Water content sensor for biological soil crusts
Sensors, Devices and Components
Soil water content sensor, biological soil crusts, BSC, precipitation equivalent
At the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry for the first time a sensor was developed especially for measuring the water content within the uppermost 5 mm of the BSC. Furthermore, an automatic calibration routine was designed to calculate the water content or precipitation equivalent of the crust sample over time. In contrast to many other sensor types on the market, this sensor is suitable for long-term measurements due to its low-maintenance properties. In combination with its low production costs this allows permanent sensor arrays over large spatial areas.
- Allows both short- and long-term measurements (low-maintenance properties)
- Low production costs
- High reliability
- Sensor arrays allow assessment of crust activity over large spatial areas
- Software for sensor calibration does exist.
- Data evaluation by means of common data analysis software (e.g. Microsoft Excel)
- Ref.-No.: 0901-4720-WT (6.4 MiB)
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