Stevens Hydra Probe Soil Sensors Deployed in Florida Swamp for Restoration Study

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Coastal wetlands provide a large number of critical functions that benefit the surrounding ecosystems and the neighboring human population centers. Coastal flood plains and wetlands help prevent the flooding and destruction of coastal communities by storm surges, acting as a natural buffer to protect communities near the coast.

The bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is one of the dominant tree species of southeastern coastal floodplains, but is sensitive to changes in water quality, such as salt water intrusion. Many human activities, such as reduction in stream flow from dam diversions and municipal withdrawals from coastal fresh water aquifers have caused harm to these ecosystems.

A four-year study was recently completed which utilized the Stevens Hydra Probe Soil Sensor to collect groundwater moisture and salinity data from Florida’s Loxahatchee River floodplain.

Conducted by Dr. David Kaplan and Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena of the University of Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, useful relationships between river channel flows, soil moisture and porewater salinity were developed to better predict the effects of proposed restoration and management scenarios.

Continue reading the article online to learn more about the research and how the Hydra Probe was utilized for quality data collection.

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