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  • Soil moisture monitoring station

    PureSense Environmental Inc. recently installed its soil moisture monitoring equipment at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The installation at Cal Poly is in a cauliflower seed project run by students of the university. The equipment allows students to view soil moisture data and learn how to make informed irrigation decisions based on the data they receive from the ...


  • Study tracks ´memory´ of soil moisture

    Original story at MIT News The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet’s water — less than one-thousandth of a percent. Yet because of its position at the interface between the land and the atmosphere, that tiny amount plays a crucial role in ...

  • NASA Satellite Set to Get the Dirt on Soil Moisture

    A new NASA satellite that will peer into the topmost layer of Earth's soils to measure the hidden waters that influence our weather and climate is in final preparations for a Jan. 29 dawn launch from California. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will take the pulse of a key measure of our water planet: how freshwater cycles over Earth's land surfaces in the form of soil moisture. ...

  • Mapping Earth`s soil moisture with NASA

    Professor Dara Entekhabi from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is to lead a science team designing a NASA satellite mission to collect global soil moisture measurements and other data seen as key to improving weather, flood and drought forecasts and predictions of agricultural productivity and climate change. At present, scientists have no network for gathering soil ...

  • Soil Moisture Probes as a management tool for broadacre cropping enterprises

    Are you interested in being involved in a 'Cutting Edge' Agronomic Project and Discussion Group? SANTFA and Rural Directions Pty Ltd, are kicking off a project focussing on Soil Moisture Probes as a management tool for broadacre cropping enterprises, which will run from July 2009 through to May 2010. The project is about using soil moisture monitoring as a guide for making informed decisions in ...

  • New mission will provide global maps of soil moisture and ocean salinity

    ESA's next Earth Explorer, SMOS, has just passed the all-important Flight Acceptance Review, signifying that all the elements that make up the mission are in place for launch later this year. The satellite can now be prepared for its journey to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The Flight Acceptance Review is a formal procedure to ensure that all the mission elements are in order and ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • First-light images from NASA’s soil moisture satellite revealed

    Original story at MIT News As severe weather hazards continue to afflict parts of the country to historic extremes, Professor Dara Entekhabi of the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and a team of NASA scientists provide an unprecedented resource to accurately observe moisture levels within the ...

  • NASA Soil Moisture Radar Ends Operations, Mission Science Continues

    Mission managers for NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory have determined that its radar, one of the satellite's two science instruments, can no longer return data. However, the mission, which was launched in January to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed, continues to produce high-quality science measurements supporting SMAP's objectives with ...

  • New Soil Moisture and Temperature Sensor from Delta-T Devices – the SM150T

    The new SM150T Sensor is ideal for measuring moisture content and temperature in soils and substrates. It has a wide range of applications across science, horticulture and agriculture, and is a reliable and cost-effective sensor for system integrators, who appreciate its ease of installation and simple interface (0 – 1 V DC output). The SM150T’s advanced patented electronics and ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • Continuous moisture measurement of biomass for better energy content data

    Moisture content is one of the fundamental parameters when deciding on biomass fuel quality as this in turn dictates energy content and price. In short, water is expensive to transport and to remove. The traditional methods of determining moisture content and bulk density almost all involve random sampling from a consignment which is not without drawbacks. The Dutch company INADCO, exhibiting for ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Onset® Adds Plug-and-Play Soil Moisture Sensor to Weather Station Product Line

    BOURNE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Onset Computer Corporation (http://www.onsetcomp.com), the world leader in data loggers, today announced that it has expanded its line ...


    By Onset Computer Corporation

  • New improved ML3 ThetaProbe Soil Moisture and Temperature Sensor by Delta-T Devices

    The new ML3 Soil Moisture and Temperature sensor represents the latest step in the evolution of Delta-T Devices ThetaProbe series - offering extra features, improved performance and a new look, without any price increase over its predecessor. With its 1% accuracy the research-grade ThetaProbe continues to set the standard for soil moisture measurement - whilst the addition of a thermistor sensor ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • Screening soil moisture conditions reveals an increased risk of drought in a Swedish drainage basin

    The risk of drought in the Norrström drainage basin, Sweden, increased during the 20th century, a new study has found. As the frequency of the dry periods increased, less water was available in the landscape for agriculture and for the resupply of groundwater — despite an increase in precipitation in the area over the same period. The researchers reached this conclusion after screening ...

  • Soil moisture and ocean salinity (SMOS) satellite forms three-pointed star in the sky

    Following the launch of ESA's SMOS satellite on 2 November, the French space agency CNES, which is responsible for operating the satellite, has confirmed that the instrument's three antenna arms have deployed as planned, and that the instrument is in good health. During launch and the first few orbits around Earth, the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) instrument's antenna arms remained ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Giumarra Reedley activates PureSense Soil Moisture Monitoring Systems and realizes immediate benefits

    One month after installing PureSense to manage irrigation for 80 acres of stone fruit trees, Giumarra Reedley, a division of the Giumarra Companies, is seeing promising results. Since PureSense's Field Monitoring Stations were installed, the orchard's root zone is already at least 12 inches deeper and trees are showing 8 to 14 inches of unexpected new growth. "In past growing seasons, we have not ...


    By PureSense Inc.

  • Soil climate monitoring in Antarctica

    Antarctica, the coldest place on earth, has an area of about 14 million sq. km. About 98% of the continent is covered by ice, which averages about 2100 m thick. This vast ice sheet contains the earth’s largest fresh water reserve. Of the ice-free ground, only 0.3% is available for soils to form. Currently there are seven soil climate stations in Antarctica, which monitor a range of ambient ...

  • Measuring global soil changes

    Global change is increasingly affecting important terrestrial ecosystem functions such as the filtering and buffering capacity of soils, the supply of clean water, soil fertility, and consequently, the production of food, feed, and fiber. Recent studies and reports from the United Nations indicate that water and soil resources are both heavily under pressure. Worldwide about 2 billion ha of land ...

  • Unsaturated Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice

    The definitive guide to unsaturated soil - from the world's experts on the subject! This book builds upon and substantially updates Fredlund and Rahardjo's publication, Soil Mechanics for Unsaturated Soils, the current standard in the field of unsaturated soils. It provides readers with more thorough coverage of the state of the art of unsaturated soil behavior and better reflects the manner in ...


  • Restoring coastal wetlands? check the soil

    Rising sea levels and coastal development are threatening coastal freshwater wetlands with saltwater intrusion. While most ecosystem restoration projects have focused on surface water and groundwater, new research finds that conditions in the vadose zone, the unsaturated soil below the surface but above the water table, are of particular importance to seedling survival in coastal floodplain ...

  • New soil map for African farmers

    Responding to sub-Saharan Africa's soil health crisis, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) announced this week an ambitious new effort to produce the first-ever, detailed digital soil map for all 42 countries of the region. This project combines the latest soil science and technology with remote satellite imagery and on-the-ground efforts to analyze thousands of soil samples ...

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