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SOIL MOISTURE MEASUREMENT. Soil moisture information is essential for determining irrigation schedules, for the evaluation of water and solute fluxes, and for partitioning of ner radiation into latent and sensible heat components.

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Soil moisture measurement

SOIL MOISTURE MEASUREMENT


Soil moisture measurement

  • Soil moisture information is essential for determining irrigation schedules, for the evaluation of water and solute fluxes, and for partitioning of ner radiation into latent and sensible heat components.

  • Soil moisture determinations are typically characterize by measuring either the soil-water content or the soil-water potential. Soil-water content is an expression of the mass or volume of water in the soil while the soil-water potential is an expression of the soil-water energy status.


Method of measurements

Method of measurements:

  • Direct measurement method of the Soil water content,

  • Indirect measurement methods of the soil water content,

    • Radiological methods

      • Neutron attenuation

      • Gamma absorption

    • Soil-water dielectrics

      • Time-domain reflectometry

      • Microwave probe

  • Emerging technologies

    • Pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance

    • Remote sensing

  • Soil-water potential instrumentation

    • Tensiometers

    • Resistance blocks

    • Psychrometers

There are different methods employed for different applications, ranging from simple soil moisture blocks using electrical resistance, to TDR methods and electrical capacitance.


Cs616 soil moisture sensor

CS616 Soil Moisture Sensor


Soil moisture measurement

  • The CS616 Water Content Reflectometer measures the volumetric water content of porous media using time-domain measurement methods that are sensitive to dielectric permittivity. The probe consists of two 30 cm long stainless steel rods connected to a printed circuit board. The circuit board is encapsulated in epoxy, and a shielded four-conductor cable is connected to the circuit board to supply power, enable probe, and monitor the output. The probe rods can be inserted from the surface or the probe can be buried at any orientation to the surface.


Soil moisture measurement

  • The reflectometer connects directly to one of the datalogger's single-ended analog inputs. A datalogger control port is typically used to enable the CS616 for the amount of time required to make the measurement. Datalogger instructions convert the probe square-wave output to period which is converted to volumetric water content using a calibration.


Reflectometer measurement method

Reflectometer measurement method

  • The differentially-driven probe rods form a transmission line with a wave propagation velocity that is dependent on the dielectric permittivity of the medium surrounding the rods. Nanosecond rise-times produce waveform reflections characteristic of an open-ended transmission line. The return of the reflection from the ends of the rods triggers a logic state change which initiates propagation of a new wavefront. Since water has a dielectric permittivity significantly larger than other soil constituents, the resulting oscillation frequency is dependent upon the average water content of the medium surrounding the rods. The megahertz oscillation frequency is scaled down and easily read by a datalogger.


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