Soil Moisture Profiling
Plant growth is dependent on the availability of water in soil, and soil moisture may be of interest in many other commercial and research applications. Soil moisture profiling systems can provide valuable data for vineyards, irrigated and dryland cropping, green roofs, landscape managers, environmental and wetland research, mining, groundwater studies and archaeological sites.
Typical Soil Moisture Profiling System
Getting the maximum benefit out of soil moisture monitoring usually requires measurement at various locations and depths. Whether it be crop irrigation, groundwater research or any other application, networks of sensors and soil moisture profiling probes can provide comprehensive data.
NexSens soil moisture profiling systems typically consist of an access tube containing sensors like the Sentek Drill & Drop that measure moisture through capacitance at various depths in the soil profile. This may be just a few sensors near the surface or probes over a meter in length, and custom configurations may go even deeper.
The NexSens X2 data logger records data from moisture sensors and transmits in near real-time to the WQData LIVE web datacenter via radio, cellular, or satellite telemetry, where historical trends can be viewed and alarms configured to send email or SMS text message notifications when soil conditions exceed critical thresholds. Systems can operate continuously thanks to SP-series solar power packs.
Other sensors that may be integrated into soil moisture monitoring systems include the Stevens HydraProbe for spot measurement of soil moisture and conductivity, tipping bucket rain gauges, solar radiation sensors and more. The X2 supports a wide-range of standard sensor types and communication protocols.
Contact a NexSens Applications Engineer today to discuss your soil moisture monitoring application.
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