Research in the HOAL / Soil moisture
30 August 2017

Splash erosion investigations

Nives Balenovic, doctoral student from Croatia working in a cooperation project from IKT...


17 August 2017

New paper published by R. Silasari

Rasmiaditya Silasari recently published her paper in the journal 'Hydrological Processes'. The...


02 August 2017

Infiltrometer measurements over whole catchment

Giorgio Nicchi and Tommaso Picciafuoco, guests students from University of Perugia, Italy are...


30 June 2017

Temporal soil net removal

Currently the temporal soil net, which is measuring soil moisture and soil temperature down to...


12 May 2017

Maintenance campaign

Last week several doctoral students of the doctoral programme were busy in the HOAL in...


Science Questions – How can Small Scale Soil Moisture Variability be Related to the Response of Satellite Sensors?

Understanding the controls of spatial soil moisture patterns in small catchments is essential for upscaling soil moisture from point to catchment scales as needed for drought predictions. The relative importance of the factors driving the spatial distribution of soil moisture will change during the season, e.g. topography may control the soil moisture distribution during wet periods, and vegetation and soil properties may be more dominant during dry conditions, which will affect the way satellite sensors see the soil moisture.

A soil moisture network of more than 30 stations within the catchment was set up that uses wireless transmission technology. Time Domain Transmission sensors are used which measure the dielectric conductivity from the propagation velocity of an electromagnetic wave.

Scaling analyses are conducted to relate the soil moisture variability to a larger landscape context. There is a close interaction with the transpiration and flood generation analyses.

soil moisture