Matthias Oismüller, Rasmi Silasari and Isabella Pfeil (new doctoral student of the Vienna Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems, watch her profile here) are currently installing the temporal soil net again at the HOAL fields.
The soil net sensors had to be removed from the fields for a short period due to the farmes were cultivating the fields for the next season.
The sensors are installed in a depth of -5, -10, -20 and -50cm and will stay there until next summer, where the fields will be harvested again.
Yesterday the deep borehole drilling campaign at the HOAL was finished. The groundwater layer was hit at almost all surveying gauges, at one location we drilled up to 41m to hit this layer. The gauges will now be equipped with serveral sensors for a continuous monitoring.
See some more impressions of the quite challenging - due to partly bad weather and other issues - campaign.
This week a deep borehole drilling campaign at the HOAL started which is a part of the collaborative work with the TU Wien geophysics group. Eight significant spots spread over the catchment were determined and at each of this spots a borehole with a depth of 15 meters is drilled and a gauge installation is set up.
All gauges will be equipped with different sensors to measure hydrological and geophysical parameters. The aim of this set up is to gain data from the underground happening processes and to verify models and hydrological and geophysical measurement campaigns from the surface.
Rasmi Silasari (catchment hydrology research at HOAL) is currently operating an infiltrometer campaign with a 'Doppelring infiltration' device. She wants to analyse the different soil conditions to get a better understanding of the different hydraulic conductivities in the catchment.
Also she is doing some of the tests close to the locations where drainage pipes are installed below ground surface, to see if the applied water during the tests is affecting the drainage system and showing response at the outlet of the drainage pipes, which are monitored with calibrated H-flume weirs.
In the last days Patrick Hogan (DK WRS), Matthias Oismüller (TU Wien) and Claire Brenner (BOKU Wien) installed soil flux sensors, radiation sensors and an eddy covariance station at the border of two fields with different land use. On one field maize is growing, the other field is currently bare ground (wheat field after harvest).
The goal is to measure the different fluxes over the different land uses.
In addition a drone with thermal cameras was operated, to catch thermal images and videos over the different land uses.