New findings improve the way we take and analyze field measurements
A more accurate and robust method to measure the water content in soil is now available, thanks to a study conducted by researchers from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.
Researchers have developed a numerical model for simulating the waveform in soil by using Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) and a new calibration equation. The results are published in the May/June issue of Soil Science Society of America Journal. Chih-Ping Lin, assistant professor of civil engineering, was the lead scientist on the research, conducted from 1999 to 2001 with support from the National Science Council, Taiwan.
"The TDR waveforms vary not only with the soil water content, but also with the soil types, bulk density, and probe parameters," said Lin. "If these factors can be taken into account in the analysis, we can have a better algorithm for determining the soil water content."
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