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Main Title Integrated Measurement of Soil Moisture by Use of Radio Waves.
Author Chadwic, Duane G. ;
CORP Author Utah Water Research Lab., Logan.
Year Published 1973
Report Number PRWG103-1; DI-14-31-0001-3657; OWRR-B-062-UTAH; 03772,; B-062-UTAH(2)
Stock Number PB-227 242
Additional Subjects Soil water ; Measuring instruments ; Remote sensing ; Moisture meters ; Radio waves ; Field tests ; Attenuation ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-227 242 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 98p
An integrated value of soil moisture can be determined by measuring the attenuation of vertically-polarized surface radio waves that are propagated over the ground between a transmitting and receiving antenna. Soil moisture values in the root-zone region were measured over longitudinal distances typically ranging from 50 feet to 600 feet with good results. Integrated soil moisture measurements over greater distances are also possible. The received field strength of propagated radio surface waves closely matches theoretical calculations. The measurement is easily made and does not disturb the soil. Dense, green vegetation, such as alfalfa or corn, causes errors in measurement accuracy. Less dense vegetation, such as range land, does not seriously affect measurement accuracy. The described equipment is portable and can be used by an unskilled operator. (Author)