Deep soil moisture and temperature sensor installation
Most of the data scientists collect is about surface soil layers (<30 cm). We wanted to collect data at a depth of 50cm without damaging experimental plots. Here are a few snapshots and pointers from that experience.
Threading sensor cable into protective housing
In the dryland systems where I currently work, destruction of sensor cables is quite common. Large herbivores and rodents are the worst culprits, ripping out cable and chewing through multiple protective layers and disabling sensors.
To overcome this, we have been using irrigation tubing to protect sensor cables, both above and below soil surface level. Here I share a few photos of the process I’ve used to protect the cables.