Choosing the Right Water Potential Sensor in 2023

If you’re not measuring water potential, or not measuring it correctly, your data could be telling you the wrong thing. Water content measurements can only tell you so much, and inferring water potential from water content is inaccurate at best, and completely misleading in worst-case scenarios.

Which sensor is perfect for you?

In this 30-minute webinar, METER research scientist Leo Rivera discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of measuring soil water potential. He walks you through the considerations and choices you need to take into account to select the ideal water potential sensor for your needs. Discover the challenges, limitations, and advantages of new sensor tech, and learn how to collect the most accurate measurements for your particular application.

Learn about:

  • The large variety of technology available on the market
  • The most recent trends and technologies
  • Installation considerations and the tools available to make install better
  • The limitations of using water content to infer water potential
  • Our most recent research projects and findings


Leo Rivera operates as a research scientist and Director of Client Success at METER Group, the world leader in soil moisture measurement. He earned his undergraduate degree in Agriculture Systems Management at Texas A&M University, where he also got his Master’s degree in Soil Science. There he helped develop an infiltration system for measuring hydraulic conductivity used by the NRCS in Texas. Currently, Leo is the force behind application development in METER’s hydrology instrumentation including the SATUROHYPROP and WP4C. He also works in R&D to explore new instrumentation for water and nutrient movement in soil.

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Our scientists have decades of experience helping researchers and growers measure the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. 

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