Combining in situ Soil Moisture with Satellite Data for Improved Irrigation Recommendations

How researchers are combining in situ, drone, and satellite measurements to extract key information and how these data can be connected across scales.

Improving irrigation requires smart data gathering to help growers make better choices in the field. Measuring in situ creates high-resolution, temporal data enabling us to see clearly what’s happening over time—but only at a single point. Satellites show data across a large spatial scale but are hampered by revisit frequencies, clouds, and resolution limits.

Often we see information in a silo, looking at one type of data or another. The challenge to researchers is how to connect across these scales and combine the information to make better irrigation decisions. In this webinar, Dr. Colin Campbell explores the future of irrigation and research he’s been doing with collaborators at Brigham Young University. Learn:

  • How researchers are combining in situ, drone, and satellite measurements to extract key information
  • How these data can be connected across scales

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Dr. Colin Campbell is a senior research scientist with METER Group and serves as the Vice President of Environment. He is also an adjunct professor with the Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University where he teaches a class in environmental biophysics. Following his PhD. in Soil Physics at Texas A&M University, where he studied field scale carbon flux, Dr. Campbell has spent the last 18 years developing sensors and instruments to make measurements in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. One of the highlights of his career was working together with METER colleagues to design and build the Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe that measured multiple parameters including soil moisture and thermal properties on the surface of Mars as a part of NASA’s 2007 Phoenix Mission. His latest work has been focused on developing in situ moisture release curves and perfecting a new all-in-one mini-weather station

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