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5 ways site disturbance impacts your data—and what to do about it

5 ways site disturbance impacts your data—and what to do about it

When it comes to measuring soil moisture, site disturbance is inevitable. We may placate ourselves with the idea that soil moisture sensors will tell us something about soil water even if a large amount of soil at the site has been disturbed. Or we might think it doesn’t matter if soil properties are changed around the sensor because the needles are inserted into undisturbed soil. The fact is that site disturbance does matter, and there are ways to reduce its impact on soil moisture data. Learn about:

  • Non-disturbance methods
  • The consequences of disturbance
  • Crushing macropores
  • Soil density issues
  • Mixing horizon layers
  • Ruining root systems causes problems
  • Trench installation issues
  • Profile probe limitations
  • Borehole installation pros and cons
  • Controlling the scale of disturbance

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