Soil Moisture 302: Hydraulic Conductivity—Which Instrument is Right for You?
Webinar - January 28, 2020

Soil Moisture 302: Hydraulic Conductivity—Which Instrument is Right for You?

Soil hydraulic conductivity is the ability of a soil to transmit water in saturated, nearly saturated, or unsaturated conditions. But measuring hydraulic conductivity can be confusing. Which measurement is right for your application: saturated or unsaturated hydraulic conductivity? And which instrument should you use?

Make the right choice

In Soil Moisture 302, Leo Rivera, Research Scientist at METER, discusses which situations require saturated or unsaturated hydraulic conductivity and the pros and cons of common methods used to measure both parameters. Find out:

  • When to measure saturated hydraulic conductivity
  • When to measure unsaturated hydraulic conductivity
  • Instruments that measure each parameter
  • The technology behind each instrument
  • Advantages vs. disadvantages of each method


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Leo Rivera operates as a research scientist and Hydrology Product Manager 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 HYPROP and WP4C. He also works in R&D to explore new instrumentation for water and nutrient movement in soil.

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