Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-9-117-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-9-117-2020
Research article
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06 Apr 2020
Research article |  | 06 Apr 2020

Evaluating the suitability of the consumer low-cost Parrot Flower Power soil moisture sensor for scientific environmental applications

Angelika Xaver, Luca Zappa, Gerhard Rab, Isabella Pfeil, Mariette Vreugdenhil, Drew Hemment, and Wouter Arnoud Dorigo

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Soil moisture plays a key role in the hydrological cycle and the climate system. Although soil moisture can be observed by the means of satellites, ground observations are still crucial for evaluating and improving these satellite products. In this study, we investigate the performance of a consumer low-cost soil moisture sensor in the lab and in the field. We demonstrate that this sensor can be used for scientific applications, for example to create a dataset valuable for satellite validation.