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GI | Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 9, 117–139, 2020
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Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 9, 117–139, 2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 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 et al.

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Soil moisture plays a key role in the hydrological cycle and the climate system. Although soil...