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High Altitude Soil Testing: Increasing Accessibility of Data from Remote Locations

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posted on 13.07.2021, 20:57 by Justin Rubalcaba
A device designed to be placed in high-altitude environments for long periods of time. The device has 4 sensors that measure the soil temperature and moisture at 1-2 inch depth. These readings are logged on a storage device on board, as well as sent via the Iridium Satellite network to a remote host.

The goal of the device is for it to be able to be put it in the field for multiple years, without the need to physically retrieve the data. The areas which we wish to study are difficult to access and can usually only be reached during the late summer months. By remotely sending the data, researchers on the receiving end will be able to study the data on a daily, rather than yearly, basis. This poster was presented at the 2021 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Summer Meeting held virtually in July 2021.

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