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Sensors 2017, 17(7), 1481; doi:10.3390/s17071481

An Operational In Situ Soil Moisture & Soil Temperature Monitoring Network for West Wales, UK: The WSMN Network

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Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth SY23 3DB, UK
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Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences, University of Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth SY23 3EE, UK
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Received: 20 February 2017 / Revised: 9 June 2017 / Accepted: 13 June 2017 / Published: 23 June 2017
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This paper describes a soil moisture dataset that has been collecting ground measurements of soil moisture, soil temperature and related parameters for west Wales, United Kingdom. Already acquired in situ data have been archived to the autonomous Wales Soil Moisture Network (WSMN) since its foundation in July 2011. The sites from which measurements are being collected represent a range of conditions typical of the Welsh environment, with climate ranging from oceanic to temperate and a range of the most typical land use/cover types found in Wales. At present, WSMN consists of a total of nine monitoring sites across the area with a concentration of sites in three sub-areas around the region of Aberystwyth located in Mid-Wales. The dataset of composed of 0–5 (or 0–10) cm soil moisture, soil temperature, precipitation, and other ancillary data. WSMN data are provided openly to the public via the International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN) platform. At present, WSMN is also rapidly expanding thanks to funding obtained recently which allows more monitoring sites to be added to the network to the wider community interested in using its data. View Full-Text
Keywords: soil moisture; soil temperature; in situ; monitoring networks; WSMN; Wales soil moisture; soil temperature; in situ; monitoring networks; WSMN; Wales
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Petropoulos, G.P.; McCalmont, J.P. An Operational In Situ Soil Moisture & Soil Temperature Monitoring Network for West Wales, UK: The WSMN Network. Sensors 2017, 17, 1481.

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