An Examination of Soil Moisture Estimation Using Ground Penetrating Radar in Desert Steppe
AbstractGround penetrating radar (GPR) is a new technique of rapid soil moisture measurement, which is an important approach to measure soil moisture at the intermediate scale. To test the applicability of GPR method for soil moisture in desert steppe, we used the common-mid point (CMP) method and fixed offset (FO) method to evaluate the influence factors and the accuracy of GPR measurement with gravimetric soil moisture measurements. The experiments showed that Topp’s equation is more suitable than Roth’s equation for processing the GPR data in desert steppe and the soil moisture measurements by GPR had high accuracy by either CMP method or FO method. To a certain extent, the vegetation coverage affects the measurement precision and the soil moisture profile. The precipitation can reduce the effective sampling depth of the ground wave from 0.1 m to 0.05 m. The results revealed that GPR has the advantages of high measurement accuracy, easy movement, simple operation, and no damage to the soil layer structure. View Full-Text
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Lu, Y.; Song, W.; Lu, J.; Wang, X.; Tan, Y. An Examination of Soil Moisture Estimation Using Ground Penetrating Radar in Desert Steppe. Water 2017, 9, 521.
Lu Y, Song W, Lu J, Wang X, Tan Y. An Examination of Soil Moisture Estimation Using Ground Penetrating Radar in Desert Steppe. Water. 2017; 9(7):521.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lu, Yizhu; Song, Wenlong; Lu, Jingxuan; Wang, Xuefeng; Tan, Yanan. 2017. "An Examination of Soil Moisture Estimation Using Ground Penetrating Radar in Desert Steppe." Water 9, no. 7: 521.
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