Soil Moisture Probes Coming to Ohio!

May 19, 2017
Assistant State Climatologist Jim DeGrand, Undergraduate Research Stephen Maldonado, and SCOO collaborator Aaron Wilson pose for a picture near the OARDC-Columbus meteorological tower preparing to intall soil moisture probes in the ground.

Monday May 15, 2017 was an exciting day for SCOO! We installed our first soil moisture probes as part of our Connect and Collaborate Grant: Connecting Climate and People to Improve Outcomes for Ohio and Beyond. This project is funded by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Enviromental Sciences Department of Extension, Office of Energy and Environment, and Outreach and Engagement. Thanks to OARDC for the opportunity to expand observations across Ohio! Three more sites will be equipped in the next few weeks. Along with the in-ground probes, SCOO purchased hand-held soil moisture meters to be distributed to select Extension Educators to aid in soil moisture observations in other locations. As a larger goal, SCOO would like to greatly expand soil moisture observations all around the state to improve a number of key objectives as data stewards in Ohio including improved hydro-monitoring and air in nutrient stewardship.