Office Hours 11: Soil moisture measurements

Office Hours 11: Soil moisture measurements

There’s a lot to consider when collecting soil moisture measurements. Are you collecting the right data for your application?

Are you using the right sensor for your soil type? What if you’re using a soilless media instead? Join Environment Support Manager, Chris Chambers, and Director of Science Outreach, Leo Rivera, as they discuss submitted questions all about getting the best soil moisture measurements. In this episode, they will discuss:

  • How difficult is the calibration of dielectric sensors?
  • How does soilless media affect the operation of dielectric sensors?
  • How much can organic soil amendments influence soil moisture?
  • Is it possible to determine the soil hydraulic properties from soil water content?
  • Why volumetric water content instead of gravimetric water content?
  • What is the best way to correct for the temperature sensitivity of sensors?
  • And more.


Chris Chambers operates as the Environment Support Manager and the Soil Moisture Sensor Product Manager at METER Group, the world leader in soil moisture measurement. He specializes in ecology and plant physiology and has over 10 years of experience helping researchers measure the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.

Leo Rivera operates as a research scientist and Director of Science Outreach at METER Group, the world leader in soil moisture measurement. He earned his undergraduate degree in Agriculture Systems Management at Texas A&M University, where he also got his master’s degree in Soil Science. There he helped develop an infiltration system for measuring hydraulic conductivity used by the NRCS in Texas. Currently, Leo is the force behind application development in METER’s hydrology instrumentation, including the SATURO, HYPROP and WP4C. He also works in R&D to explore new instrumentation for water and nutrient movement in soil.


Our scientists have decades of experience helping researchers and growers measure the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.

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