Water potential 201: Getting the most from each measurement 

Water potential 201: Getting the most from each measurement 

Knowing your soil’s optimal water potential levels and taking measurements over time is crucial to understanding the health of your plants and to predict soil water movement. But why stop there? While water potential is powerful on its own, there is even more insight to be gleaned when it's applied to other calculations.

In this 30-minute webinar, research scientist and METER’s Director of Scientific Outreach, Leo Rivera, dives deeper into soil water potential, applications of the measurement, and how to make sure you are making the most of the tools available. Within this webinar he will discuss:

  • Using water potential data to infer other processes and properties in soil
  • The resources available to determine the right water potential ranges for your plants
  • How to choose the right water potential sensor for particular applications
  • How to minimize the possibility of preferential flow
  • The difference between soil water potential and plant water potential and when to measure each
  • And more

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.

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


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