Could drones be part of the NEON project's arsenal of data collection platforms one day? Their low cost and versatility could help the NEON project expand its airborne remote sensing capacities. Before integrating them into NEON's operations, however, more work has to be done.
The amount of moisture in the soil is one of the critical variables that influence the overall makeup and diversity of the local ecosystem. To ensure data quality and consistency across 47 field sites, scientists had to carefully calibrate soil moisture sensors. Here's what they did—and why it matters to the NEON community.