EMS Annual Meeting Abstracts
Vol. 18, EMS2021-273, 2021
EMS Annual Meeting 2021
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Towards establishing an Irish National Soil Moisture Monitoring Network

Tamara Hochstrasser1,2, Caren Jarmain3, Klara Finkele4, Paul Murphy2,5, Owen Fenton6, Karl Richards6, Eve Daly7, Matthew Saunders8, Thomas Cummins5, Rebecca Whetton9, and Fiachra O'Loughlin10
Tamara Hochstrasser et al.
  • 1School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2Earth Institute, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 3Centre for Geographical Analysis, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
  • 4Met Eireann, Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 5School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 6Teagasc, Environmental Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland.
  • 7Ryan Institute, School of Natural Sciences, National University Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
  • 8Botany Department, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 9School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 10School of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

The hydrologic cycle is currently being altered due to climate change and the potential impacts are diverse. Long-term monitoring of the components of this cycle will aid our understanding of these changes. Soil moisture is one of the components often neglected, with few long-term datasets available. It is an important variable, regulating the exchange of water and heat energy between the land surface and the atmosphere through evaporation and plant transpiration. Our understanding of soil moisture dynamics is often limited, and an expansion of the current monitoring network holds many benefits. Recently, a process was initiated to establish an effective Irish National Soil Moisture Monitoring Network. This network aims to be research question driven, consistent in its measurement approach and designed to be useful for ongoing research. Here we report on the consultation process that started in early 2020 within the Irish Agmet group, a working group on Agrometeorology. Specifically, we (1) provide background to the consultation process that showed widespread support for a long-term soil moisture monitoring network which led to funding applications to establish this network, (2) review initiatives underway to monitor soil moisture and other components of the hydrologic cycle and highlight the benefits of long-term widespread measurements to various initiatives and sectors, (3) suggest new and novel monitoring technologies that will be investigated and (4) provide an implementation strategy for what is anticipated to be an efficient and successful network. The paper should serve as a starting point to obtaining widespread support for a national hydro-climate monitoring network.

How to cite: Hochstrasser, T., Jarmain, C., Finkele, K., Murphy, P., Fenton, O., Richards, K., Daly, E., Saunders, M., Cummins, T., Whetton, R., and O'Loughlin, F.: Towards establishing an Irish National Soil Moisture Monitoring Network, EMS Annual Meeting 2021, online, 6–10 Sep 2021, EMS2021-273, https://doi.org/10.5194/ems2021-273, 2021.

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