Articles | Volume 19, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3505–3516, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3505-2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3505–3516, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3505-2015

Research article 10 Aug 2015

Research article | 10 Aug 2015

Qualitative soil moisture assessment in semi-arid Africa – the role of experience and training on inter-rater reliability

M. Rinderer et al.

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A field method for assessing soil moisture in semi-arid conditions is proposed and tested in terms of inter-rater reliability with 40 Tanzanian farmers, students and experts. The seven wetness classes are based on qualitative indicators that one can see, feel or hear. It could be shown that the qualitative wetness classes reflect differences in volumetric water content and neither experience nor a certain level of education was a prerequisite to gain high agreement among raters.