Articles | Volume 20, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1269–1288, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-1269-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1269–1288, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-1269-2016

Research article 30 Mar 2016

Research article | 30 Mar 2016

Use of cosmic-ray neutron sensors for soil moisture monitoring in forests

Ingo Heidbüchel et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (05 Dec 2015) by Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen
AR by Ingo Heidbüchel on behalf of the Authors (15 Jan 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Jan 2016) by Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen
RR by Heye Bogena (05 Feb 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (09 Feb 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (18 Feb 2016)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (26 Feb 2016) by Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen
AR by Ingo Heidbüchel on behalf of the Authors (07 Mar 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (16 Mar 2016) by Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen
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Short summary
Cosmic-ray neutron sensors bridge the gap between point-scale measurements of soil moisture and remote sensing applications. We tested four distinct methods to calibrate the sensor in a temperate forest environment using different soil moisture weighting approaches. While the variable leaf biomass of the deciduous trees had no significant influence on the calibration, it proved necessary to modify the standard calibration method to achieve the best sensor performance.