Articles | Volume 21, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3167–3182, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3167-2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3167–3182, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3167-2017

Research article 29 Jun 2017

Research article | 29 Jun 2017

Landscape-scale water balance monitoring with an iGrav superconducting gravimeter in a field enclosure

Andreas Güntner et al.

Data sets

Superconducting gravimeter data of iGrav006 and auxiliary hydro-meteorological data from Wettzell Güntner, A., Reich, M., Mikolaj, M., Creutzfeldt, B., Schroeder, S., Thoss, H., Klügel, T., and Wziontek, H. https://doi.org/10.5880/igets.we.gfz.l1.001

Superconducting gravimeter data from Wettzell – Level 1 Wziontek, H., Wolf, P., Nowak, I., Richter, B., Rülke, A., and Wilmes, H. https://doi.org/10.5880/igets.we.l1.001

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Short summary
Monitoring water storage changes beyond the point scale is a challenge. Here, we show that an integrative and non-invasive way is by observing variations of gravity that are induced by water mass changes. A high-precision superconducting gravimeter is successfully operated in the field and allows for direct and continuous monitoring of the water balance and of its components, such as actual evapotranspiration.