Articles | Volume 21, issue 6
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, Marvin Reich, Michal Mikolaj, Benjamin Creutzfeldt, Stephan Schroeder, and Hartmut Wziontek


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by Editor) (22 May 2017) by Uwe Ehret
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ED: Publish as is (25 May 2017) by Uwe Ehret
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.