Articles | Volume 21, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3199–3220, 2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3199–3220, 2017
Research article
29 Jun 2017
Research article | 29 Jun 2017

Monitoring soil moisture from middle to high elevation in Switzerland: set-up and first results from the SOMOMOUNT network

Cécile Pellet and Christian Hauck

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This paper presents a detailed description of the new Swiss soil moisture monitoring network SOMOMOUNT, which comprises six stations distributed along an elevation gradient ranging from 1205 to 3410 m. The liquid soil moisture (LSM) data collected during the first 3 years are discussed with regard to their soil type and climate dependency as well as their altitudinal distribution. The elevation dependency of the LSM was found to be non-linear with distinct dynamics at high and low elevation.