Temperature and humidity is recorded above and below ground as part of a research project investigating the carbon dynamics of a natural UK woodland.
The School of Environmental Sciences at the University
of Liverpool is running a research project investigating the role
of natural woodland in the national budget of carbon emissions and
sequestration. Tinytag Plus 2 temperature
and humidity loggers are being used to monitor above
and below ground over a period of two years in a forested National
Nature Reserve in the Wye Valley. Four loggers are deployed, two
temp/RH, and two buried about 5cm below the soil surface.
The recorded data is compared with the rates of
decomposition of tree roots to see if temperature and humidity
changes influence these rates. It is also used to compare
soil and air temperatures to understand woodland microclimates.
Professor of Environmental Sciences Richard
Bradshaw, comments, "I have found the Tinytags
to be reliable and robust, with a long battery life. They are easy
to use and the Tinytag Explorer software is
very versatile in displaying the recorded data.
The image shows the 'below ground' Tinytags placed in a
sunken plastic pipe