Soil Moisture Sensing Industry Representative Trains and Interacts with CAHS’ Students and Research Scientists
Knowledge of soil moisture and the measurement of soil moisture help to answer important questions about drought, flood forecasting, greenhouse gas emissions, food security and crop production. To provide basic knowledge on the science of the analytical measurements of soil moisture content and soil water potential, the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences (CAHS) at PVAMU and Stevens Water Monitoring Systems Inc. jointly organized a Soil Physics Workshop at the Agriculture and Business Multipurpose Building on February 6, 2018. This workshop, coordinated by Ripendra Awal and Richard Griffin, was focused on soil moisture sensors, their installation and calibration, and their use in agriculture production and water management studies. Research scientists and more than 40 CAHS students participated in this training with their instructors Drs. Griffin and Annette James.
CAHS’ leadership initiated this event to increase cooperation among the agricultural industry, CAHS’ research scientists, and students. A continued collaboration was the discussion between Mr. Keith Bellingham and the Interim Dean and Land-Grant Program Director, Ali Fares, after the training.
It’s important to note that Stevens Water Monitoring Systems Inc., based in Portland, Oregon, is a manufacturer and marketer of integrated hydrological, meteorological and oceanographic monitoring instrumentation, accessories and information systems that help optimize water resource management and enhance forecasting.
Instructor Keith Bellingham And Workshop Participants
Photo credits by Dr. Ripendra Awal.
Ripendra Awal, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Natural Resources and Environmental Systems Research