A SOIL MOISTURE SENSOR FOR USE IN POLAR REGIONS

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$40,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
5388
Agency Tracking Number:
5388
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7333 West Jefferson Ave, Suite 210, Lakewood, CO, 80235
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
Dr. Loren D. Nelson
President
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A NEW AND POTENTIALLY VERY ACCURATE AND INEXPENSIVE CONCEPT OF SOIL MOISTURE MEASUREMENT IS PROPOSED. IT CAN DISCRIMINATE PERMAFROST FROM LIQUID MOISTURE IN SOIL. THE PROPOSED TECHNOLOGY CAN QUANTIFY TOTAL SOIL MOISTURE CONTENT IN VOLUMETRIC UNITS OF GRAMS PER CUBIC CENTIMETER. UNLIKE OTHER LOW COST TECHNOLOGIES, THE PROPOSED DEVICE IS THEORETICALLY INDEPENDENT OF SOIL TYPE, SOIL BINDING ENERGY, AND DISSOLVED MATTER CONDUCTIVITY ERRORS. IN PHASE I LABORATORY TESTS WILL BE CONDUCTED DEMONSTRATE THAT THE PROPOSED THEORY IS CORRECT AND THAT HARDWARE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROPOSED SOIL AND PERMAFROST MOISTURE MEASURING DEVICE IS POSSIBLE. PHASE II WILL BE DEVOTED TO DURABLE HARDWARE IMPLEMENTATIONS AND FIELD TESTS IN ARCTIC AND POLAR CLIMATES.

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