Wüstebach: Joint field campaign (JFC) in 2020

Foto: slopy greenland and forest with measuring equipment and gauges | Foto: Cosmic Sense consortium
Photo: Cosmic Sense consortium
Map of the measurement area with the locations of the planned probes | Map: Cosmic Sense consortium
Picture: Cosmic Sense consortium

From beginning of September to end of October 2020 the Cosmic Sense Team conducted its second Joint Field Campaign at the TERENO site in Wüstebach (FZ Jülich) in the Eifel region. All in all 15 CRNS sensors from six participating institutions were installed to massively cover the entire upper Wüstebach catchment area. Stationary CRNS measurements were accompanied by mobile applications with rovers and a hot air blimp and a variety of other measurements, such as soil moisture measurements and soil sampling, vegetation mapping, remote sensing and gravimetric measurements.

A detailed documentation of the activities is given below.

Map of the measurement area with the locations of the planned probes | Map: Cosmic Sense consortium
Picture: Cosmic Sense consortium

Activities and developments

47. week (16.11.-20.11.2020): Now also the last CRN-Probes are dismantled. The common field campaign is officially finished and all collected data will now be reviewed and evaluated by the scientists in the following weeks and months.

46. week (09.11.-13.11.2020): This is the last week of the joint field campaign.
The first instruments are dismantled and so only a few probes are left in the field to count neutrons.

45. week (02.11.-06.11.2020): During this week maintenance work was done again, like changing the batteries and moving the calibrator to the next probe to calibrate it. It is the last week before the end of the campaign.

44. week (26.10.-30.10.2020): Inspections and maintenance work will be carried out during this week and the roving will take place as well.

43. week (19.10.-23.10.2020): This week the soil moisture measurements could be carried out, this time the weather was fine. Five scientists from the University of Potsdam and one scientist each from KIT and FZ Jülich have taken a total of 62 soil samples. While one of them was measuring the soil moisture, three scientists from the UFZ Leipzig were working on the hot air blimp overflight.

42. week (12.10.-16.10.2020): Unfortunately the weather forecasts for the large soil moisture measurement campaign are very unfavorable. So, the team is still forced to wait for better weather conditions. Furthermore, the roving and gravimeter measurements will take place again this week. This week he was our guest in Wüstebach, Germany, as Mercator Fellow Marek Zreda. He and the team from FZ Jülich inspected the area.

41. week (05.10.-09.10.2020): This week the roving will take place.

40. week (28.09.-02.10.2020): During this week, the gravimeter measurements will be carried out by GFZ Potsdam again. Because of the current unfavorable weather conditions, the zepelin overflight and the soil moisture measurement campaign cannot be carried out as planned.

39. week (21.09.-25.09.2020): This week the roving will take place sporadically and, depending on the weather, remote sensing may still be possible.

38. week (14.09.-18.09.2020): During this week, the gravimeter measurements will be carried out by GFZ Potsdam and the vegetation mapping will be continued by the staff of the University of Potsdam. A highlight is, besides the roving from FZ Jülich, the installation of the newly developed Styx probe from Heidelberg University. The first transmitted data are expected here with great excitement. The current transmission status of all CRNS can be viewed here.

37. week (07.09.-11.09.2020): The team of the Remote Sensing research module of the TU Berlin tries this week, despite the unfavorable weather forecasts drone overflights. Furthermore the first unit of vegetation mapping and monitoring by the University of Potsdam and the roving by the FZ Jülich.

36. week (31.08.-04.09.2020): It is the official start of the field campaign. All CRNS are standing and sending data. On Wednesday the roving was done by FZ Jülich. Due to the current bad weather conditions the Remote Sensing activities (TU Berlin) could not be performed this week, but are planned for the coming weeks.

35. week (24.08.-28.08.2020): Installation of the CRN probes in Wüstebach is prepared and carried out. There will be 15 probes on the measuring area. Also the first measurements with the gravimeter will be started this week.

 

 

 

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