As part of the DFG research group "Cosmic Sense", the project "Massive Coverage" establishes dense networks of so-called Cosmic Ray Neutron Sensors (CRNS). For this purpose, two more intensive monitoring campaigns (Fendt / Oberbayern, Wüstebach / Eifel) and longer-term monitoring campaigns (Schäfertal / Harz, Marquardt / Brandenburg) are conducted. The goal is, on the one hand, the comprehensive recording of soil moisture dynamics within the root zone of small catchments (approximately one square kilometre). On the other hand, the intensive monitoring allows the generation of high resolution soil moisture maps beyond the actual sensor footprint by employing inversion and downscaling methods.
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