An Operational In Situ Soil Moisture & Soil Temperature Monitoring Network for West Wales, UK: The WSMN Network

George P. Petropoulos* (Corresponding Author), Jon McCalmont

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This paper describes a soil moisture dataset that has been collecting ground measurements of soil moisture, soil temperature and related parameters for west Wales, United Kingdom. Already acquired in situ data have been archived to the autonomous Wales Soil Moisture Network (WSMN) since its foundation in July 2011. The sites from which measurements are being collected represent a range of conditions typical of the Welsh environment, with climate ranging from oceanic to temperate and a range of the most typical land use/cover types found in Wales. At present, WSMN consists of a total of nine monitoring sites across the area with a concentration of sites in three sub-areas around the region of Aberystwyth located in Mid-Wales. The dataset of composed of 0–5 (or 0–10) cm soil moisture, soil temperature, precipitation, and other ancillary data. WSMN data are provided openly to the public via the International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN) platform. At present, WSMN is also rapidly expanding thanks to funding obtained recently which allows more monitoring sites to be added to the network to the wider community interested in using its data.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1481
Number of pages10
Issue number7
Early online date23 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2017

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgments: The authors wish to thank Aberystwyth University for the financial support provided in this project implementation via the University Research Funds & recently of the Structural Funds funding schemes, aiming at enhancing and expanding the network operation. The authors are also grateful to Sarah Purdy & Gareth Griffith for sharing their data already via the WSMN platform. The authors wish to also thank the land owners for allowing setting up the ground instrumentation at their sites. Field assistance provided over the past years is also gratefully acknowledged, specifically to Pavlos Katidis and Gareth Ireland


  • soil moisture
  • soil temperature
  • in situ
  • monitoring networks
  • WSMN
  • Wales


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