Soil Moisture: New Spot

Below you will find a step-by-step description of how to create a new spot in the category “soil moisture”. You can determine the soil moisture on all unsealed soils. Make sure your GPS is turned on (in the settings outside the app).

Make sure the coordinates are correct. Otherwise drag the map to your location.

Choose SOIL MOISTURE.

Take a picture of the site, so others can find out where you did your observation. Insert the arrow or circle to indicate the exact location of your measurement in the picture.

Estimate the soil moisture with your hands or shoes. Imagine placing a backpack onto the ground to determine the best fitting class:

  • DRY: You could set the backpack on the ground and even after a long time, it would still be dry.
  • GRADUALLY DAMP: You could set the backpack on the ground and after some time it would slowly get moist.
  • GRADUALLY WET: You could set the backpack on the ground and after some time it would slowly get wet.
  • IMMEDIATELY WET: You could set the backpack on the ground and it would immediately get wet.
  • MUDDY: If you were to step on the ground you could hear a squeaky sound from the wet soil.
  • WELLING: If you were to step on the ground you could see water coming out of the ground next to your shoe.
  • SUBMERGED: There is water on the surface before you step on it.
  • RAIN/SNOW: There is snow on the surface or it is currently raining – this means you cannot do a measurement.

You can then also enter a site description, so the next user can find the location more easily. Upload your contribution by clicking SAVE.