Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Real-time In-situ Soil Monitoring for Agriculture (RISMA)
Data Changes for April 14 2014
We have made some changes to our data quality controls. Please read the list of changes to see how the data changes may affect you.
Soil moisture is a critical variable in agri-environmental monitoring as it often determines rates of crop growth and productivity, rates of soil biogeochemical processes that impact soil fertility and determines boundary layer conditions that drive meteorological processes. In 2010 and 2011, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), with collaboration from Environment Canada, established three in situ monitoring networks near Kenaston SK, Carman MB and Casselman ON as part of the Sustainable Agriculture Environmental Systems (SAGES) project titled Earth Observation Information on Crops and Soils for Agri-Environmental Monitoring in Canada. The near real time in situ soil moisture/temperature and precipitation data from these three networks are used to calibrate and validate remote sensing and modelled soil moisture products. By 2014, most of the in situ stations in the Saskatchewan and Manitoba networks will be equipped with additional meteorological sensors to complement the existing data with air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and wind direction. For more information, click here.
Acknowledgements: AAFC acknowledges the land owners for permission to use their land for stations and surveys; Environment Canada for site maintenance, site collaboration and technical support; University of Guelph and University of Manitoba for technical support; University of Saskatchewan for site collaboration; and University of Calgary for web site support.
Click on the Current/Daily Button or the Current/Daily Tab above for an interactive map of the network station locations and to view graphs of current and daily data, click on the station of interest. Data can also be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the 15-Minute Data tab above. Sign up and log-in to download data series. For more detailed information about the data and the network stations, click here.
In-situ monitoring networks with near-real time soil moisture, soil temperature and meteorological data have been established in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario to capture conditions for the main agricultural crop types, soil textures and ecozones in Canada. The data can be used by local producers for day to day operational decisions or for scientific verification and calibration of remote sensing products, modelling, flood forecasting and drought monitoring.