by Mat Dirjish
Environmental measurement company LI-COR introduces its LI-710 evapotranspiration (ET) sensor, which it claims represents a breakthrough in measuring actual ET. According to the company, ET is the amount of water that moves from soil and plants into the atmosphere. It is an important part of drought monitoring, water budgets, irrigation scheduling, watershed management, and remote sensing verification. However, ET measurements are not common due to the cost and complexity of current methods.
Reportedly, the LI-710 is a simpler and cost-effective tool for the direct measurement of actual ET with accuracy that is comparable to traditional eddy covariance, the gold standard for collecting ET data. Essentially, the sensor makes this critical measurement accessible and affordable.
Bill Miller, Senior Product Manager at LI-COR, said, “We knew there’s a real need to make high quality, direct measurements of ET more accessible. We made high quality data, ease of use, and low price our top three targets for this project and we kept our focus on designing a sensor that could deliver all three.”
The company expects to ship the LI-710 this summer, 2023. To glean more and/or to request a quote, peruse the LI-710 overview.
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