The coronavirus pandemic has certainly changed where and how we work, with much greater use of online learning opportunities (webinars, online conferences, discussion fora) for training Early Career Researchers. While learning new instrumentation suitable for field work is desirable in an outdoor, socially distanced environment, many governments have imposed restrictions on how many people can meet together outdoors thus limiting the number of trainees.
Fortunately, a vast array of instructional material is already available on the internet (if you know where to look !), especially regarding the use of specific instrumentation to make measurements, as companies seek to demonstrate the capacity and ease-of-use of their products.
SHui project has collated the weblinks to much of this material and make it available in a structured format via the project website, which includes new video material (*).
Measuring plant water status:
* How to measure stomatal conductance with a porometer
-How to measure leaf water potential with a pressure chamber in the field
* How to measure leaf (or root) water potential with a pressure chamber in the laboratory
-How to measure leaf water potential via thermocouple psychrometry
-How to measure leaf relative water content
Measuring soil water status:
-How to measure soil water content via simplified TDR
-How to measure soil water potential via tensiometer
-How to measure soil water potential via thermocouple psychrometry
-How many soil moisture measurements do I need?
-How to measure soil gravimetric and volumetric water content