Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
Research article
09 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 09 Feb 2016

Comparison of different methods for the in situ measurement of forest litter moisture content

C. Schunk, B. Ruth, M. Leuchner, C. Wastl, and A. Menzel


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Short summary
Dead fine fuel (e.g. litter) moisture is a key parameter for wildfire and ecological applications, as it is related to ignitability, fire behavior and soil respiration. For example, fire ignition is highly likely at moisture contents below 10 %, yet nearly impossible above 25 %. Thus, fine fuel moisture measurements are very desirable; however, there is no easy-to-use automated technique available to date. This study investigates the applicability of different sensor types for this measurement.
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