Remote-sensing measurements, including L- and P-Band radar, hyperspectral imaging and LiDAR will be linked to terrestrial measurements at six monitoring sites in forested catchments across New Zealand.
NIWA has deployed sensors to measure the climate, groundwater, streamwater, and other measurements with their Lora sensor network. Together data collected by Scion and NIWA sensors will provide a real time understanding of water use, water retention and water release in catchments. Forest Flows has in total 19 different types of sensors and collectors at each primary site.
In addition, periodic terrestrial measurements will provide catchment spatial data including tree species biomass productivity, tree species leaf area index, soil physical properties mapping, bedrock and ground water mapping, precipitation soil residence time, soil and groundwater nitrate fluxes, and seasonal water sources for trees.