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A method for extensive spatiotemporal assessment of soil temperatures during an experimental fire using distributed temperature sensing in optical fibre

Author(s): Ryan Tangney, Nader A. Issa, David J. Merritt, John N. Callow, Ben P. Miller
Year Published: 2018
Description:

The use of distributed temperature sensing (DTS) for ecological applications has increased rapidly in the last 6 years. Here we demonstrate the first use of DTS to measure soil temperatures during a fuel reduction burn – in an urban grassy Tuart–Banksia woodland remnant near Perth, Western Australia. Optical fibre with an acrylate material coating (diameter 242 μm), but no other jacketing or cabling, was buried in the soil at depths between 0 and 5 cm. Measurements were recorded over 316 m of optical fibre using a DTS measurement unit, providing data over a 5.5-h period at 20-s intervals; resulting in 1243 temporal measurements at 60-cm spatial resolution. Soil temperatures were calibrated to an error of ±6.8% at 250°C. Methods for installation, calibration and data visualisation are presented. Issues associated with assessment of DTS data in a fire ecology context are discussed.

Citation: Ryan Tangney A B F , Nader A. Issa C , David J. Merritt A E , John N. Callow D and Ben P. Miller BP. 2018. A method for extensive spatiotemporal assessment of soil temperatures during an experimental fire using distributed temperature sensing in optical fibre. International Journal of Wildland Fire 27(2) 135-140. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF17107
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Soil Heating
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 17135
Record updated: Mar 27, 2018