LI-COR – LI-710 Evapotranspiration Sensor
About the Company:
LI-COR is an environmental technology innovator for plant physiology, ecosystem, soil, light, water, and greenhouse gas research. In addition to eddy covariance systems, trace gas analyzers, and soil gas flux systems, LI-COR also offers atmospheric and underwater light sensors, leaf area meters, and software.
About the Solution:
The direct measurement of evapotranspiration hasn’t been widely performed because of the typical cost and complexity of measurement methods. Indirect methods rely on estimates based on crop coefficients and reference or potential evapotranspiration, which leads to uncertainty.
With the LI-710, LI-COR aims to give you high-quality evapotranspiration measurements for a fraction of the cost of more complex direct measurement methods. You can deploy multiple sensors to expand your data collection footprint. You don’t need to hire a data analyst, and it has low ongoing power and maintenance costs.
The LI-710 measures actual evapotranspiration—water vapor moving out of the field and into the atmosphere—without the need for crop coefficients. It works over any relatively flat and uniform ground cover at field or ecosystem scale.
The LI-710 Evapotranspiration Sensor can be used to accurately quantify evapotranspiration for many applications including:
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
NOTE: There are multiple technologies that are used as part of integrated manure management systems and yet are not manure management types on their own. The impact of these technologies on their own would be minimal or very difficult to quantify.
General Support & Other:
- Can be an integral part of many manure management systems
- Most projects have at least some equipment that supports operations of the main technology
- This technology is not evaluated on its own, the NEAT Matrix for this technology is neutral unless utilized with other technologies.
LI-COR has recently been added to the Newtrient catalog. Newtrient will continue to work with LI-COR to further refine the cost and performance information on their solution. Newtrient will update this entry as more information becomes available and as new commercial dairy installations come online.
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