Developing an Open Source Soil Health Monitoring System
SoliCamb is a student-led initiative from the University of Cambridge. In partnership with the Centre for Global Equality, we aim to develop a low cost, durable and easy to use sensing platform to measure soil nutrients and moisture content. Soil health monitoring is essential for the wellbeing of local ecosystems and, on a larger scale, indicative of global warming status. Through engaging citizen scientists in Cambridgeshire (UK) and overseas in Umzimvubu (South Africa), as well as providing access to analysed soil data, this initiative aims to empower and engage the public with global issues relating to environmental sustainability.
The team have been busy out in the field this week, testing the latest prototype of our modular device at the National Trust site, Anglesey Abbey. The sensing units returned some excellent results, showing readings with a clear distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ soil. One our base units and moisture retention probes are also on their way to Ethiopia, to conduct some more field testing with local communities!