Virridy to develop soil carbon sensors and models
We are developing an entirely new sensor-based approach to the monitoring of soil carbon changes. The current state of the science, products and market relies on expensive and unreliable field measurements that are difficult to scale and/or modeling approaches that are partially to wholly abstracted from real-world changes in field conditions. Our new soil carbon sensors system (US patent pending # 63/263,444) is designed to bridge the gap between field measurements and models through the provisioning of high quality, detailed information on soil processes such as decomposition rates and soil carbon dioxide production. These data streams can be combined with mechanistic carbon models through formal data assimilation approaches to create models estimates of carbon stock changes that are more deeply linked to and constrained by field observations.