soil electrical conductivity


Also known as soil EC

Date created: 2019-10-01
Date modified: 2020-08-10

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Electrical conductivity (EC) can be determined in the field using a portable EC meter. EC is the ability of a material to transmit (conduct) an electrical current and is commonly expressed in units of milliSiemens per meter (mS/m). Soil EC measurements may also be reported in units of deciSiemens per meter (dS/m), which is equal to the reading in mS/m divided by 100.


White, A, Sparrow, B., Leitch, E., Foulkes, J., Flitton, R., Lowe, A.J., Caddy-Retalic, S. (2012). AusPlots Rangelands Survey Protocols Manual. Version 1.2.9 page 76. Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network and The University of Adelaide Press.


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