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https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2019-97
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Data description paper 17 Jun 2019

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A distributed soil moisture, temperature and infiltrometer dataset for permeable pavements and green spaces

Axel Schaffitel1, Tobias Schuetz2, and Markus Weiler1 Axel Schaffitel et al.
  • 1Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, Freiburg i. Br., 79098, Germany
  • 2Faculty of Regional and Environmental Sciences, University of Trier, Germany

Abstract. Knowledge on water and energy fluxes is a key for urban planning and design. Nevertheless, hydrological data for urban environments is sparse and as a result, many processes are still poorly understood and thus inadequately represented within models. We contribute to reduce this shortcoming by providing a dataset, which includes time series of soil moisture and soil temperature measured underneath 18 different permeable pavements (PPs) and 4 urban greenspaces located within the city of Freiburg (Germany). Time series were recorded with a high temporal resolution of 10 min with a total of 65 individual soil moisture sensors and cover a measuring period of 2 entire years (Nov. 2016 – Oct. 2018). The recorded time series contain valuable information on the soil hydrological behavior and demonstrate the effect of surface properties and surrounding urban structures on soil temperatures. In addition, we performed double-ring infiltration experiments, which in combination with the soil moisture measurements yielded soil hydrological parameters for the PPs including porosity, field capacity and infiltration capacity. We present this unique dataset, which is a valuable source of information for studying urban water and energy cycles. We encourage its usage in various ways e.g. for model calibration and validation purposes, to study thermal regimes of cities and to derive urban water and energy fluxes. The dataset is freely available at the FreiDok plus data repository at https://freidok.uni-freiburg.de/data/149321 and https://doi.org/10.6094/UNIFR/149321 (Schaffitel et al., 2019).

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A distributed soil moisture, temperature and infiltrometer dataset for permeable pavements and green spaces. A. Schaffitel, T. Schuetz, and M. Weiler https://doi.org/10.6094/UNIFR/149321

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This paper contains detailed information on the instrumentation of permeable pavements with soil moisture sensors and the performance of infiltration experiments on these surfaces. The collected data is beneficial for studying urban water and energy cycles. It contains valuable information on the hydrological behavior of permeable pavements and on urban subsurface heat anomalies. Due to the lack of similar data, we are convinced that the dataset has a great scientific value.
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