Methods of Measuring Elevation for Ecological Research
Hello, hopefully it is alright to be posting this here.
I’m currently beginning a research project for a M.Sc plant science and part of this research will look at how crop productivity changes, as elevation changes, across variable terrain. My goal is to run a transect- imagine a long measuring tape- and at set intervals of the transect I will take various crop productivity measurements like plant biomass, soil nutrient status etc. The transect will be run from an area of low elevation to an area of high elevation in an effort to understand how crop productivity changes as elevation changes in farm fields. I need an accurate method of measuring what the elevations are in the field along the transect. So far I have narrowed it down to a rotary laser level, a robotic total station, or a GNSS system. I would love to hear what you folks think may be the best option. I would like it to be relatively simple, cost-effective, and accurate.
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