Scientific equipment for climate research, industrial measurements and air quality analysis


Delineated soil columns with a known volume and surface area for laboratory or field use to determine water balance variables.

UGT has continuously developed lysimeter technology for 25 years. Their patents, which cover both the station itself and the sensors in the lysimeter, enable scientists in Europe and around the world to carry out their lysimeter experiments using state-of-the-art technology. Customized versions will be implemented on request.
Weighable and nonweighable lysimeters can be equipped with leachate collecting system, additional sensors (such as tensiometers, soil moisture probes, thermometers, and suction probes), pore water extraction system, UGT weather station with climate sensors and module for controlling the lower boundary condition of the Lysimeter.

  • utilize to investigate water balances of ecosystems or crop water use of rain fed crops
  • add sensors such as tensiometers, soil moisture probes, thermometers to investigate functioning and mechanisms of ecosystems 
  • typically used at agricultural sites, forest sites, landfill sites and post-mine landscapes
  • up to 4 lysimeters can be put together in autonomous UGT-lysimeter stations made of PE-HD
  • non-destructive excavation of the soil monolith by patented UGT-Excavation Technology


UGT lysimeter

UGT large customized lysimeter

Lysimeter can be build from solid concrete or hermetically sealed PE-HD container stations. In special cases, the possibility exists to integrate metal housing (usually stainless steel). Different versions are available:

  • weighable and non-weighable lysimeters
  • forest lysimeters
  • groundwater lysimeters
  • hillside lysimeters
  • moor lysimeters
  • roof lysimeters
  • urban track lysimeters
  • applications: agriculture & soil science         

Ready-to-go lysimeter 

Weighable lysimeter for field use with high-precision measurement technology for small soil columns with a diameter of 0.3 m, 0.5 m or 0.8 m and a length of 0.3 m, 0.6 m or up to 0.9 m.

  • consists of a stainless steel lysimeter vessel, weighing system, leachate tank with tipping counter, a series of high-precision and accurately fitting soil hydrological sensors and one control station each
  • includes tensiometers, water content & temperature probes and suction probes
  • optional: pore water extraction system, UGT weather station with climate sensors, module for controlling the lower boundary condition of the Lysimeter
  • applications: agriculture & soil science

Lab lysimeter 

Laboratory lysimeters allow studying soil processes on a laboratory scale

  • different materials can be integrated easily
  • possibility to control the boundary conditions using a suction base or overhead irrigation
  • configure measuring probes freely    
  • applications: agriculture & soil science


Device for continuous observation of soil development.

  • automated high resolution image collection with individual image editing
  • undisturbed observation and multi-scaling (from 21 x 30 cm to 50 µm)
  • analysis software to quantify pore size, root length, growth rate, soil porosity etc.
  • applications: agriculture & soil science

Rhizotron chambers

System for root zone observations and investigation of different environmental factors on the growth & development of the plant root system.

  • stress factors such as temperature stress, water & drought stress or further chemical (e.g. pH value, content of different substances in soil), biological (e.g. age of the plants) and physical (e.g. bulk density, soil type) stress
  • compatible with UGT Soilinsight®
  • chamber size can range from a few centimeters to large volume chambers with a height of 1.5 m
  • applications: agriculture & soil science

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