Starting the day lead to another typical day in India. Amazingly the car showed up to my house exactly at 8:30, the time it was supposed to be there. I was ready to go, but was not downstairs yet. The driver honked the horn, and in two minutes he was gone, just like that. So, I carried my stuff down stairs, got some water from home, and sat downstairs and waited for the car to return. After waiting for 30 minutes, I asked Bipin (the team leader) where the car was. It had gone to pick up Sanjay, and left me at home. So the car showed up and we were off for the field at the normal late time of about 9:15.
We made it to the field office, got some concrete and other supplies, and then were off to the field. We got 1 laborer to help carry things and also help us place the concrete. We mixed up the “mud” got the water out of the stream, put the concrete in, and it’s finally done. All in all it took about 1.5 hours. I think this will work much better than the rubber gasket that we had before. And with this, we are still able to remove the face plate if we have to, and now we will not have to worry about placing the gasket back and making sure it is tight. So, overall I think concrete was the way to go from the onset.
After fixing the face plate, I walked around the watershed, checking on the instruments and downloading the data from the instruments. Everything seems to be working just fine, and it is always exciting to get a new set of data to look at and see how much rain we have gotten as well as seeing how much everything has changed in just a few short days.
After the data downloading, I mapped one of the fields we are monitoring with the EM38. I wanted to check to see what sort of changes occurred in the field in 1 weeks time. I was able to map the field two times last week, and then once this week. It will be interesting to see if the field changes a lot or a little in just 1 week.
Overall things are going very well. I am heading to the FES head office for a few days to finish the poster board and give a brief presentation to everyone there about the progress of the project. It should be a good time, and I am excited to see everyone down there. Stay tuned for more updates on the EM38 surveys.