Subgrade Temperature Probe

Geonor, Inc - Precision Instrumentation


geonor_rst_-subgrade_temperature_probeThe Subgrade Temperature Probe is a 9’ array of thermistors which is designed to be installed in pavement subgrade to measure thermal profile over the long-term. Two types are available: analog and digital.

The analog design is compatible with traditional CRREL (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory) types, in which the individual thermistors are connected sequentially to an external data logger which sends clocking pulses to advance to the next channel. The thermistors are more closely spaced (3”) near the top to respond to the steep gradient to the pavement surface temperature, while at depth the thermistors are spaced 6” apart.

The digital design is externally identical, with thermistors in identical locations. The design differs in that each thermistor is individually connected to a precision power supply, analog/digital converter, and calibration microcontroller, with data returned on a RS485 digital bus. Data is collected via a serial port on the logger (e.g. ports C7/C8 on a Campbell CR1000), with a low-power RS485 adapter connecting to the temperature probe. Because of the tiny analog circuit and individual digital calibration, the achieved resolution and accuracy are superb. The probe can be run on switched 12V to minimize idle current.


  • Analog or digital versions.
  • Dedicated connection for each thermistor to power, analog/digital converter and calibration microcontroller.
  • Superb resolution and accuracy


  • For installation in pavement subgrade to measure thermal profile over the long-term


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