AbstractA novel self-contained probe is presented which measures the sediment temperature of tidal flats between the surface and 40-cm depth, and indicates whether the flats are flooded or dry. Depending on the selected acquisition interval, the endurance of the probe is more than 6 months. It can be applied for the investigation of thermodynamic properties of the tidal flats impacting physical and biological processes. Intensive tests have shown that the probe is robust and reliable and can be easily operated by a single person. In case of rough weather conditions, the usage of scour protectors is recommended.