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Special Issue on Satellite Soil Moisture and ESA CCI SM published in JAG

CCI Soil Moisture team members Wouter Dorigo and Richard de Jeu have been guest editor of a special issue on “The advances in the validation and application of remotely sensed soil moisture” in the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (IF 3.5). The aim of this special issue is to give a comprehensive state-of-the-art on the potential and limitations of various new satellite products, in particular with respect to the various application fields. The ESA CCI Soil Moisture dataset plays a central role in many of the publications. Read more »

Call for Abstracts: 3rd Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop

Register now for the 3rd Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop, New York, NY

Date: September 21, 2016 - September 22, 2016

Location: New York City, NY (Hotel TBD)

Adding value to soil moisture information for climate studies

As part of ESA CCI soil moisture activities, the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) funded the International Team „Adding value to soil moisture information for climate studies“, led by William Lahoz (NILU). One of the goals of the team was to strengthen links between the ESA CCI Soil Moisture community, other land surface ESA CCIs, and the carbon cycle community. The International Team had its second and last meeting in November 2015. Read more »

ESA Living Planet 2015 fellowship: Soil moisture controls on fire emissions

ESA has awarded a Living Planet Postdoc fellowship 2015 to Matthias Forkel. The study called “CCI data for assessing SOil moisture controls on FIre Emissions (CCI4SOFIE)” was submitted by Wouter Dorigo (TU Wien; ESA CCI soil moisture), Matthias Forkel (MPI Biogeochemistry), Guido van der Werf (VU Amsterdam; ESA CCI Fire), and Richard de Jeu (Transmissivity; ESA CCI soil moisture) and will assess the role of soil moisture in controlling fire ignition, spread, and emissions into the atmosphere (e.g. CO2, NOx). Read more »

Advances in the Validation and Application of Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture - Special issue in JAG

The user uptake of the CCI Soil Moisture ECV data set is reflected in the overwhelming response to a special issue on “the advances in the validation and application of remotely sensed soil moisture” in the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformations, edited by two CCI science team members, Richard de Jeu and Wouter Dorigo.

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New extended version of ESA CCI SM released

We are pleased to announce the publication of ESA CCI SM v02.2 which extends the data record until December of 2014 and now covers a period of 36 years. The new release also has some new features including improved soil moisture dynamics, a better spatial coverage, and an improved inter-calibration between the different satellites. Read more »

CCI soil moisture contribution selected as climate highlight by NOAA climate office

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Soil moisture matters – this was now also confirmed by NOAA in the latest 2014 State of the Climate / BAMS report. Read more »

Midsummer progress meeting at NILU in Oslo

CCI Team in front of NILU, Oslo

The second progress meeting (PM 2) in Phase 2 was hosted by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) in Oslo, Norway from 18-19th June 2015.

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Why is it dry in California? 35 years of satellite data may help

'Since 1978 we have satellites gathering data on soil moisture. More than 35 years of data. We  need to make better use of that. So we're building datasets that help us better understand droughts, and predict them.' Read more »

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