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ESA Space for Our Climate features nearly 4 decades of soil moisture data availability


A new ESA article features that a new, long-term and global dataset of soil moisture measurements from space has been released to help us better understand the water cycle and climate, monitor agriculture and manage our water resources. See a video of daily global soil moisture and read more here.

The image shows soil moisture anomalies in the United States and the Gulf of Mexico for the last 10 days of August 2017. Blue depicts areas with higher soil moisture than usual, while brown shows lower soil moisture than usual for this time of the year. The image clearly shows the impact of Hurricane Harvey in southern Texas. Read more »

Austrian TV ORF interview on remote sensing, soil moisture and disaster control

During last week's soil moisture workshops which were held at and organized by GEO at TU Wien, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) interviewed Susanne Mecklenburg (ESA), Rolf Reichle (NASA) and Wouter Dorigo (TU Wien) on the possibilities remote sensing data of soil moisture offers for disaster control. Read more »

Two soil moisture workshops brought 110 scientists from 21 nations to Vienna

About 110 scientists from 21 nations participated to the ESA CCI Soil Moisture user workshop and the Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop ( held in Vienna from 18th to 20th September 2017. The aim was to share latest scientific insights in the retrieval, validation, and use of satellite-derived soil moisture. Read more »

Global soil moisture conditions featured in "BAMS State of the Climate in 2016"

The yearly returning authoritative summary of the global climate, led by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been published in the State of the Climate 2016 Report of the American Meteorological Society. The report features a global overview of recent and historical variations of climatological variables, including soil moisture from the ESA CCI soil moisture dataset. Page 30-32 of the report highlight the global soil moisture conditions in 2016 with respect to their historical context. The ESA CCI soil moisture data show a strong similarity with related terrestrial water cycle components such as terrestrial water storage, precipitation, the self-calibrating PDSI, and terrestrial evaporation.
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New publication on the state-of-the art and future directions of soil moisture monitoring

A new publication shows how ESA CCI Soil Moisture improves Earth system understanding, highlighting state-of-the art and future directions.

 Highlights are:

•State-of-the-art of the ESA CCI soil moisture (ESA CCI SM) product specifications

•A comprehensive assessment of the ESA CCI SM error characteristics

•A unique synthesis of studies using ESA CCI SM to improve Earth system understanding.

•Identification of future algorithmic and programmatic priorities Read more »

Call for abstracts: ESA CCI Soil Moisture User Workshop and 4th Satellite Soil Moisture Validation and Application Workshop

The ESA CCI Soil Moisture team is keen on your feedback to constantly improve the data set and also see its various applications. Thus, we invite you to participate to our upcoming workshops in 2017. Read more »

ESA CCI SM v03.2 - Updated and extended global soil moisture dataset released

The ESA CCI Soil Moisture team is pleased to announce the update of the most comprehensive global time series of satellite based soil moisture. Read more »

A recent PhD thesis at ETH Zurich adresses important research questions

Congratulations to Nadine Nicolai-Shaw from ETH Zurich on her successful PhD thesis defense on August 26th, 2016. In her thesis "Climate research applications of remote-sensing based soil moisture: spatial representativeness, predictability and drought response" the ESA CCI soil moisture dataset plays a central role. Read more »

CCI Soil Moisture featured in BAMS State of the Climate in 2015 report

State of the climate in 2015

The CCI Soil Moisture team is proud to announce that a an overview of recent and historical  global CCI soil moisture conditions were published in the State of the Climate Report, the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Read more »

User workshop and 4th progress meeting held in Noordwijk

User workshop participants

A Soil Moisture User workshop was held from 28th to 29th April 2016 at the premises of ESA ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, following a two day progress meeting of the CCI Soil Moisture team (PM 4). Read more »

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