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

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'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.'

That's our CCI Soil Moisture team member Richard de Jeu talking. He used to be an associate professor at the Earth and Climate Cluster at the VU University Amsterdam. He's an expert in soil moisture, an important indicator of climate change. He knows how to measure moisture using remote sensing, and how to make sense of the data produced by satellites. As of 1 May he has an office at the Fast Forward programme, ATG Europe’s in-house wonderland using space technology for solving practical problems on earth. Read more at