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The users of the Soil Moisture CCI can be grouped in:

Climate Modelling User Group (CMUG)

The Climate Modelling User Group (CMUG) consist of notable European institutions representing an interface of the CCI program and the wider climate research community. The CMUG is intended as a structured forum allowing for discussion and inter-comparison of assessment methods, agreement on best practices and common standards, and multi-disciplinary assessments of the consistency, error characteristics and impacts of the global data products generated by CCI. CMUG allows for an integrated analysis of all ECVs being addressed in the first Phase of the CCI program. CMUG will provide integrated feedback assuring that ECV products will evolve according to their and the wider Climate Research Communities needs.

Climate Research Community

One focus of this project is the involvement of the end users of the generated soil moisture products. To reach this objective not only the project internal climate modellers and the Climate Modelling User Group will participate. Also other interested climate modellers are invited to provide their input in the requirements analysis, in round robin actions and the data validation. The wider climate research community includes the Climate Modelling User Group and the institutions engaged in the project team as partners.

Key users

Several climate and numerical weather prediction modelling groups that already have significant experience in the use of remotely sensed soil moisture data sets are key users. Key users of the Soil Moisture CCI are:

Organisation Country Representative of
Met office Hadley Centre United Kingdom Key user
MPI Meteorology Germany CMUG and CliSAP
Meteo France France Key user
ECMWF International Key user
MPI Biogeochemistry Germany Key user


Other users

In addition to climate-modelling researchers, other scientists can also benefit from the soil moisture product generated in this project.