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Research Project: Modeling Soil Moisture at the Watershed Scale using In Situ Networks

Location: Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-66000-001-04-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2016
End Date: Aug 31, 2021

Objective:
To determine how the NOAA Climate Reference Network data records can help to inform USDA soil moisture research by comparison of the long time series data at this national network to the USDA Soil Climate Analysis Network as well as other high density in situ networks throughout the U.S.

Approach:
Soil moisture monitoring is becoming more prevalent in agriculture and new technologies are evolving which capture different aspects of the soil moisture distributions across space and time. Soil moisture is most beneficial with long time series to study as it points to the underlying hydrologic fluxes which influence weather, climate, and agriculture. Therefore, it is necessary to determine how these new networks and technologies compare to longer time series and other more intensive observations systems including field experiments, to generate as much as possible a continuous soil moisture history for scientific investigation.