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Soil Moisture Data Sets Become Fertile Ground for Applications

04 February 2019

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An integrated data platform harmonizes many disparate soil moisture data sets to better inform disaster response planners, climate scientists and meteorologists, farmers, and others.

When you think about the latest scientific instruments aboard satellites and in networks on the ground, collecting data on how wet (or dry) the soil is probably isn't the first thing that springs to mind. However, soil moisture measurements can alert farmers to crop stress, pinpoint saturated areas where rainfall could trigger landslides, and contribute to a host of other applications.

Source: Earth & Space Science News

Image credit: University of Southern California's SoilSCAPE project - Installation and maintenance of in situ soil moisture sensors require extensive fieldwork.

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