A Strategy for the National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring Network
The National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (NCSMMN) is a collaborative effort among federal agencies, soil moisture scientists, state mesonet operators, and others to plan for and support nationally-coordinated soil moisture monitoring, data assimilation, and product development. As a key milestone of this effort, and in direct response to the requirement in the NIDIS Reauthorization Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-423) for a national soil moisture strategy, NIDIS and its partners prepared this document, with the goal of identifying a roadmap forward and the resources needed to implement a coordinated national network that will provide high-quality, nationwide soil moisture information for the public good.
The NCSMMN Strategy includes: a summary of current in situ networks, as well as remote sensing and modeling data resources; a discussion of network design considerations; guidance for in situ network installation and quality assurance/control; and considerations and recommendations for strategy implementation. The following nine recommendations are detailed as a part of the strategy:
- Determine a home agency and management structure for the NCSMMN.
- Establish a web presence and formalize communication and outreach planning for the NCSMMN.
- Formalize partnerships with the National Mesonet Program and existing monitoring networks.
- Develop a set of criteria for high-quality data sources.
- Support research necessary to develop or improve NCSMMN methodologies.
- Increase in situ soil moisture monitoring nationwide.
- Explore increasing partnerships with the private sector.
- Engage with the citizen science community.
- Develop, release, and promote NCSMMN products.