NIDIS Soil Moisture & Soil Temperature Sensor Network with the U.S. Climate Reference Network
Since 2009, NIDIS has provided funding to NOAA’s Air Resources Laboratory and National Centers for Environmental Information for the development of and research based on a high-quality soil moisture monitoring network, the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN). This includes soil moisture sensor installation, data acquisition and integration, data ingest, and quality control/quality assurance at 113 stations in the coterminous United States and Alaska. Several research products are being developed using this real-time in-situ soil moisture data to support operational drought and hydrological monitoring, experimental land surface modeling, and other activities.
- Drought indices product
- Product applying standardization methods to satellite soil moisture estimates
- Research evaluating the use of soil moisture as an indicator for flash drought, wildfire, and other drought-related topics
U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN): Quality-Controlled Daily Soil Moisture, Soil Temperature, and Meteorological Data
The U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) is a NOAA network of climate monitoring stations with sites across the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii.
USCRN provides a selected subsets of monthly, daily, hourly and sub-hourly (5-minute) USCRN/USRCRN data, including air temperature, precipitation, solar radiation, surface temperature and soil mois