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NIDIS Soil Moisture & Soil Temperature Sensor Network with the U.S. Climate Reference Network

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Main Summary

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.

Research Snapshot

Principal Investigator(s)

LaToya Miles

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What to expect from this research
  • 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
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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.

The US Climate Reference Network (USCRN) is a system of NOAA climate observing stations that use high-quality instruments to measure temperature, precipitation,

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