This project, led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will include the installation of over 500 soil moisture and snowpack monitoring stations by four state mesonets in the region (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming). The stations will provide high-quality “total water” monitoring (precipitation, wind speed and direction, solar radiation, air temperature, relative humidity, snow depth, and soil moisture), distributed about every 25 miles over the basin, and will provide a direct benefit to river, weather, and climate applications, including early warning for the hydro extremes of flooding and drought.
The ribbon cutting was held at the newly upgraded mesonet station located on the South Dakota State Extension Outdoor Campus in Sertoma Park, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dignitaries at the event included Senator Mike Rounds; Governor Kristi Noem; SDSU President Barry Dunn; Col. Mark Himes of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance board members Elizabeth Wakeman and Reno Red Cloud; Kevin Low of the NOAA Missouri Basin River Forecast Center; SDSU Mesonet Director Nathan Edwards; Andrew Berg of the City of Sioux Falls; and Jerry Schmitz with the South Dakota Soybean Association.
Stimulating progress towards realizing the NCSMMN’s vision was a key goal of the 2022 National Soil Moisture Workshop, held on August 9–10, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. The 13th annual National Soil Moisture Workshop provided a unique opportunity for leaders in soil moisture research and development to come together in an interactive format to exchange ideas and develop collaborations across their research areas and with the user community.
During this event, the workshop organizing committee and the NCSMMN Executive Committee awarded Dr. Michael Cosh the inaugural Soil Moisture Community Award. Dr. Cosh is a research hydrologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, where his research interests include in-situ soil moisture network development and assessment, scaling of land surface parameters, and validation of satellite soil moisture products. He has been a leader in the effort to build a coordinated soil moisture information system to serve the country and beyond. He was one of the founding organizers of the Marena Oklahoma In Situ Sensor Testbed (MOISST), as well as the annual National Soil Moisture Workshop. He has also served as chair of the NCSMMN Executive Committee for several years.
The Soil Moisture Community Award will be presented annually at the National Soil Moisture Workshop to that individual, either research- or practitioner-oriented, who demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to building the soil moisture community of practice and delivering soil moisture–related products and services to support the public good.
The workshop was hosted by Ohio State University, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and NIDIS. Video recordings of the workshop presentations are available through the NIDIS YouTube channel, or the workshop event page. Or, learn more about the national and regional research supported by the NCSMMN.