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Scientists involved in the CCI Soil Moisture project have published a new article on Evaluating global trends (1988-2010) in harmonized multi-satellite surface soil moisture in GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS.

Global trends in a new multi-satellite surface soil moisture dataset were analyzed for the period 1988-2010. 26.6% of the area covered by the dataset showed significant trends (p=0.05). Of these, 73.2% were negative and 26.8% positive.

Key Points are

  • First global trend analysis of harmonized satellite surface soil moisture
  • Global trend patterns dominated by desiccation of soil surface
  • Similarities with trends in modeled soil moisture, precipitation, and NDVI

The full citation reads:

Dorigo, W. A., R. A.M. de Jeu, D. Chung, R. M. Parinussa, Y. Y. Liu, W. Wagner, and D. Fernandez-Prieto (2012), Evaluating global trends (1988-2010) in harmonized multi-satellite surface soil moisture, Geophys. Res. Lett.,VOL. 39, L18405, 7 PP., 2012, doi:10.1029/2012GL052988