Where does it rain on a hot day's afternoon? Satellite data prepared by the VU University Amsterdam and the Vienna University of Technology show that soil moisture plays an important role. Through the synergistic use of active and passive microwave sensors the study showed that soil
moisture influences precipitation in a way that is quite different from
what models have predicted so far: convective precipitation is more
likely to occur over drier soils. Read more »
The 1st workshop on the ECV soil moisture product developed within the CCI soil moisture project took place in Vienna, Austria on the 20th and 21st of September 2012. The workshop was attended by a total of 23 participants from 12 different countries. The main objectives of the workshop were to provide participants with a complete theoretical and hands-on overview on how to access, compare and work with the ECV soil moisture product and to get critical feedback from the users. Read more »
The third progress meeting (PM 3) of the Soil Moisture CCI project took place in Vienna, Austria, on 19th of September 2012. The meeting was hosted by the project’s science lead Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien) and was split in a project and a science part. Read more »
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.
Since its publication on 18th of June 2012 about 130 users requested the 30 years of ECV soil moisture data and there are about five new requests daily. After a first analysis of user information provided during registration a clear picture of the usage of the ECV soil moisture dataset emerges. Read more »
The latest Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) includes contributions from researchers active in the CCI Soil Moisture project. From page 30 to 34 they provide an overview of the state of soil moisture for 2011 and explain the ECV merging strategy for active and passive soil moisture data. The report is available for download from the BAMS publication site. Read more »
The CCI Soil Moisture project is proud to announce the public release of the ECV soil moisture data set generated within the WACMOS and CCI Soil Moisture projects. The global soil moisture data set has been generated using active and passive microwave spaceborne instruments and covers the 35 year period from 1978 to 2013.
The Round Robin exercise of the Soil Moisture CCI project has officially kicked off on 4th of June 2012 and will last until end of November 2012. The goal of this Round Robin is to encourage the active participation of the international community in CCI soil moisture activities. Any interested person is welcome to participate and develop Level 2 soil moisture algorithms based on the material contained in the Round Robin data package. The Round Robin evaluation will be carried out by members of the CCI soil moisture project consortium. Read more »
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