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A recent PhD thesis at ETH Zurich adresses important research questions

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Congratulations to Nadine Nicolai-Shaw from ETH Zurich on her successful PhD thesis defense on August 26th, 2016. In her thesis "Climate research applications of remote-sensing based soil moisture: spatial representativeness, predictability and drought response" the ESA CCI soil moisture dataset plays a central role.

The main research questions that were addressed are; what is the spatial footprint of a soil moisture measurement, with what lead time can we successfully predict soil moisture, and how do soil moisture deficits impact the climate system. So far Nadine has successfully published two articles and is in the process of submitting her third publication.

Nicolai-Shaw, N., M. Hirschi, H. Mittelbach, and S. I. Seneviratne (2015), Spatial representativeness of soil moisture using in situ, remote sensing, and land reanalysis data, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 99559964, doi:10.1002/2015JD023305.

Nicolai-Shaw, N., L. Gudmundsson, M. Hirschi, and S. I. Seneviratne (2016), Long-term predictability of soil moisture dynamics at the global scale: persistence versus large-scale drivers, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL069847.