Soil moisture is a key variable for assessing the onset and magnitude of both drought and flooding extremes, but accurately measuring it over a large spatial extent and systematically reporting it have proven to be challenging. To address this issue, NOAA's Weather Program Office funded a new project, with support from the CPO-led National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), to enhance the soil moisture monitoring network in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The project will also improve the application of soil moisture data to decision making in the region.
Expanding the network in the Southeast is critical to the NIDIS Southeast Drought Early Warning System (DEWS), and will be included in the NIDIS-led National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (NCSMMN). The NCSMMN is a cross-agency, national initiative aimed at building a shared platform for soil moisture data and decision support tools.
This project supports the missions of NIDIS, the National Cooperative Observer Program, the NOAA Water Initiative, and the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act.
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