The International Workshop on Soil Moisture Monitoring, Analysis, and Prediction for Hydrometeorological and Hydroclimatological Applications considered the potential for implementing a global system during this decade and for identifying the priorities for the research needed to achieve such a global system. The workshop attendees advised that a global system should provide measurements and/or estimates of volumetric soil water content on at least a daily basis at 50-km resolution and at vertical resolutions consistent with vegetative rooting depths within the resolution grid. It was generally agreed that a global soil moisture monitoring system would be model based with in situ and remotely sensed measurements used primarily for validation and evaluation of the model-derived fields. The consensus of the workshop participants was that a global system for soil moisture is needed and, furthermore, a system could be implemented on an experimental basis with tools currently available. However, many future improvements were seen as essential to make such a system fully operational. Among the several workshop recommendations, it was strongly recommended that the development of a global system to produce model-derived estimates of soil moisture should be started immediately.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2001|