Meeting summary: GEWEX/BAHC international workshop on soil moisture monitoring, analysis, and prediction for hydrometeorological and hydroclimatological applications

J. Leese, T. Jackson, A. Pitman, P. Dirmeyer

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1423-1430
    Number of pages8
    JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
    Volume82
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001

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