The project aims to combine satellite remote sensing, ground sensors and other data to demonstrate a nationwide monitoring of soil moisture at field level.
  • DatesOctober 2017 to March 2021
  • SponsorSTARS CDT (BBSRC and NERC)
  • PartnersCentre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford

Knowledge of soil moisture and available water at the field scale would have a significant impact on agriculture, hydrology and meteorology. Measurement by satellite-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is confounded by vegetation and soil texture, especially in the UK, with its great diversity of landscape, soil and land use. Buy combining SAR data with information from the UK COsmic-ray Soil Moisture Observing System (COSMOS-UK), land surface models, meteorological observations, and soil property databases it is this project's aim to establish a field-scale mapping capability for soil moisture across the whole of the UK and beyond.