The Southeastern U.S Soil Moisture Network Build-out and Applications Development project focuses on developing new soil moisture technologies and applications for improving assessments and forecasts of water issues in the Southeast, such as flash droughts, floods, and ecosystem health.
Alabama, Florida, and Georgia are collaborating on this project to enhance the soil moisture monitoring network in the Southeast and to improve the application of soil moisture data to decision making in the region. To achieve this goal, the project will address the following objectives. The states that will be primarily involved in each objective are listed in parentheses; all states will provide supporting data or expertise to complete the project’s objectives.
- Assess the viability of low-cost soil moisture sensors via test-bed calibration (AL, GA)
- Expand the regional soil moisture network by installing viable versions of low-cost sensors in the existing networks (AL, FL)
- Perform validation of remote sensing-derived root-zone soil moisture (AL, FL, GA)
- Improve the Cropping Model System and develop additional crop-support tools (AL, GA)
- Ensure accessibility and usability of soil moisture data and products (AL, GA)
NIDIS is providing programmatic support for this project. For more information, please contact Meredith Muth (email@example.com).