Earth  ID: 4165

Aquarius Soil Moisture

This visualization shows soil moisture measurements taken by NASA’s Aquarius instrument from September 2011 to September 2013. Soil moisture, the water contained within soil particles, is an important player in Earth's water cycle. It is essential for plant life and influences weather and climate. Satellite readings of soil moisture will help scientists better understand the climate system and have potential for a wide range of applications, from advancing climate models, weather forecasts, drought monitoring and flood prediction to informing water management decisions and aiding in predictions of agricultural productivity. Here, soil moisture in the top 2 inches of the land is visible.
 

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Visualization Credits

Trent L. Schindler (USRA): Lead Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Kayvon Sharghi (USRA): Producer
Rajat Bindlish (USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory): Scientist
Tom Jackson (USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET): Project Support
Ian Jones (ADNET): Project Support
Maria-Jose Vinas Garcia (Telophase): Writer
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Data Used:
Aquarius/Microwave Radiometer/Soil Moisture
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Keywords:
DLESE >> Agricultural science
DLESE >> Soil science
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Agriculture >> Soils
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0