Space Technologies for Soil Moisture Monitoring
Thursday, 2 June 2016
09:00 - 13:00
Room: Yangtze I
Soil Moisture is an important factor for farming. Irrigation to recharge soil moisture in the absence of rainfall is a costly activity with many effects such as the availability of drinking water.
In a recent survey, 65% of farmers indicated that they expect the coming years that their crops will increasingly suffer from water stress in the coming years. A majority also indicated having insufficient means to manage soil moisture.
Another important challenge in water management is that actual soil moisture is often either an unknown variable or is scarcely measured. In climate change studies and models, soil moisture is a very dominant variable influencing the hydrological cycle and hence effecting global warming.
Soil moisture measurements and monitoring using space solutions is a growing interest in many domains: irrigation, food security, water management and weather prediction are examples where the increased interest in soil moisture is visible. In this session the state of play will be presented as well as how to fulfil (future) needs from these different domains.
Tamme van der Wal
||In situ soil moisture sensors
||Optimising Water Availability with Sentinel-1 Satellites
Rogier van de Velde
ITC / UT
||GNSS-R measurements for soil moisture monitoring
Géosciences Environnement Toulouse
||SMOS and other ESA's missions for soil moisture
||Water balance fed with VIS/NIR
Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II
||Soil moisture and plant water stress through radar
||Operational irrigation advice to farmers
||eWaterCycle: an operational global hydrological model using soil moisture observations from space
Nick van de Giesen
||Derivation of high resolution soil moisture from multiple satellite microwave sensors
Richard de Jeu
||Helping to Pastoralists in Mali finding water and grazing with Remote Sensing and Mobile Technology
Hoefsloot Spatial Solutions
|14:00 - 17:00
||Space for Food Security
Who should attend?
This event brings together scientists, developers, policy makers, users and beneficiaries of soil moisture sensors and systems. The purpose is to discuss advancements in soil moisture measurements (sensors, algorithms, mapping, usage), how systems can link together and the challenges that lay ahead.
The Soil Moisture Monitoring side-event is organised back-to-back with the 'Space for Food Security' side-event in the afternoon. Participants are invited to join this session to further discuss applications of soil moisture monitoring, crop water stress and irrigation water performance.
Please contact Tamme van der Wal - firstname.lastname@example.org