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SoilMoisture Data Service boosts drought monitoring and drought decision-making tools

The increasing effects of global warming call for a rethink. Potential damages are not only becoming more acute; they are also leading to new risks in regions that were not previously impacted. Changing precipitation patterns must be identified and reduced as early as possible. In particular, a lack of precipitation results in crop failures, forest fires, low water levels and restrictions in drinking water supplies. KISTERS SoilMoisture data service is intended to proactively address these challenges.

  • Data Service on Soil Moisture

Localize the information to your needs

KISTERS SoilMoisture data service provides daily updates from raster data collected by remote sensing satellites. At 100 m x 100 m, the level of detail is unique. High-resolution information on soil moisture content is readily available at 0 - 10 cm depths. (Additional information to a root zone depth of 80 cm is also obtainable.) Since each type of soil stores water differently, the SoilMoisture information provided to you is much more insightful than a general determination that too little precipitation has fallen. Scale the global data set to your specific observation area.

And conveniently access your information with a web browser, as data are safely hosted in the KISTERScloud in an ISO-certified data center in Aachen. Receive continuously updated soil moisture data as well as practical metrics such as drought indices and plant-available water in the root zone.

Get the historical context

The SoilMoisture subscription not only offers monitoring of the current state. It also provides access to historical data from as early as 2002. Compare and evaluate current data with historical periods. The historical context will indicate if a seeming drought event is actually outside the range of tolerance to which nature and infrastructure have adapted.

Address climate change

Use SoilMoisture to further inform decisions about agriculture, forestry and water management. Reinforce the protection and optimization of crops. Adjust irrigation methods, precision and rates. Maximize water storage and aquifer recharge. The information significantly enhances drought monitoring, simplifies water balance and improves reliability of hydrological models. Soil moisture data products and drought indices support decisions and early intervention before extreme situations – the frequency and distribution of which will continue to increase as a result of climate change.

Integrate with KISTERS Water Solution to optimize operations and planning

Utilizing satellites to measure soil moisture worldwide delivers data of the highest resolution. With precision equal to in-situ spot measurements, remote sensing information is more cost-effective. APIs easily integrated the SoilMoisture data with KISTERS’ proven software for the analysis, visualization and forecast of water data – unlocking unlimited predictive and prescriptive analytics for operations and planning.

Patented Microwave Method

The SoilMoisture service is offered in cooperation with VanderSat, a specialist in earth observation via satellites. Based in Haarlem, the Netherlands, the company’s founder has developed a unique, sophisticated and patented algorithm for deriving soil moisture measurements from satellite observations. The microwave method eliminates the interference posed by clouds, vegetation and darkness, so that highly accurate measurement data can be obtained. [Learn more in the press release]

What’s Next

Explore the SoilMoisture service during a free webinar. [Dates]

Or request a demo for your organization. [Contact]

We’d be pleased to hear more about your drought response & resiliency plans.

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