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Global Soil Moisture Data Bank

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Abstract: The Global Soil Moisture Data Bank contains our collection of actual
observations of soil moisture from around the world. These are
actually measured with gravimetric (most) or neutron probes
(Illinois), 2 or 3 times per month, for many years. These are NOT
model calculations or results of remote sensing. Two of their most
important uses are to serve as ground truth (literally) for land
surface parameterizations and for remote sensing. We are currently
using them for both these purposes. All the data may be downloaded
for free.

Currently we have data from the former Soviet Union, China, Mongolia,
Iowa, and Illinois. Soil moisture data is also available from
India. Please contact the investigators for access procedures.
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Description: International Soil Moisture Network
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: A. Robock, K. Vinnikov
Dataset Title: Global Soil Moisture Data Bank
Dataset Series Name: Global Soil Moisture Data Bank
Dataset Release Date: 1997
Dataset Release Place: NJ
Dataset Publisher: Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1927-01-01
Data Set Progress
Originating Center
Phone: 732-932-9800 x6222
Fax: 732-932-8644
Email: robock at
Contact Address:
Department of Environmental Sciences
Rutgers University
14 College Farm Road
City: New Brunswick
Province or State: New Jersey
Postal Code: 08901-8551
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23