Space Technologies for Soil Moisture Monitoring

  Thursday, 2 June 2016        09:00 - 13:00        Room: Yangtze I

Aerovision NL

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.

09:00 Introduction
Tamme van der Wal
09:10 In situ soil moisture sensors
Jan Hadders
09:25 Optimising Water Availability with Sentinel-1 Satellites
Rogier van de Velde
09:40 GNSS-R measurements for soil moisture monitoring
Nicolas Roussel
Géosciences Environnement Toulouse
09:55 SMOS and other ESA's missions for soil moisture
Matthias Drusch
10:10 Water balance fed with VIS/NIR
Guido d'Urso
Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II
10:25 Discussion
10:45 Coffee Break
11:15 Soil moisture and plant water stress through radar
Susan Steele-Dunne
TU Delft
11:30 Operational irrigation advice to farmers
Geert Hermans
11:45 eWaterCycle: an operational global hydrological model using soil moisture observations from space
Nick van de Giesen
TU Delft
12:00 Derivation of high resolution soil moisture from multiple satellite microwave sensors
Richard de Jeu
12:15 Helping to Pastoralists in Mali finding water and grazing with Remote Sensing and Mobile Technology
Peter Hoefsloot
Hoefsloot Spatial Solutions
12:30 Discussion
13:00 Lunch Break
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.

More information
Please contact Tamme van der Wal -

Programme Overview