The North American Soil Moisture Database: Development and Applications
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The NASMD is a high-quality observational soil moisture database that includes over 1,800 stations to support drought, land-atmosphere, and satellite/model validation studies. Soil moisture observations are also important for the validation of satellite soil moisture retrievals from missions such as the Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite. NASMD is focused on North America. A second difference is station density. The goal of the NASMD was to develop the densest possible network of in situ soil moisture in North America.
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Quiring, S. M., Ford, T. W., Wang, J. K., Khong, A., Harris, E., Lindgren, T., Goldberg, D. W., & Li, Z.