September 20, 2016 - September 21, 2016


New York City, NY (Millennium Broadway Hotel)
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This workshop is a continuation of the first two soil moisture validation and application workshops held at the European Space Agency in Frascati, Italy, in 2013 and at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2014. The objective of this workshop series is to discuss and reconcile methodological advances in the validation and application of global satellite soil moisture data. The workshop is unique in that it brings together satellite soil moisture users and developers to focus on both the derivation and exploration of soil moisture data from both passive and active microwave satellite missions (SMAP, SMOS, ASCAT, AMSR-2, Sentinel-1, and other legacy missions).

The workshop will deal with the following (research) questions:

  • What is the quality of the current satellite products and what can we expect in the near future?
  • Who is using satellite soil moisture data and for what purpose?
  • What are the best practices in validating soil moisture products?
  • What are the main limitations of satellite soil moisture data from a user’s perspective?
  • What is the future of satellite-based soil moisture remote sensing?

The following themes will be addressed during the workshop: Current and future satellite missions, satellite soil moisture products: status and algorithm development, spatial and temporal satellite validation, data assimilation, hydrological applications, land-atmosphere processes, climate studies, and socio-economic impact studies.

The workshop is open to all. There are no fees for attendance but you must register. If you wish to make a presentation you must submit an abstract with your registration. Abstracts will be evaluated for inclusion as either oral or poster presentations.

Please note that this workshop will follow a SMAP Cal/Val Workshop September 19-20, 2016 that will be held in Manhattan and is open to all that are interested in SMAP. Information on that workshop can be found here.


Millennium Broadway Hotel New York
145 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(202) 768-4400

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Link to agenda (PDF)


April 15, 2016 --- Abstract submission closes
June 1, 2016 --- Author notification
July 1, 2016 --- Preliminary program posted
September 1, 2016 --- Registration closes
Workshop --- 21-22 September 2016


Tom Jackson, USDA, USA
Jared Entin, NASA, USA
Wolfgang Wagner, TU Wien, Austria
Richard de Jeu, Vandersat, Netherlands


NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
ESA: European Space Agency
EUMETSAT: European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites
WMO: World Meteorological Organization
GEWEX: Global Water and Energy Experiment
TOPC: Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate
CEOS: Committee on Earth Observing Satellites

Scientific Committee

Alexander Löw, LMU, Germany
Andreas Colliander, NASA JPL, USA
Chris Rüdiger, Monash University, Australia
Claudia Notarnicola, EURAC, Italy
Dara Entekhabi, MIT, USA
Dongryeol Ryu, Melbourne University, Australia
Miguel Roman, CEOS/NASA, USA
Jaap Schellekens, Deltares, Netherlands
Jiancheng Shi, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, China
John Qu, George Mason University, USA
Julia Figa, Eumetsat
Kyle McDonald, CUNY, USA
Marc Thibeault, SAOCOM, Argentina
Markus Enenkel, Columbia University, USA
Matthias Drusch, ESA
Peter van Oevelen, GEWEX, USA
Rolf Reichle, NASA, USA
Stephan Bojinski, WMO
Susanne Mecklenburg, ESA
Wade Crow, USDA, USA
William Lahoz, NILU, Norway
Yann Kerr, CESBIO, France