Fields of application
Soil moisture plays a crucial role in exchange of water, energy and biogeochemical fluxes between the atmosphere and the land surface. For this reason it is used in hydrological modeling and risk index, with application in agriculture, insurance, land monitoring and it is key in the anticipation of hydrometeorological disasters, such as drought and floods, among others.
High resolution large-scale information helps in crop yield estimation and irrigation practices, as well as to select crops suitable for the future climate.
Soil moisture is a precursor of prolonged droughts and of correlated risks, such as fires. It is a good indicator of locust breeding optimal conditions, helping to anticipate invasion with months in advance. It also improves flood forecasting, by informing about soil saturation and its capability to absorb additional water from storms.
Insurance sector uses soil moisture to develop parametric products, which pay out if a certain predefined limit is reached. We provide long time series for analysis and monitoring services.
Soil moisture data improve hydrological modeling by providing accurate estimation of precipitation, run-off of the soil, river flows based on soil water saturation and risk of flood.
Forest and land management
Soil moisture is an important indicator of the hydrological health of ecosystems. By monitoring correlation between forest changes and soil moisture it is possible to understand how the management of the forest is impacting the soil and its water content.
Soil moisture is a critical data to understand and monitor wetland status and health. By offering consistent data, it helps in identifying changes, characterizing trends over time and support the management and protection of wetland resources.