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National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (NCSMMN)

Accurate measurements of soil moisture conditions can provide valuable inputs for agricultural monitoring and planning, weather prediction, and drought and flood early warning. Working with the USDA and other partners, the multi-agency National Integrated Drought Information System is leading an effort to establish a national soil moisture monitoring network. The NCSMMN is a multi-agency, multi-institutional initiative to integrate soil moisture data from around the country and support a wide range of applications across sectors of the economy. In 2021, agency partners (including USDA, DOI, NOAA, and NASA) contributed to the development of a strategy for coordinating soil moisture monitoring technologies, with the ultimate goal of providing detailed soil moisture status products throughout the United States.