ISMN – International Soil Moisture Network

The International Soil Moisture Network is an unique international cooperation to establish and maintain a  harmonized, quality controlled global in-situ soil moisture database with long time series, global distributed stations, making data open and freely available worldwide. 


Project goals

This database is an essential means for validating and improving global satellite soil moisture products, land surface -, climate- , and hydrological models and is therefore building a stable base to assist EO services.


  • ESA QA4EO (Quality Assurance for Earth Observation)

Main roles of CLIMERS

  • Continuous operation of the ISMN
  • Maintaining the database, website and data viewer
  • Addition of new networks and data updates
  • User and provider support 
  • Scientific development of the quality control module

CLIMERS members involved

Related publications and articles

A full list of publications can be found on the ISMN website.

  • Dorigo, W., Himmelbauer, I., Aberer, D., Schremmer, L., Petrakovic, I., Zappa, L., Preimesberger, W., Xaver, A., Annor, F., Ardö, J., Baldocchi, D., Blöschl, G., Bogena, H., Brocca, L., Calvet, J.-C., Camarero, J. J., Capello, G., Choi, M., Cosh, M. C., Demarty, J., van de Giesen, N., Hajdu, I., Jensen, K. H., Kanniah, K. D., de Kat, I., Kirchengast, G., Rai, P. K., Kyrouac, J., Larson, K., Liu, S., Loew, A., Moghaddam, M., Martínez Fernández, J., Mattar Bader, C., Morbidelli, R., Musial, J. P., Osenga, E., Palecki, M. A., Pfeil, I., Powers, J., Ikonen, J., Robock, A., Rüdiger, C., Rummel, U., Strobel, M., Su, Z., Sullivan, R., Tagesson, T., Vreugdenhil, M., Walker, J., Wigneron, J. P., Woods, M., Yang, K., Zhang, X., Zreda, M., Dietrich, S., Gruber, A., van Oevelen, P., Wagner, W., Scipal, K., Drusch, M., and Sabia, R.
    The International Soil Moisture Network: serving Earth system science for over a decade.
    Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss. [preprint],, in review, 2021.

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