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This paper describes the data available from COSMOS-UK, a new soil moisture monitoring network for the UK based on passive cosmic-ray moisture probes which are capable of measuring average soil water content over a circular footprint of around 350m in radius and depths of up to 0.5 m. Around 35 probes, with an associated array of meteorological and point soil moisture sensors, will be deployed across the UK in a network designed to best represent a range of soil and land cover types, complement existing scientific monitoring over a wide range of subject areas, and capture the variability in soil moisture over the country. Data will be automatically quality controlled and data streams will be openly and freely accessible via services and formats that conform to existing international standards, enabling integration with forecasting and data assimilation systems.


Session R06, Deployment of HydroMet Sensor Networks



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