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The International Soil Moisture Network: serving Earth system science for over a decade

Irene Himmelbauer
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Daniel Aberer
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Lukas Schremmer
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Ivana Petrakovic
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Luca Zappa
Wolfgang Preimesberger
Angelika Xaver
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Frank Annor
Jonas Ardö
Dennis Baldocchi
Marco Bitelli
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Günter Blöschl
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Heye Bogena
Luca Brocca
J Julio Camarero
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Giorgio Capello
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Minha Choi
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Michael C Cosh
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Nick van de Giesen
Istvan Hajdu
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Jaakko Ikonen
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Karsten H Jensen
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Kasturi Devi Kanniah
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Ileen de Kat
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Gottfried Kirchengast
Pankaj Kumar Rai
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Jenni Kyrouac
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Kristine Larson
Suxia Liu
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Alexander Loew
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Mahta Moghaddam
José Martínez Fernández
Cristian Mattar Bader
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Renato Morbidelli
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Jan P Musial
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Elise Osenga
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Michael A Palecki
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Thierry Pellarin
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George P Petropoulos
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Isabella Pfeil
Jarrett Powers
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Alan Robock
Christoph Rüdiger
Udo Rummel
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Michael Strobel
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Zhongbo Su
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Ryan Sullivan
Torbern Tagesson
Andrej Varlagin
Mariette Vreugdenhil
Jeffrey Walker
Jun Wen
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Fred Wenger
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Jean Pierre Wigneron
Mel Woods
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Kun Yang
Yijian Zeng
Xiang Zhang
Marek Zreda
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Stephan Dietrich
Alexander Gruber
Peter van Oevelen
Wolfgang Wagner
Klaus Scipal
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Matthias Drusch
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Roberto Sabia
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Abstract

In 2009, the International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN) was initiated as a community effort, funded by the European Space Agency, to serve as a centralised data hosting facility for globally available in situ soil moisture measurements (Dorigo et al., 2011b, a). The ISMN brings together in situ soil moisture measurements collected and freely shared by a multitude of organisations, harmonises them in terms of units and sampling rates, applies advanced quality control, and stores them in a database. Users can freely retrieve the data from this database through an online web portal (https://ismn.earth/en/, last access: 28 October 2021). Meanwhile, the ISMN has evolved into the primary in situ soil moisture reference database worldwide, as evidenced by more than 3000 active users and over 1000 scientific publications referencing the data sets provided by the network. As of July 2021, the ISMN now contains the data of 71 networks and 2842 stations located all over the globe, with a time period spanning from 1952 to the present. The number of networks and stations covered by the ISMN is still growing, and approximately 70 % of the data sets contained in the database continue to be updated on a regular or irregular basis. The main scope of this paper is to inform readers about the evolution of the ISMN over the past decade, including a description of network and data set updates and quality control procedures. A comprehensive review of the existing literature making use of ISMN data is also provided in order to identify current limitations in functionality and data usage and to shape priorities for the next decade of operations of this unique community-based data repository.
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meteo-03478163 , version 1 (13-12-2021)

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Wouter Dorigo, Irene Himmelbauer, Daniel Aberer, Lukas Schremmer, Ivana Petrakovic, et al.. The International Soil Moisture Network: serving Earth system science for over a decade. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 2021, 25 (11), pp.5749 - 5804. ⟨10.5194/hess-25-5749-2021⟩. ⟨meteo-03478163⟩
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