Aquarius Maps: Soil Moisture

  • Soil moisture, August 2011

    August 2011

  • Soil moisture, September 2011

    September 2011

  • Soil moisture, October 2011

    October 2011

  • Soil moisture, November 2011

    November 2011

  • Soil moisture, December 2011

    December 2011

  • Soil moisture, January 2012

    January 2012

  • Soil moisture, February 2012

    February 2012

  • Soil moisture, March 2012

    March 2012

  • Soil moisture, April 2012

    April 2012

  • Soil moisture, May 2012

    May 2012

  • Soil moisture, June 2012

    June 2012

  • Soil moisture, July 2012

    July 2012

  • Soil moisture, August 2012

    August 2012

  • Soil moisture, September 2012

    September 2012

  • Soil moisture, October 2012

    October 2012

  • Soil moisture, November 2012

    November 2012

  • Soil moisture, December 2012

    December 2012

  • Soil moisture, January 2013

    January 2013

  • Soil moisture, February 2013

    February 2013

  • Soil moisture, March 2013

    March 2013

  • Soil moisture, April 2013

    April 2013

  • Soil moisture, May 2013

    May 2013

  • Soil moisture, June 2013

    June 2013

  • Soil moisture, July 2013

    July 2013

  • Soil moisture, August 2013

    August 2013

  • Soil moisture, September 2013

    September 2013

  • Soil moisture, October 2013

    October 2013

  • Soil moisture, November 2013

    November 2013

  • Soil moisture, December 2013

    December 2013

  • Soil moisture, January 2014

    January 2014

  • Soil moisture, February 2014

    February 2014

  • Soil moisture, March 2014

    March 2014

  • Soil moisture, April 2014

    April 2014

  • Soil moisture, May 2014

    May 2014

  • Soil moisture, June 2014

    June 2014

  • Soil moisture, July 2014

    July 2014

  • Soil moisture, August 2014

    August 2014

  • Soil moisture, September 2014

    September 2014

  • Soil moisture, October 2014

    October 2014

  • Soil moisture, November 2014

    November 2014

  • Soil moisture, December 2014

    December 2014

  • Soil moisture, January 2015

    January 2015

  • Soil moisture, February 2015

    February 2015

  • Soil moisture, March 2015

    March 2015

  • Soil moisture, April 2015

    April 2015

  • Soil moisture, May 2015

    May 2015

  • Soil moisture, June 2015

    June 2015

  • Credit
  • Credit
Slideshow: Monthly composite maps of soil moisture (hover over images to pause the slideshow).

Monthly soil moisture map images, produced from Aquarius science products V5 and generated by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Aquarius Data Processing System, are available here. These were derived from Aquarius' L-band horizontally polarized, brightness temperature observations, which provide higher sensitivity to soil moisture compared to vertically polarized observations, according to Principal Investigators Rajat Bindlish and Thomas Jackson, US Department of Agriculture. Click on the images (below) for a closer view. Original images are available here.

In these maps, reds show more arid conditions and blues show wetter soil conditions. Color coding reflects volumetric fraction of soil moisture, a measure of the amount of water per unit of soil. Those interested in obtaining or using single orbit, daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal or annual data should visit the National Snow and Ice Data Center's Aquarius Soil Moisture Data page.

Soil moisture, June 2015
June 2015
Soil moisture, May 2015
May 2015
Soil moisture, April 2015
April 2015
Soil moisture, March 2015
March 2015
Soil moisture, February 2015
February 2015
Soil moisture, January 2015
January 2015
Soil moisture, December 2014
December 2014
Soil moisture, November 2014
November 2014
Soil moisture, October 2014
October 2014
Soil moisture, September 2014
September 2014
Soil moisture, August 2014
August 2014
Soil moisture, July 2014
July 2014
Soil moisture, June 2014
June 2014
Soil moisture, May 2014
May 2014
Soil moisture, April 2014
April 2014
Soil moisture, March 2014
March 2014
Soil moisture, February 2014
February 2014
Soil moisture, January 2014
January 2014
Soil moisture, December 2013
December 2013
Soil moisture, November 2013
November 2013
Soil moisture, October 2013
October 2013
Soil moisture, September 2013
September 2013
Soil moisture, August 2013
August 2013
Soil moisture, July 2013
July 2013
Soil moisture, June 2013
June 2013
Soil moisture, May 2013
May 2013
Soil moisture, April 2013
April 2013
Soil moisture, March 2013
March 2013
Soil moisture, February 2013
February 2013
Soil moisture, January 2013
January 2013
Soil moisture, December 2012
December 2012
Soil moisture, November 2012
November 2012
Soil moisture, October 2012
October 2012
Soil moisture, September 2012
September 2012
Soil moisture, August 2012
August 2012
Soil moisture, July 2012
July 2012
Soil moisture, June 2012
June 2012
Soil moisture, May 2012
May 2012
Soil moisture, April 2012
April 2012
Soil moisture, March 2012
March 2012
Soil moisture, February 2012
February 2012
Soil moisture, January 2012
January 2012
Soil moisture, December 2011
December 2011
Soil moisture, November 2011
November 2011
Soil moisture, October 2011
October 2011
Soil moisture, September 2011
September 2011
Soil moisture, August 2011
August 2011
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Publications
Bindlish, R. and T. Jackson. 2013. Aquarius Level-3 Gridded 1-Degree Monthly Soil Moisture, Version 2, Boulder, Colorado USA: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.