COSMOS-UK: national soil moisture and hydrometeorology data for environmental science research

H. M. Cooper, E. Bennett, J. Blake, E. Blyth, D. Boorman, E. Cooper, J. Evans, M. Fry, A. Jenkins, R. Morrison, D. Rylett, S. Stanley (+20 others)
2021 Earth System Science Data  
The COSMOS-UK observation network has been providing field-scale soil moisture and hydrometeorological measurements across the UK since 2013. At the time of publication a total of 51 COSMOS-UK sites have been established, each delivering high-temporal resolution data in near-real time. Each site utilizes a cosmic-ray neutron sensor, which counts epithermal neutrons at the land surface. These measurements are used to derive field-scale near-surface soil water content, which can provide unique
more » ... ight for science, industry, and agriculture by filling a scale gap between localized point soil moisture and large-scale satellite soil moisture datasets. Additional soil physics and meteorological measurements are made by the COSMOS-UK network including precipitation, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, soil heat flux, wind speed and direction, and components of incoming and outgoing radiation. These near-real-time observational data can be used to improve the performance of hydrological models, validate remote sensing products, improve hydro-meteorological forecasting, and underpin applications across a range of other scientific fields. The most recent version of the COSMOS-UK dataset is publically available at https://doi.org/10.5285/b5c190e4-e35d-40ea-8fbe-598da03a1185 (Stanley et al., 2021).
doi:10.5194/essd-13-1737-2021 doaj:b4cecca13eaa40488514adffaac00e0a fatcat:akjyeenxr5fwrkc6cyqrhxmm2e