The 2019 National Soil Moisture Workshop

Expanding the Frontiers of Soil Moisture Measurements and Applications

Date: 22–24 May of 2019
Location : Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Workshop audience

This workshop provides a unique opportunity for leaders in soil moisture research and development to come together in an interactive workshop format to exchange ideas and develop collaborations. This will be the ninth consecutive year for the workshop, which is an initiative of the community of researchers that has developed from the Marena, Oklahoma, In Situ Sensor Testbed (MOISST).

Workshop goals

  1. Provide a highly focused venue for presenting cutting-edge research and new concepts related to soil moisture monitoring.
  2. Highlight new applications of soil moisture data and identify application-oriented research needs.
  3. Stimulate progress towards realizing the vision of the National Soil Moisture Network.


  • Registration is closed
  • Cost: Free, but registration is required
  • Questions: Contact Andres Patrignani at

Organizing committee

  • Andres Patrignani - Kansas State University
  • Trent Ford - Southern Illinois University
  • Steven Quiring - The Ohio State University
  • Michael Cosh - USDA ARS Beltsville, MD
  • Tyson Ochsner - Oklahoma State University
  • Trenton Franz - University of Nebraska

Location, Lodging, and Parking

For an interactive campus map visit this link


  • Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK, 8 miles from campus)
  • Kansas City International Airport (KCI, 130 miles from campus)


  • Holiday Inn Manhattan At The Campus: 1641 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, KS. Located across the street from the Student Union with free parking.

  • The Bluemont Hotel: 1212 Bluemont Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502. Located across the street from campus and Aggieville.


Most hotels offer free parking. There is also a parking garage right next to the K-State Student Union. If you are staying at the Holiday Inn, the Student Union is right across the street.


Konza Hiking Trail

Tuesday, May 21 at 3 PM

The Konza Prairie Biological Station (KPBS) is located on a 3,487 hectare native tallgrass prairie preserve immersed in the middle of the Flint Hills, a region that encompasses over 1.6 million hectares extending throughout much of eastern Kansas from near the Kansas-Nebraska border south into northeastern Oklahoma containing the largest remaining area of unplowed tallgrass prairie in North America.

We will also visit one of the core stations of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), which is a major initiative fully funded by the National Science Foundation.

Bison are native herbivores of the tallgrass prairie.

Group Photo

Group picture

Kansas State University Student Union. 22-May-2019

Graduate Student Poster Competition

Sponsored by Stevens Water

First Place: Briana Wyatt (Oklahoma State University): Improving seasonal streamflow forecasts by incorporating soil moisture data.

Second Place: Pedro Rossini (Kansas State University): Delineation of field management zones using soil moisture data and temporal stability analysis.

Third Place: Navid Jadidoleslam (University of Iowa): Data-driven stochastic model for basin and sub-grid variability of SMAP satellite soil moisture.

Poster session with 16 graduate students. Kansas State University Student Union Courtyard. 22-Jun-2019.


Here are pdf versions of the presentations given at "The 2019 National Soil Moisture Workshop: Expanding the Frontiers of Soil Moisture Measurements and Applications", May 22-24, 2019, at Manhattan, Kansas.

Name Institution Presentation title
Andres Patrignani Kansas State University Welcome
Michael Cosh USDA-ARS Beltsville, MD A brief history of MOISST and the MOISST workshop
National Soil Moisture Network
Tyson Ochsner Oklahoma State University Soil moisture and natural capital
Ronald Leeper North Carolina State University Evaluating the linkages between soil moisture and drought
David Lindbo USDA-NRCS Washington, DC The future of soil survey in the US
Scott Jones Utah State University Electromagnetic water content Sensors: A quest for testing and performance standards
Abdul Salam Purdue University On the use of wireless underground communications for soil moisture measurements
Trenton Franz University of Nebraska-Lincoln Applications of hydrogeophysics in agricultural systems
Kevin Stamm US Army Corps of Engineers Upper Missouri river basin soil moisture and plains snow monitoring network
Nathan Edwards South Dakota Mesonet Soil moisture monitoring in the upper Missouri river basin
Christopher Redmond Kansas Mesonet State of the Kansas mesonet soil moisture monitoring
Lixin Wang Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis In situ soil moisture monitoring in Namibia
Jordan Clayton USDA-NRCS Salt Lake CIty, UT Assessing the “total water storage” at SNOTEL sites from co-located soil moisture and snow water equivalent data
Progress on NSMN documentation
Harry Schomberg USDA-ARS Beltsville, MD Soil water measurement network for on-farm research
John Gates Crop Metrics Putting soil moisture data to work for commercial agtech products
Chris Chambers Meter Group Integrating remote sensing and spatiotemporal data to improve variable rate irrigation systems
Keith Bellingham Stevens Water NIST Tractability and Measurement Validation of in situ Soil Moisture Sensors
Steven Evett USDA-ARS Bushland, TX Watershed moisture sensing in Jordan: Water in the cloud
Christine Hatch University of Massachussets Amherst Characterizing the anthropogenic aquifer between cranberries and wetland
John Bolten NASA Operational application of SMAP for global agricultural drought monitoring
Behzad Ghanbarian Kansas State University Effective-medium theory: Applications to upscaling soil moisture and remote sensing
Morteza Sadeghi University of Minnesota Global Mapping of Land Surface Net Water Flux using Satellite Near-Surface Soil Moisture Data
Robert Zamora NOAA Comparing hydrological models used in reservoir operations with soil moisture observations
Peter Shellito University of Maryland ESSIC; NASA GSFC Evaluating the sensitivity of modeled surface soil moisture and microwave brightness temperature to soil profile layering schemes
Rajat Bindlish NASA Remote sensing of soil moisture
Nandita Gaur University of Georgia A physically-based scaling algorithm to enable the use of radiometer derived soil moisture in applied decision making
Kenneth Tobin Texas A&M International University SoilMerge: a multi-decadal root zone soil moisture product for the North America
Cynthia West US Forest Service, Washington, DC Forest soil moisture monitoring: Current and future state
Timothy Wilson NOAA/ARL/ATDD/ORAU U.S. Climate Reference Network and gridded soil moisture products
Steven Quiring The Ohio State University Integrating in-situ, satellite, and modeled data for the national soil moisture map

* National Soil Moisture Network breakout session document

Recorded Presentations