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New Satellite Data Will Help Farmers Facing Drought

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission, launching this winter, will provide global measurements of water in soil.

Groundwater Deficit Out West

Long-term drought and aggressive seasonal wildfires have consumed property, lives, and farmland in the American West and part of the problem lies in the groundwater deficit.

Satellite Study Reveals Parched U.S. West Using Up Underground Water

In a new study, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.

NASA's Aquarius Returns Global Maps of Soil Moisture

Relying on data from NASA's Aquarius instrument, new worldwide maps of soil moisture show how the wetness of the land varies with the seasons and weather patterns.

NASA Aircraft Concludes Six-Week Ground Validation and Hydrology Campaign

A NASA high-altitude ER-2 aircraft concluded its participation June 16 in a study aimed at gaining a better understanding of precipitation over mountainous terrain.
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The Hydrological Sciences Laboratory examines the role of water in the Earth system. Laboratory researchers strive to better understand, quantify, and analyze the hydrological cycle and to measure hydrological processes in order to improve prediction of the response of global hydrology to anthropogenic and/or natural climate change.

Special emphasis is placed on land surface hydrological processes and their interactions with the atmosphere. Laboratory scientists develop remote-sensing and modeling techniques to investigate how the various components of the hydrological cycle interact over a broad range of spatial and temporal scales.

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