The Texas hill country is no stranger to drought. A new network of sensors in this bone-dry region of the Lone Star State will produce detailed data on soil moisture while also verifying measurements from NASA's recently launched Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory. Together, SMAP and the Texas Soil Observation Network (TxSON) will give state water agencies critical information about how soil moisture — or the lack of it — will affect reservoirs, crops and rangeland.
NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth's interconnected natural systems and freely shares this unique knowledge with institutions around the world to gain new insights into how our planet is changing.
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