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Innovators TIGER - SHARE

TIGER Innovators - SHARE

The objective of SHARE is to enable an operational soil moisture monitoring service for the region of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

 
Project References
 Name Innovators TIGER - SHARE
 Title TIGER Innovators - SHARE
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Innovators
 Cost €200k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status In progress (2005-2011)
 Sensors ENVISAT : ASAR
ERS-1/2 : Wind Scatterometer
 
Project Description
 Objectives

The objective of SHARE was to enable an operational soil moisture monitoring service for the region of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). With this service SHARE has addressed today's most severe obstacle in water resource management which is the lack of availability of reliable soil moisture information on a dynamic basis at a frequency of a week and less. The soil moisture information system is based on synergies of the ENVISAT ScanSAR Global Mode and the ERS-2 scatterometer products. The combination of both systems allows the resolution of temporal and spatial patterns in regional soil moisture dynamics.

Specifically SHARE:

  1. Builds up the capacity and competence in African institutions to use and disseminate medium and coarse resolution soil moisture products derived from radar sensors;
  2. Provides an experimental soil moisture indicator based on ENVISAT ASAR Global Mode data for the SADC region;
  3. Derives a downscaling layer based on ENVISAT ASAR Global Mode data which will allow the interpretation of coarse resolution soil moisture information as provided by the ERS-2 scatterometer at 1 km resolution.

The long-term vision of SHARE is to supply soil moisture information for the entire African continent, at a resolution of 1 km, run by African partners, posted on the web, freely accessible to all.

 
 Results Issue I, March 2008
Issue II, May 2008
Issue III, July 2008
Issue IV, September 2008
Issue V, November 2008
Issue VI, January 2009
 
 
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor TU Wien : Vienna University of Technology
 Subcontractors
 
User Partnership
 Users UKZN : University of KwaZulu-Natal
 
Contact Points
 Project Manager Dr. Annett Bartsch
Vienna University of Technology
Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Gusshausstrasse 27-29
1040 Wien
Austria
Email: ab@ipf.tuwien.ac.at
 Technical Officer Diego Fernandez
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
via Galileo Galilei
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
Tel: +39 06-941-80676
Fax: +39 06-941-80552
Email: Diego.Fernandez@esa.int
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