KISTERS Water Solutions combined with high-precision satellite-based soil moisture data from VanderSat
February 25, 2019
omprehensive information service for soil moisture and drought available to the global water sector through unique cooperation.
The first global cloud service for soil moisture and drought data is established as KISTERS, the German provider of IT solutions for water management and hydrology, and VanderSat, the Dutch specialist for earth observation especially water via satellites, have combined their expertise since December 2018. The new service facilitates better protection and optimization of harvests as well as the channeling of water for more efficient irrigation practices or groundwater recharge. Users not only receive general satellite-based soil moisture data, but also practical calculations about their own catchment area including drought indices, plant-available water at root level, and predictions of soil moisture. This information serves as a reliable basis for early, effective decisions and measures against extreme situations such as drought, of which frequency and spread is expected to continue to increase as a result of climate change.
VanderSat’s new satellite-based microwave sensing method is the only area-wide technology for measuring soil moisture affordably and with high precision comparable to air- or ground-based sensors. KISTERS integrates VanderSat’s global soil moisture data into its proven software for analysis, visualization and prediction of water data as well as customizable alarms and transformation into actionable information using sophisticated analytical functions.