The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has put out some pretty interesting Google Earth data in the past year. Among other things, they brought us the Wilkins Ice Shelf and the “Climate Change Tour of Cold Places“.
Now they’ve released a variety of animations regarding global soil moisture levels. Using data from the AMSR-E (Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer) satellite, they’ve released KML files showing the the past 30, 60 and 90 days of soil moisture levels for the entire planet.
Not only is this display of data pretty neat to look at, it can be very useful for people in a variety of fields. According to the NSIDC site, “soil moisture and other land surface variables are key variables in understanding land surface hydrology and in modeling ecosystems, weather, and climate.”
You can read more on the NSIDC Virtual Globes site, or download the KML files here: 30 days, 60 days, 90 days.