Data to Improve Weather Forecasts
Measurement flights over the Eifel and the Jülich area
Jülich, 13 July 2012 – Jülich environmental researchers will determine soil moisture in the Rur catchment area from an aircraft on 16 and 17 July 2012. The measurements above the Jülich area and the Eifel will record the water content at the soil surface. It influences the exchange of energy and water between the soil and the atmosphere, and is a parameter that will help to improve weather forecasts and flood predictions. The campaign is part of the Helmholtz Association's pan-German long-term TERENO project (TERrestrial ENvironmental Observatories), which investigates the long-term ramifications of climate change on a regional level.