The NASA FEWS NET (Family Early Warning Systems Network) Land Data Assimilation System (FLDAS) team combines models and satellite data (using the LIS system) to monitor soil moisture in Eastern Africa.
The soil moisture forecasts are made using a custom instance of the NASA Hydrological Forecast and Analysis System (NHyFAS), termed FLDAS-Forecast.
For more information about these systems, and how they are used to monitor and forecast food security, please see these links:
- Earth Observatory - Deep Concern About Food Security in Eastern Africa
- YouTube short video - Deep Concern About Food Security in Eastern Africa
- UCSB blog post - August Climate Model Forecasts Indicate Very High Probabilities of a Fifth-in-a-row Eastern East African Drought