The key users of the proposed soil moisture service will be the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO), South African Weather Service and the South African Agricultural Research Council. CSIRO also commits itself to perform the work required for one of the project packages. It is, however, an integral element of the SHARE project to involve also other organisations from Australia and the SADC region with an explicit requirement for soil moisture information To guarantee that user needs are duly considered in the design of the soil moisture services the University of Kwazulu-Natal takes the role of a bridgehead to the hydro-meteorologic user community in the SADC region.

 

Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO)

CSIROThe Land and Water department at the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO) is the primary organization that develops methods, models and technology for future operational water services in Australia.  The operational services  will be run by the Bureau of Meteorology. CSIRO is a user and scientific developer of the ASAR GM soil moisture data. In particular, CSIRO committed itself to perform work on the package "Integration into Hydrological Monitoring System".

South African Weather Service

South African Weather ServiceThe South African Weather Service (SAWS), as the lead agency providing very short term forecasting services on Flash Flooding in South Africa, is in dire need of products and services indicating the antecedent conditions before the outbreak of such events. The soil moisture products from the SHARE project would be invaluable in determining possible flooding "hot-spots" enabling SAWS to provide a better service to the people of the country.

 

South African Agricultural Research Council

South African Agricultural Research CouncilThe Institute for Soil, Climate and Water of the South African Agricultural Research Council carries out research relating to the sustainable se of natural resources, food security and agro-meteorology. Soil moisture is an important parameter in natural resource, food security and crop modelling. Data are not readily available at present and soil moisture maps would greatly improve the modelling efforts of ARC-ISCW.