National Soil Moisture Network Workshop

24-26 May 2016
24 May 2016 to 26 May 2016
Boulder, CO


Please join us for the National Soil Moisture Network workshop in Boulder, CO. on May 24-26, 2016.  The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the continued development of a coordinated national network focused on soil moisture, the progress made to-date, approaches to continue and improve coordination of the network and integration of soil moisture data, and identifying both short, mid, and long-term goals.

The workshop is part of the National Drought Resilience Partnership, which is part of the President's Climate Action Plan.  The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) led by NOAA, DOI’s U.S. Geological Survey, and Texas A&M University, are organizing the workshop.



Agenda - 5/20/16


Registration is closed.

There is no registration fee, but we ask that you register so that we can plan for your attendance.

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The meeting will be held at:

NOAA'S Earth System Research Laboratory
Room GC402
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305
**All participants will need to stop at the visitor center to present their identification and receive a badge.** 


For general information about visiting NOAA, please click here.

If you will be driving, please note that vehicles are subject to search (alcohol, marijuana, and firearms are prohibited as at any federal facility).  From the visitor center, continue heading west through the gate, and the NOAA building is to the south and has a large sign. The parking lot is west of the building, and the entrance is in the center of the building.



Best Western Plus Boulder Inn
770 28th St.
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 303-449-3800
Rate: $144 + tax per night and includes a complimentary hot breakfast

**Please note that Boulder's lodging per diem is $125 per night. If you need a room at the GSA rate, please click here to see alternate hotel options.**

To make reservations at the Best Western, please call 1-800-233-8469 and mention group code "NSMN." Please make your reservation by Thursday, May 5th to guarantee the group rate.



The UCAR shuttle will operate on the following schedule. 

Tuesday, May 24th

Shuttle #1 will depart the Best Western at noon
Shuttle #2 will depart the Best Western at 12:30 pm

Wednesday, May 25th

Shuttle #1 will depart the Best Western at 7:15 am
Shuttle #2 will depart the Best Western at 7:40 am
Thursday, May 26th
Shuttle #1 will depart the Best Western at 7:15 am
Shuttle #2 will depart the Best Western at 7:40 am
A UCAR employee will meet each group in the lobby prior to the shuttle departure. The shuttle holds 15 people, so there will likely be the need for 2 runs each morning as outlined above. The shuttle will make return trips to the hotel at the end of each day.



Exit the hotel to the South. Cross the frontage road and get on the sidewalk at Baseline (near Housing Helpers). Turn right and head west to 27th way. Turn left (South) onto 27th way and follow it to Broadway. Cross Broadway and turn left. Follow Broadway South until you come to Rayleigh St. NOAA security will be on your right.



Green Ride

Green Ride offers one-way and roundtrip service between the airport and the Hyatt Place. Rates are $32 each way.

At the airport, their outbound Shuttles load on Level 5 (Main Level/ Baggage Claim Level), between Doors 507 and 509, Island 5, beneath the “Special Permit” signs. This is on the East (BLUE) side of the Terminal. Door 507 is next to baggage carousels #3. We encourage reservations for our outbound service. If you have a confirmed reservation, you may proceed directly to our loading area. We have a booth located inside the Terminal on Level 5 to provide walk-up ticketing or assist you in any capacity.



Uber cars tend to cost between $65 and $75 per trip.



Federal attendees: A working lunch will be provided on May 25th. Please note, UCAR cannot provide meals for Federal employees. This regulation comes from OMB and OMB circulars and Federal agency regulations. It is NOT a UCAR regulation but must be followed due to funding terms and conditions. Therefore, it is requested that Federal employees contribute $15 towards each lunch. The amount is calculated by using the specific meal portion of M&IE for Boulder, CO.

To make your payment:

  1. Proceed to
  2. Under "Payment Select," click on "Other Items" and then from the drop-down menu, choose "National Soil Moisture Workshop – 24-26 May 2016 – Meal Fees" and then click on the "Next" button.
  3. On the following screen, enter the amount and fill in your billing information. When you are ready, click on the "Start Process" button.
  4. You will receive an e-mail confirming your payment.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to "UCAR" and mail to: UCAR/JOSS, Attn: Melanie Russ, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307. (Or you can give it to Melanie onsite during the meeting.)



Boulder is full of things to do and great restaurants. For more information about Boulder, please visit the Boulder CVB website.



In May, Boulder has historically had average highs of 71 degrees and average lows of 44 degrees. Tempartures can always vary, so we encourage you to pack layers. More information on Boulder's weather can be found here.