Science: News Focus "Monsoon Melee", issued on 21 June 2013, reported the debate on the formation of South Asia Monsoon. The News addressed the importance of ground truth: "the plateau is notorious for the lack of observations, making global climate models largely inadequate for simulating climate patterns in the region". It also drew attention to Tibetan soil moisture networks established by our group and other colleagues: "In the past few years, Yang and his colleagues have been gauging soil moisture at over 100 sites throughout Tibet. The measurements will be used to calibrate satellite data, allowing scientists to calculate energy flux across the entire plateau".
Science: News Focus: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6139/1400.summary
Report in Chinese: http://news.sciencenet.cn/htmlnews/2013/6/279240.shtm?id=279240