This presentation explored five leading articles in the remotely sensed and in situ surface and soil moisture monitoring, estimations, variations, and retrievals for global environmental change. The presentation gives insight to the purpose of each study, subjects of investigations, methods used to collect and analyze data sets, results and implications, and conclusions. This project is in fulfillment of the course on remote sensing for global environmental change and precedes our preview on water resources monitoring. This project was conducted by Christina Geller, 5th year accelerated graduate student in Geographic Information Systems for Development, and Environment and Jenkins Macedo, 2nd year graduate students in Environmental Science and Policy at the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) at Clark University. All academic materials used in this study were appropriately referenced (see bibliography for details).