Location: Southwest Watershed Research
Project Number: 5342-13610-011-05
Start Date: Jun 01, 2010
End Date: Sep 30, 2014
Research will be based on the design and execution of a series of complete end-to-end observing system simulation experiments (OSSE’s) to isolate the added utility of SMAP soil moisture products for agricultural and rangeland forecasting activities. All OSSE experiments will contain three separate components : 1) an algorithm test-bed facility to generate synthetic SMAP soil moisture data products, 2) a data assimilation system to integrate these synthetic products into a multi-layered land surface model, and 3) a crop forecasting system to obtain end-of-season crop yield and rangeland productivity forecasts based the mid-growing season initialization of a crop model with profile soil moisture measurements obtained from a crop growth model. Other cooperators include investigators from NASA, the University of Arizona, USDA ARS ALARC Maricopa, and USDA ARS HRSL Beltsville.