Location: Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Project Number: 8042-13610-028-62
Start Date: Jul 30, 2013
End Date: Jul 31, 2015
The current standard soil moisture algorithm will be adapted to operate using the new Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer data. Before conducting an in depth examination of the soil moisture product we will evaluate the quality of the sensor data relevant to the soil moisture by comparing brightness temperature statistics and time series of the two instruments over well-characterized and/or modeled sites. Following this, the soil moisture products from the new instrument will be compared to its predecessor. Well characterized in situ sites available to us as part of other investigations will be used to validate the performance of both sensor soil moisture records. Alternative algorithms that exploit new sensor features will be explored. The resulting algorithm and products will be monitored and maintained over the project life of five years. This project deals with soil moisture which is one element in a team proposal covering all products supported by the satellite. These products will be used directly in agricultural hydrology and will support weather and climate forecast modeling.