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Michael H Cosh

Research Hydrologist
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Michael H. Cosh, Ph.D.
Research Hydrologist
USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Bldg. 007, Rm. 104, BARC-West
10300 Baltimore Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 USA
Voice: (301) 504-6461
Fax: (301) 504-8931


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Mohanty, B. P., Cosh, M. H., Lakshmi, V., Montzka, C., Soil Moisture Remote Sensing: State of the Science, Vadose Zone Journal, 16(1), doi:10.2136/vzj2016.10.0105, 2017.

Colliander, A., Jackson, T. J., Chan, S. K., O'Neill, P., Bindlish, R., Cosh, M. H., Caldwell, T., Walker, J. P., Berg, A. A., McNairn, H., Thibeault, M., Martínez-Fernández, J., Jensen, K. H., Asanuma, J., Seyfried, M. S., Bosch, D., D., Starks, P. J., Holifield Collins, C., Yueh, S. H., An assessment of the differences between spatial resolution and grid size for the SMAP enhanced soil moisture product over homogeneous sites, Remote Sensing of Environment, 207:65-70. 2018.

Chan, S. K., Bindlish, R., O’Neill, P., Jackson, T. J., Njoku, E., Dunbar, S., Chaubell, J., Piepmeier, J., Yueh, S., Entekhabi, E., Colliander, A., Chen, F., Cosh, M. H., Caldwell, T., Walker, J., Berg, A., McNairn, H., Thibeault, M., Martinez-Fernandez, J., Uldall, F., Seyfried, M., Bosch, D., Starks, P., Holifield Collins, C., Prueger, J., van der Velde, R., Asanuma, J., Palecki, M., Small, E. E., Zreda, M., Calvet, J., Crow, W. T., Kerr, Y., 2017, Development and assessment of the SMAP enhanced passive soil moisture product, Remote Sensing of Environment. 204:931-941.

Das, N., Entekhabi, D., Dunbar, R.S., Colliander, A., Chen, F., Crow, W.T., Jackson, T.J., Berg, A., Bosch, D.D., Caldwell, T., Cosh, M.H., Holifield Collins, C., Lopez-Baeza, E., Moghaddam, M., Rowlandson, Tracy, Starks, P., Thibeault, M., Walker, J., Wu, X., O’Neill, P. E., Yueh, S., Njoku, E. The SMAP mission combined active-passive soil moisture product at 9 km and 3km spatial resolutions. Remote Sensing of Environment. 211:204-217. 2018.

Dong, J., Steele-Dunne, S. C., Ochsner, T. E., Hatch, C. E., Sayde, C., Selker, J., Tyler, S., Cosh, M. H., van de Giesen, N., Mapping high-resolution soil moisture and properties using distributed temperature sensing data and an adaptive particle batch smoother, Water Resources Research, doi:10.1002/2016WR019031. 2016.

Coopersmith, E.J., Cosh, M. H., Bell, J. E., Boyles, R., Lifting in situ soil moisture measurements with machine learning: A multi-depth analysis of USCRN profiles and an application for AMSR-E satellite validation with ECONet Sensors, doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2016.10.007. 2016.

Shellito, P. J., Small, E. E., Colliander, A., Bindlish, R., Cosh, M. H., Berg, A. A., Bosch, D. B., Caldwell, T. G., Goodrich, D. C., McNairn, H., Prueger, J. H., Starks, P. J., van der Velde, R., Walker, J. P. SMAP soil moisture drying more rapid than observed in situ following rainfall events. 43(15):8068–8075. doi:10.1002/2016GL069946. 2016.

Coopersmith, E., Cosh, M. H., Bell, J. E., Kelly, V., Hall, M., Palecki, M. A., Temimi, M. Deploying temporary networks for upscaling of sparse network stations, International Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation. 52: 433-444. 2016.

Coopersmith, E., Cosh, M.H., Jacobs, J. Comparison Of In Situ Soil Moisture Measurements: An Examination of the Neutron and Dielectric Measurements within the Illinois Climate Network Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-16-0029.1. 2016.

Colliander, A., Njoku, E. G., Jackson, T. J., Chazanoff, S., McNairn, H., Powers, J., Cosh, M. H. Retrieving soil moisture for non-forested areas using PALS radiometer measurements in SMAPVEX12 field campaign, Remote Sensing of Environment, 184:86-100. 2016.

Shellito, P., Small, E., Cosh, M.H. Calibration of Noah soil hydraulic property parameters using surface soil moisture from SMOS and basin-wide in situ observations. Journal of Hydrometeorology. doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-15-0153.1. 2016.

Chen, F., Crow, W.T., Colliander, A., Cosh, M.H., Jackson, T.J., Bindlish, R., Reichle, R., Chan, S., Starks, P., Goodrich, D.C., Seyfried, M.S. Application of triple collocation in ground-based validation of soil moisture active/passive (SMAP) level 2 data products Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2569998. 2016.

Kumar, S., Zaitchik, B.F., Peters-Lidard, C., Rodell, M., Reichle, R., Li, B., Jasinski, M., Mocko, David, Getirana, A., De Lannoy, G., Cosh, M.H., Hain, C., Anderson, M.C., Arsenault, K. R., Xia, Y., and Ek, M. Assimilation of gridded GRACE terrestrial water storage estimates in the North American Land Data Assimilation System. Journal of Hydrometeorology. 17(7):1951-1972. doi:10.1175/jhm-d-15-0157.1. 2016.

Chan, S., Bindlish, R., O’Neill, Peggy .E., Njoku, Eni., Jackson, T.J., Colliander, Andreas, Chen, F., Burgin, M., Dunbar, R.S., Piepmeier, J, Yueh, S., Entekhabi, Dara, Cosh, M.H., Seyfried, M.S., Bosch, D.D., Starks, P., Goodrich, D.C., Prueger, J.H., Crow, W.T., Caldwell, T., Walker, J., Wu, X., Berg, A., Rowlandson, T., Pacheco, A., McNairn, H., Thibeault, M., Martinez-Fernandez, J., Gonzalez-Zamora, A., Seyfried, M., Bosch, D., Starks, P., Goodrich, D., Prueger, J., Palecki, M., Small, E. E., Zreda, M., Calvet, J.-C., Crow, Kerr, Y. Assessment of the SMAP Level 2 passive Soil Moisture Product IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. 54(8):4994-5007. 2016.

Molero, B., Merlin, O., Malbeteau, Y., Al Bitar, A., Cabot, F., Stefan, V., Kerr, Y., Bacon, S., Cosh, M. H., Bindlish, R., Jackson, T. J. SMOS disaggregated soil moisture product at 1 km resolution: processor overview and first validation results, Remote Sensing of Environment. 180. 361-376. 2016.

Cosh, M.H., Ochsner, T., McKee, L.G., Dong, G., Basara, J., Evett, S.R., Hatch, C., Small, E., Steele-Dunne, S., Zreda, M., Sayde, C. The Soil Moisture Active Passive Marena Oklahoma In Situ Sensor Testbed (SMAP-MOISST): Design and Initial Results. Vadose Zone Journal. 15(4). DOI:10.2136/vzj2015.09.0122. 2016.

Coopersmith, E., Cosh, M. H., Bell, J., Crow, W.T. Multi-profile analysis of soil moisture within the U.S. Climate Reference Network. Vadose Zone Journal.15(1). doi:10.2136/vzj2015.01.0016. 2016.

Coopersmith, E., Cosh, M.H., Bindlish, R., Bell, J. Comparing AMSR-E soil moisture estimates to the extended record of the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) Advances in Water Resources. 85:79-85. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.09.003. 2016.

Kornelsen, K.C., Cosh, M.H., Coulibaly, P. Potential of bias correction for downscaling passive microwave and soil moisture data. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres. 120(13):6460-6479. doi:/10.1002/2015JD023550. 2015.

Colaizzi, P. D., Evett, S. R., Agam, N., Schwartz, R. C., Kustas, W. P., Cosh, M. H., McKee, L.G. Soil heat flux calculation for sunlit and shaded surfaces under row crops: 2. Model test. Agric. Forest Meteorol., 216: 129-140. doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.10.009. 2015.

Zhao, T., Shi, J., Bindlish, R., Jackson, T.J., Cosh, M.H., Lingmei, J., Zhongjun, Z., Huimin, L. Parametric Exponentially Correlated Surface Emission Model for L-band Passive Microwave Soil Moisture Retrieval Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. 83–84: 65-74. 2015.

Paloscia, S., Santi., E., Pettinato, S., Mladenova, I., Jackson, T. J., Bindlish, R., Cosh, M. H., A comparison between two algorithms for the retrieval of soil moisture using AMSR-E data. Frontiers of Earth Science. 3(16):1-10. doi: 10.3389/feart.2015.00016. 2015.

Coopersmith, E.J., Bell, J., Cosh, M.H. Improving the soil moisture data record of the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) and Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN). Advances in Water Resources. 79:80-90. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.02.006. 2015.

Djamaï, N., Magagi, R., Goita, K., Hosseini, M., Cosh, M.H., Berg, A., Toth, B.  Evaluation of SMOS soil moisture products over the CanEx-SM10 area Journal of Hydrology.520:254-267. 2015.

Coopersmith, E. J., Cosh, M. H., Petersen, W. A., Prueger, J. H., and Niemeier, J. J. Soil Moisture Model Calibration and Validation: An ARS Watershed on the South Fork Iowa River. J. Hydrometeor, 16, 1087–1101. DOI: 2015.

Rondinelli, W. J., Hornbuckle, B. K., Patton, J. C., Cosh, M. H., Walker, V. A., Carr, B. D., Logsdon, S. D. Different Rates of Soil Drying after Rainfall Are Observed by the SMOS Satellite and the South Fork in situ Soil Moisture Network. J. Hydrometeor, 16, 889–903. doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-14-0137.1. 2015.

Zhao, T., Shi, J., Bindlish, R., Jackson, T.J., Cosh, M.H., Lingmei, J., Zhongjun, Z., Huimin, L. Parametric exponentially correlated surface emission model for L-band passive microwave soil moisture retrieval. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. 83-84:65-74. 2015.

Bindlish, R., Jackson, T.J., Cosh, M.H., Zhao, T., O’Neill, P. E. Global soil moisture from the Aquarius satellite description and initial assessment. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. 12(5): 923-927. doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2014.2364151. 2015.

McNairn, H., Jackson, T.J., Wiseman, Grant, Belair, S., Bullock, Paul, Colliander, Andreas, Cosh, M.H., Magagi, R., Moghaddam, M., Adams, J., Berg, A., Homayouni, S., Ojo, E. Rotimi, Rowlandson, Tracy, Shang, J., Goita, K., Hosseini, M. 2014. The Soil Moisture Active Passive Validation Experiment 2012 (SMAPVEX12): pre-launch calibration and validation of the SMAP satellite IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 53(5):2784–2801. doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2014.2364913. 2015.

Kumar, S. V., Peters-Lidard, C., Mocko, D., Reichle, R., Liu, Y., Arsenault, K. R., Xia, Youlong, Ek, M.B., Riggs, G., Livneh, B., Cosh, M.H. Assimilation of passive microwave-based soil moisture and snow depth retrievals for drought estimation Journal of Hydrometeorology. 15(6):2446-2469. 2014.

Srivastava, P., O'Neill, P., Cosh, M. H., Kurum, M., Lang, R., Joseph, A. Evaluation of Dielectric Mixing Models for Passive Microwave Soil Moisture Retrieval Using Data From ComRAD Ground-Based SMAP Simulator. Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, IEEE. 99: 1-10, doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2014.2372031. 2014.

Coopersmith, E. J., Cosh, M.H., Daughtry, C.S. Field-Scale Moisture Estimates Using COSMOS Sensors:A Validation Study with Temporary Networks and Leaf-Area-Indices, Journal of Hydrology, 519(A), 637-643. 2014.

Temimi, M., Lakhankar, T., Zhan, X., Cosh, M.H., Krakauer, N., Fares, A., Kelly, V., Khanbilvardi, R., and Kumassi, L. Soil moisture retrieval using ground-based L-band passive microwave observations in northeastern USA, Vadose Zone Journal, 13, 3, doi:10.2136/vzj2013.06.0101. 2014.

Dong, J., Ochsner, T., Zreda, M., Cosh, M.H., Zou, C. B. Calibration and validation of the COSMOS Rover for surface soil moisture. Vadose Zone Journal, 13:4. 2014.

Kumar, S. V., Peters-Lidard, C., Mocko, David, Reichle, R., Liu, Y., Arsenault, K. R., Xia, Y., Ek, M.B., Riggs, G., Livneh, B., Cosh, M.H. Assimilation of passive microwave-based soil moisture and snow depth retrievals for drought estimation. Journal of Hydrometeorology. 15(6):2446-2469, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-13-0132.1. 2013.

Ochsner, T., Cosh, M.H., Cuenca, R., Dorigo, W.A., Draper, C., Hagimoto, Yutaka, Kerr, Y., Larson, Kristine, Njoku, E., Small, Eric, Zreda, M. State of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 77:1888-1919. 2013.

Cosh, M. H., Starks, P., Guzman, J., Moriasi, D. Long-term agro-hydrological research in upper Washita River experimental watersheds: Inter-annual persistence of soil water content profiles. Journal of Environmental Quality. 43:1328-1333. doi:10.2134/jeq2013.08.0318. 2013.

Magagi, R., Berg, A., Goita, K., Belair, S., Jackson, T. J., Toth, B., Walker, A., McNairn, H., O’Neill, P. E., Moghaddam, M., Gherboudj, I., Colliander, A., Cosh, M. H., Belanger, J., Burgin, M., Fisher, J., Kim, S., Rousseau, L.-P., Djamai, N., Shang, J., and Merzouki, A. Canadian Experiment for Soil Moisture in 2010 (CanEx-SM10): Overview and preliminary results, IEEE Transactions of Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51(1):347-363. 2013.

Fang, B., Lakshmi, V., Bindlish, R., Jackson, T.J., Cosh, M.H., Basara, J. Passive microwave soil moisture downscaling using vegetation index and skin surface temperature. Vadose Zone Journal. 12(4). doi:10.2136/vzj2013.05.0089. 2013.

Mladenova, I., Jackson, T.J., Njoku, Eni., Bindlish, R., Chan, S., Cosh, M.H., Holmes, T., De Jeu, R.A.M., Jones, L. , Kimball, J., Paloscia, S., Santi, E. Remote Monitoring of Soil Moisture Using Passive Microwave-Based Technologies – Theoretical Basic and Overview of Selected Algorithms for AMSR-E. Remote Sensing of Environment. 144:197-213. 2013.

Rowlandson, T., Berg, A., Bullock, Paul, Ojo, E. Rotimi, McNairn, H., Wiseman, G., Cosh, M.H. Evaluation of Several Calibration Procedures for a Portable Soil Moisture Sensor. Journal of Hydrology. 498:335-344. 2013.

Cosh, M.H., Jackson, T.J., Smith, Craig, Toth, Brenda, Berg, A. Validating the BERMS in situ soil water content data record with a large scale temporary network, Vadose Zone Journal. 12(2). doi:10.2136/vzj2012.0151. 2013.

Han, E., Heathman, G. C., Merwade, V., Cosh, M.H. Application of observation operators for field scale soil mositure averages and variances in agricultural landscapes. Journal of Hydrology. 444-445:34-50. 2012.

Vanderlinden, K., Vereecken, H., Hardelauf, H., Herbst, M., Martinez, G., Cosh, M.H., Pachepsky, Y.A. Temporal stability of soil water contents: A review of data and analyses. Vadose Zone Journal. 11(2). doi:10.2136/vzj2011.0178. 2012.

Colliander, A., Chan, S., Kim, S., Das, N., Yueh, S., Cosh, M.H., Bindlish, R., Jackson, T.J., Njoku, E. Long Term Analysis of PALS Soil Moisture Campaign Measurements for Global Soil Moisture Algorithm Development Remote Sensing of Environment. 121:309-322. 2012.

Du, David, Jackson, T.J., Bindlish, R., Cosh, M.H., Li, L., Hornbuckle, B., Kabela, E. Effect of dew on aircraft-based passive microwave observations over an agricultural domain. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 6(1):063571. doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.6.063571. 2012.

Heathman, G. C., Cosh, M. H., Merwade, V., and Han, E. Multi-scale temporal stability analysis of surface and subsurface soil moisture within the Upper Cedar Creek Watershed, Indiana, Catena, 95, 91-103. 2012.

Agam, N., Kustas, W.P., Evett, S.R., Colaizzi, P.D., Cosh, M.H., McKee, L.G. Soil heat flux variability influenced by row direction in irrigated cotton. Advances in Water Resources. 50:31-40. 2012.

Heathman, G. C., Cosh, M. H., Han, E., Jackson, T. J., McKee, L. G., and McAfee, S. Field scale spatiotemporal analysis of surface soil moisture for evaluating point-scale in situ networks. Geoderma. 170:195-205. 2012.

Cosh, M.H., Evett, S.R., McKee, L.G. Surface soil water content spatial organization within irrigated and non-irrigated agricultural fields, Advances in Water Resources, 50, 55-61. 2012.

Kurum, M., O’Neill, P. E., Lang, R. H., Joseph, A. T., Cosh, M. H., and Jackson, T. J. Effective tree scattering and opacity at L-Band. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 118, 1-9. 2012.


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