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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Michael H Cosh

Research Hydrologist


 photo of Mike Cosh Michael H. Cosh, Ph.D.
Research Hydrologist
USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Bldg. 007, Rm. 104, BARC-West
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 USA
Voice: (301) 504-6461
Fax: (301) 504-8931
Michael.Cosh@ars.usda.gov

 

Research Interests: (click here to see a list of current research projects)

  • In-situ soil moisture network validation.
  • Scaling of land surface parameters to satellite scale.
  • Validation of satellite soil moisture products, such as AMSR-E, SMOS, Aquarius, and SMAP.

Education:

  • 1995 B.A. (Engineering, minors in Math, Physics) Department of Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physical Sciences, Saint Francis College, Loretto, PA. (Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors)
  • 1996 B.S. (Civil and Environmental Engineering) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
  • 1998 M.S. (Hydraulics and Hydrology) School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  • 2002 Ph.D. (Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology) School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Professional Experience:

  • 1998 - 2001: Research Assistant, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  • 2002 - 2005: Post-Doctoral Researcher, USDA-ARS-Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD.
  • 2005 - present: Research Hydrologist, USDA-ARS-Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD.

Awards:

  • 2003: ARS Outstanding Performance Award, USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville MD.
  • 2008: ARS Beltsville Area Early Career Scientist of the Year.
  • 2013: NASA Group Achievement Award, 2013 for the Soil Moisture Active Passive Validation Field Experiment 2012 Field Campaign Team.
  • 2015: IEEE Highest Impact Paper Award 2015, for “Validation of Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer Soil Moisture Products” from 2010.
  • 2016: Interagency Partnership Award, Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer for the SMAP Applications Working Group for promoting integration of SMAP data into operational applications.
  • 2016: ARS Outreach, Diversity & Equal Opportunity Award, 2016 in the Supervisory/Managerial Category.

Professional Service:

  • American Geophysical Union Member
  • AGU Hydrology Remote Sensing Technical Committee Chairperson
  • AGU Hydrology Large Scale Field Experimentation Technical Committee Chairperson
  • AGU Fall Meeting Hydrology Program Chairperson
  • USDA Remote Sensing Coordination Committee, ARS Representative
  • IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Member
  • American Meteorological Society Member

Selected Publications: (please contact the author to determine reprint availability)

(view author's publications/interpretive summaries/technical abstracts since 1999)

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., Bindlish, R., Chan, S., Das, N., Kim, S., Cosh, M.H., Dunbar, R.S., Dang, L., Pashaian, L., Asanuma, J., Aida, K., Berg, A., Rowlandson, Tracy, Bosch, D.D., Caldwell, T., Caylor, K., Goodrich, D.C., al Jassar, H., Lopez-Baeza, E., Martinez-Fernandez, J., Gonzalez-Zamora, A., Livingston, S., McNairn, H., Pacheco, A. 2016. Validation of SMAP surface soil moisture products with core validation sites, Remote Sensing of Environment. In press. 2016.

Ouellette, J.D., Johnson, J., Balenzano, A., Mattia, F., Satalino, G., Kim, S., Dunbar, R.S., Colliander, A., Cosh, M.H., Caldwell, T., Walker, J., Berg, A. A time-series approach to estimating soil moisture from vegetated surfaces using L-band radar backscatter. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. In press, 2016.

Ran, Y., Li, X., Jin, R., Kang, J., Cosh, M.H. Strengths and weaknesses of temporal stability analysis for monitoring and estimating grid-mean soil moisture in a high-intensity irrigated agricultural landscape. Water Resources Research, in press 2016.

Kim, S., van Zyl, J., Johnson, J., Moghaddam, M., Tsang, L., Colliander, A., Dunbar, R.S., Jackson, T.J., Jarauwatanadilok, S., West, R., Berg, A., Caldwell, T., Cosh, M.H., Goodrich, D.C., Livingston, S., Lopez-Baeza, E., Rowlandson, T., Thibeault, M., Walker, J., Entekhabi, D., Njoku, E., O’Neill, P. .E., Yueh, S. Surface soil moisture retrieval using the L-band synthetic aperture radar onboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite and evaluation at core validation site. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, in press, 2016.

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-14-0145.1. 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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