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Title: Development of a aquarius/sac-d soil moisture product

item BINDLISH, R - Science Systems, Inc
item Jackson, Thomas
item ZHAO, T - Chinese Academy Of Sciences
item Holmes, Thomas
item Cosh, Michael
item O'NEILL, P - National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA)

Submitted to: International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/9/2013
Publication Date: 7/21/2013
Citation: Bindlish, R., Jackson, T.J., Zhao, T., Holmes, T.R., Cosh, M.H., O'Neill, P.E. 2013. Development of a aquarius/sac-d soil moisture product [abstract]. International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). 2013 CDROM.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Our objective in this investigation is to exploit the large amount of land observations that Aquarius acquires and extend the mission scope to land applications through the retrieval of soil moisture. This research will increase the value and impact of the Aquarius mission by including a broader scientific community, explore new algorithm approaches that exploit the active-passive observations, and contribute to the design and implementation of future satellite-based soil moisture missions. Following the successful launch of Aquarius/SAC-D in June 2011 and the beginning of data availability, we have undertaken investigations in three areas; evaluation of the calibration of the Aquarius radiometers over land, application of a baseline (radiometer only) soil moisture algorithm, and development of a soil moisture algorithm using both active and passive observations. Each of these analyses, described above, is an important component in preparing for the routine processing of a soil moisture product. Results from the first two investigations will be presented.