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Research Project: Leveraging Remote Sensing, Land Surface Modeling and Ground-based Observations ... Variables within Heterogeneous Agricultural Landscapes

Location: Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Title: Agricultural applications for remotely sensed evapotranspiration data in monitoring water use, water quality, and water security

Author
item Anderson, Martha
item HAIN, C. - University Of Maryland
item Gao, Feng
item Yang, Yun
item SUN, L. - Collaborator
item Yang, Yong
item Dulaney, Wayne
item SHARIFI, AMIR - Desiderio Finamore Veterinary Research Institute (FEPAGRO)
item HOLMES, T. - Collaborator
item Kustas, William - Bill

Submitted to: American Geophysical Union
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/3/2016
Publication Date: 12/12/2016
Citation: Anderson, M.C., Hain, C., Gao, F.N., Yang, Y., Sun, L., Yang, Y., Dulaney, W.P., Sharifi, A., Holmes, T., Kustas, W.P. 2016. Agricultural applications for remotely sensed evapotranspiration data in monitoring water use, water quality, and water security. American Geophysical Union.2016 CD-ROM.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Across the U.S. and globally there are ever increasing and competing demands for freshwater resources in support of food production, ecosystems services and human/industrial consumption. Recent studies using the GRACE satellite have identified severely stressed aquifers globally, which are being unsustainably depleted due to over-extraction primarily in support of irrigated agriculture. In addition, historic droughts and ongoing political conflicts threaten food and water security in many parts of the world. To facilitate wise water management, and to develop sustainable agricultural systems that will feed the Earth’s growing population into the future, there is a critical need for robust assessments of daily water use, or evapotranspiration (ET), over a wide range in spatial scales – from field to globe. While Earth Observing (EO) satellites can play a significant role in this endeavor, no single satellite provides the combined spatial, spectral and temporal characteristics required for actionable ET monitoring world-wide. In this presentation we discuss new methods for combining information from the current suite of EO satellites to address issues of water use, water quality and water security, particularly as they pertain to agricultural production. These methods fuse multi-scale diagnostic ET retrievals generated using shortwave, thermal infrared and microwave datasets from multiple EO platforms to generate ET datacubes with both high spatial and temporal resolution. We highlight several case studies where such ET datacubes are being mined to investigate changes in water use patterns over agricultural landscapes in response to changing land use, land management, and climate forcings.