A Preliminary Study toward Consistent Soil Moisture from AMSR2

R.M. Parinussa, T.R.H. Holmes, N. Wanders, W.A. Dorigo, R.A.M. de Jeu

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A preliminary study toward consistent soil moisture products from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) is presented. Its predecessor, the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for Earth Observing System (AMSR-E), has providedEarth scientists with a consistent and continuous global soil moisture dataset. A major challenge remains to achieve synergy between these soil moisture datasets, which is hampered by the lack of an overlapping observation period of the sensors. Here, observations of the multifrequency microwave radiometer on board the Tropical RainfallMeasuringMission (TRMM) satellite were used to improve consistency between AMSR-E and AMSR2. Several scenarios to achieve synergy between the AMSR-E and AMSR2 soil moisture products were evaluated. The novel soil moisture retrievals from C-band observations, a frequency band that is lacking on board the TRMM satellite, are also presented. A global comparison of soil moisture retrievals against ERA-Interim soil moisture demonstrates the need for an intercalibration procedure. Several different scenarios based on filtering were tested, and the impact on the soil moisture retrievals was evaluated against two independent reference soil moisture datasets (reanalysis and in situ soil moisture) that cover both individual observation periods of the AMSR-E and AMSR2 sensors. Results show a high degree of consistency between both satellite products and two independent reference products for the soil moisture products retrieved from X-band observations. Care should be taken in the interpretation of the presented soil moisture products, and future research is needed to further align theAMSR2 and AMSR-E sensor calibrations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)932-947
JournalJournal of Hydrometeorology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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PT: J; NR: 52; TC: 3; J9: J HYDROMETEOROL; PG: 16; GA: CF7KM; UT: WOS:000352735100030


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