Comparison of different high-resolution soil moisture products across an agricultural landscape in south-eastern Australia

Christoph Rüdiger, Alessandra Monerris, David McJannet, Luigi Renzullo, Mariette Vreugdenhil, Wolfgang Wagner

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A number of satellite missions have the capability to provide surface soil moisture information at a range of spatial and temporal scales. However, the validation of such products heavily relies on point measurements from permanent stations, which may or may not be representative of the larger scale soil moisture conditions. Hence, methods need to be developed that allow the sampling of surface soil moisture on the ground across large scales over a reasonably short time scale, in order to capture the spatial variability within a footprint, or to provide spatially sufficiently large data sets to validate high-resolution products, be they at their native resolution or downscaled. In this study, two field-scale ground sampling techniques, namely stationary and roving Cosmic Ray Probes, are compared against a high-resolution satellite product. The data are compared for their temporal performance as well as with a focus on capturing the correct spatial variability. The challenge is the inherently different sensing depth of the various technologies. It is shown that this may largely be overcome through scaling the products.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538671504
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2018
EventIEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2018 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 22 Jul 201827 Jul 2018
Conference number: 38th (Proceedings)

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NameInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)


ConferenceIEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2018
Abbreviated titleIGARSS 2018
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  • Cosmic ray probe
  • Satellite product validation
  • Soil moisture

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