Development and validation of the GCOM-W AMSR2 soil moisture product

Rajat Bindlish, Thomas J. Jackson, Michael Cosh, Sushil Milak, Eni G Njoku, Steven T F Chan, Mariko Burgin, T Grant Caldwell, Aaron A Berg, H. McNairn, J. Walker, Y. Zeng, Zhongqing Su, M. Thibeault, J Miguel Martinez

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GCOM-W AMSR2 provides continuity following AMSR-E and the opportunity to generate a global long-term satellite soil moisture data record from the same instrument type. Various soil moisture products are being developed using AMSR observations. The JAXA soil moisture along with the Single Channel Algorithm (SCA) product were evaluated using in situ observations from different geographical domains. Both the JAXA and SCA soil moisture estimates capture the overall climatological features and the overall spatial structure of the two products is similar. The JAXA soil moisture product shows a lower dynamic range in the retrieved soil moisture. The SCA performs well over low and moderately vegetated areas. This study focuses on the development of the AMSR2 soil moisture product. Validation results using in situ observations from diverse climate and land cover conditions will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2016 - Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationJuly 10–15, 2016, Beijing, China
EditorsJiancheng Shi, Huadong Guo, Kun-Shan Chen
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781509033324, 9781509033317
ISBN (Print)9781509033331
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
EventIEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2016 - China National Convention Center, Beijing, China
Duration: 10 Jul 201615 Jul 2016
Conference number: 36th (Proceedings)


ConferenceIEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2016
Abbreviated titleIGARSS 2016
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  • AMSR
  • passive microwave
  • Soil moisture
  • validation

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