Sentinel-1 & Sentinel-2 for soil moisture retrieval at field scale

F. Mattia, A. Balenzano, G. Satalino, F. Lovergine, J. Peng, U. Wegmuller, O. Cartus, M. W.J. Davidson, S. Kim, J. Johnson, J. Walker, X. Wu, V. R.N. Pauwels, H. McNairn, T. Caldwell, M. Cosh, T. Jackson

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Soil moisture content is an essential climate variable that is operationally delivered at low resolution (e.g. 36-9 ) by earth observation missions, such as ESA/SMOS, NASA/SMAP and EUMETSAT/ASCAT. However numerous land applications would benefit from the availability of soil moisture maps at higher resolution. For this reason, there is a large research effort to develop soil moisture products at higher resolution using, for instance, data acquired by the new ESA's Sentinel missions. The objective of this study is twofold. First, it presents the validation status of a pre-operational soil moisture product derived from Sentinel-1 at 1 resolution. Second, it assesses the possibility of integrating Sentinel-2 data and additional ancillary information, such as parcel borders and high resolution soil texture maps, in order to obtain soil moisture maps at “field scale” resolution, i.e. ~0.1 . Case studies concerning agricultural sites located in Europe are presented.

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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  • High resolution
  • Sentinel-1
  • Sentinel-2
  • SMAP
  • SMOS
  • Soil moisture content

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