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  1. Galvanic Cell Type Sensor for Soil Moisture Analysis.

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    Gaikwad, Pramod; Devendrachari, Mruthyunjayachari Chattanahalli; Thimmappa, Ravikumar; Paswan, Bhuneshwar; Raja Kottaichamy, Alagar; Makri Nimbegondi Kotresh, Harish; Thotiyl, Musthafa Ottakam

    2015-07-21

    Here we report the first potentiometric sensor for soil moisture analysis by bringing in the concept of Galvanic cells wherein the redox energies of Al and conducting polyaniline are exploited to design a battery type sensor. The sensor consists of only simple architectural components, and as such they are inexpensive and lightweight, making it suitable for on-site analysis. The sensing mechanism is proved to be identical to a battery type discharge reaction wherein polyaniline redox energy changes from the conducting to the nonconducting state with a resulting voltage shift in the presence of soil moisture. Unlike the state of the art soil moisture sensors, a signal derived from the proposed moisture sensor is probe size independent, as it is potentiometric in nature and, hence, can be fabricated in any shape or size and can provide a consistent output signal under the strong aberration conditions often encountered in soil moisture analysis. The sensor is regenerable by treating with 1 M HCl and can be used for multiple analysis with little read out hysteresis. Further, a portable sensor is fabricated which can provide warning signals to the end user when the moisture levels in the soil go below critically low levels, thereby functioning as a smart device. As the sensor is inexpensive, portable, and potentiometric, it opens up avenues for developing effective and energy efficient irrigation strategies, understanding the heat and water transfer at the atmosphere-land interface, understanding soil mechanics, forecasting the risk of natural calamities, and so on. PMID:26098202

  2. Long term analysis of PALS soil moisture campaign measurements for global soil moisture algorithm development

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    An important component of satellite-based soil moisture algorithm development and validation is the comparison of coincident remote sensing and in situ observations that are typically provided by intensive field campaigns. The planned NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission has unique requi...

  3. Multivariate analysis of soil moisture and runoff dynamics for better understanding of catchment moisture state

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    Graeff, Thomas; Bronstert, Axel; Cunha Costa, Alexandre; Zehe, Erwin

    2010-05-01

    Soil moisture is a key state that controls runoff formation, infiltration and portioning of radiation into latent and sensible heat flux. The experimental characterisation of near surface soil moisture patterns and their controls on runoff formation is, however, still largely untapped. Using an intelligent sampling strategy of two TDR clusters installed in the head water of the Wilde Weißeritz catchment (Eastern Ore Mountains, Germany), we investigated how well "the catchment state" may be characterised by means of distributed soil moisture data observed at the field scale. A grassland site and a forested site both located on gentle slopes were instrumented with two Spatial TDR clusters (STDR) that consist of 39 and 32 coated TDR probes of 60 cm length. The interplay of soil moisture and runoff formation was interrogated using discharge data from three nested catchments: the Becherbach with a size of 2 km², the Rehefeld catchment (17 km²) and the superordinate Ammelsdorf catchment (49 km²). Multiple regression analysis and information theory including observations of groundwater levels, soil moisture and rainfall intensity were employed to predict stream flow. On the small scale we found a strong correlation between the average soil moisture and the runoff coefficients of rainfall-runoff events, which almost explains as much variability as the pre-event runoff. There was, furthermore, a strong correlation between surface soil moisture and subsurface wetness. With increasing catchment size, the explanatory power of soil moisture reduced, but it was still in a good accordance to the former results. Combining those results with a recession analysis of soil moisture and discharge we derived a first conceptual model of the dominant runoff mechanisms operating in these catchments, namely subsurface flow, but also by groundwater. The multivariate analysis indicated that the proposed sampling strategy of clustering TDR probes in typical functional units is a promising technique to explore the soil moisture control on runoff generation and can be an important link between the scales. Long term monitoring of such sites could yield valuable information for flood warning and forecasting by identifying critical soil moisture conditions for the former and a better representation of the initial moisture conditions for the further.

  4. Microwave soil moisture measurements and analysis

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    Newton, R. W.; Howell, T. A.; Nieber, J. L.; Vanbavel, C. H. M. (principal investigators)

    1980-01-01

    An effort to develop a model that simulates the distribution of water content and of temperature in bare soil is documented. The field experimental set up designed to acquire the data to test this model is described. The microwave signature acquisition system (MSAS) field measurements acquired in Colby, Kansas during the summer of 1978 are pesented.

  5. Geostatistical analysis of soil moisture variability on Da Nangou

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    Dundas, Robert G.

    of environmental issues related to soil erosion, ¯ood- ing, and solute transport, it is necessary to under- stand the variability of soil moisture under different climatic and geological conditions and at different spatio indicated that soil moisture exhibits changing spatial dependence with time and depth. For pro

  6. Soil Moisture Project Evaluation Workshop

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    Gilbert, R. H. (editor)

    1980-01-01

    Approaches planned or being developed for measuring and modeling soil moisture parameters are discussed. Topics cover analysis of spatial variability of soil moisture as a function of terrain; the value of soil moisture information in developing stream flow data; energy/scene interactions; applications of satellite data; verifying soil water budget models; soil water profile/soil temperature profile models; soil moisture sensitivity analysis; combinations of the thermal model and microwave; determing planetary roughness and field roughness; how crust or a soil layer effects microwave return; truck radar; and truck/aircraft radar comparison.

  7. Improving long-term, retrospective precipitation datasets using satellite-based surface soil moisture retrievals and the soil moisture analysis rainfall tool (SMART)

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    Using historical satellite surface soil moisture products, the Soil Moisture Analysis Rainfall Tool (SMART) is applied to improve the accuracy of a multi-decadal global daily rainfall product that has been bias-corrected to match the monthly totals of available ground observations. In order to adapt...

  8. Improving long-term global precipitation dataset using multi-sensor surface soil moisture retrievals and the soil moisture analysis rainfall tool (SMART)

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    Using multiple historical satellite surface soil moisture products, the Kalman Filtering-based Soil Moisture Analysis Rainfall Tool (SMART) is applied to improve the accuracy of a multi-decadal global daily rainfall product that has been bias-corrected to match the monthly totals of available rain g...

  9. Analysis of soil moisture probability in a tree cropped watershed

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    Espejo-Perez, Antonio Jesus; Giraldez Cervera, Juan Vicente; Pedrera, Aura; Vanderlinden, Karl

    2015-04-01

    Probability density functions (pdfs) of soil moisture were estimated for an experimental watershed in Southern Spain, cropped with olive trees. Measurements were made using a capacitance sensors network from June 2011 until May 2013. The network consisted of 22 profiles of sensors, installed close to the tree trunk under the canopy and in the adjacent inter-row area, at 11 locations across the watershed to assess the influence of rain interception and root-water uptake on the soil moisture distribution. A bimodal pdf described the moisture dynamics at the 11 sites, both under and in-between the trees. Each mode represented the moisture status during either the dry or the wet period of the year. The observed histograms could be decomposed into a Lognormal pdf for dry period and a Gaussian pdf for the wet period. The pdfs showed a larger variation among the different locations at inter-row positions, as compared to under the canopy, reflecting the strict control of the vegetation on soil moisture. At both positions this variability was smaller during the wet season than during the dry period.

  10. Analysis of the linearised observation operator in a soil moisture and temperature analysis scheme

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    Dharssi, I.; Candy, B.; Steinle, P.

    2015-06-01

    Several weather forecasting agencies have developed advanced land data assimilation systems that, in principle, can analyse any model land variable. Such systems can make use of a wide variety of observation types, such as screen level (2 m above the surface) observations and satellite based measurements of surface soil moisture and skin temperature. Indirect measurements can be used and information propagated from the surface into the deeper soil layers. A key component of the system is the calculation of the linearised observation operator matrix (Jacobian matrix) which describes the link between the observations and the land surface model variables. The elements of the Jacobian matrix (Jacobians) are estimated using finite difference by performing short model forecasts with perturbed initial conditions. The calculated Jacobians show that there can be strong coupling between the screen level and the soil. The coupling between the screen level and surface soil moisture is found to be due to a number of processes including bare soil evaporation, soil thermal conductivity as well as transpiration by plants. Therefore, there is significant coupling both during the day and at night. The coupling between the screen level and root-zone soil moisture is primarily through transpiration by plants. Therefore the coupling is only significant during the day and the vertical variation of the coupling is modulated by the vegetation root depths. The calculated Jacobians that link screen level temperature to model soil temperature are found to be largest for the topmost model soil layer and become very small for the lower soil layers. These values are largest during the night and generally positive in value. It is found that the Jacobians that link observations of surface soil moisture to model soil moisture are strongly affected by the soil hydraulic conductivity. Generally, for the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) land surface model, the coupling between the surface and root zone soil moisture is weak. Finally, the Jacobians linking observations of skin temperature to model soil temperature and moisture are calculated. These Jacobians are found to have a similar spatial pattern to the Jacobians for observations of screen level temperature. Analysis is also performed of the sensitivity of the calculated Jacobians to the magnitude of the perturbations used.

  11. Understanding Soil Moisture

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Understanding soil moisture is critical for landscape irrigation management. This landscaep irrigation seminar will compare volumetric and matric potential soil-moisture sensors, discuss the relationship between their readings and demonstrate how to use these data. Soil water sensors attempt to sens...

  12. Soil moisture modeling review

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    Hildreth, W. W.

    1978-01-01

    A determination of the state of the art in soil moisture transport modeling based on physical or physiological principles was made. It was found that soil moisture models based on physical principles have been under development for more than 10 years. However, these models were shown to represent infiltration and redistribution of soil moisture quite well. Evapotranspiration has not been as adequately incorporated into the models.

  13. Analysis of spatiotemporal soil moisture patterns at the catchment scale using a wireless sensor network

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    Bogena, Heye R.; Huisman, Johan A.; Rosenbaum, Ulrike; Weuthen, Ansgar; Vereecken, Harry

    2010-05-01

    Soil water content plays a key role in partitioning water and energy fluxes and controlling the pattern of groundwater recharge. Despite the importance of soil water content, it is not yet measured in an operational way at larger scales. The aim of this paper is to present the potential of real-time monitoring for the analysis of soil moisture patterns at the catchment scale using the recently developed wireless sensor network SoilNet [1], [2]. SoilNet is designed to measure soil moisture, salinity and temperature in several depths (e.g. 5, 20 and 50 cm). Recently, a small forest catchment Wüstebach (~27 ha) has been instrumented with 150 sensor nodes and more than 1200 soil sensors in the framework of the Transregio32 and the Helmholtz initiative TERENO (Terrestrial Environmental Observatories). From August to November 2009, more than 6 million soil moisture measurements have been performed. We will present first results from a statistical and geostatistical analysis of the data. The observed spatial variability of soil moisture corresponds well with the 800-m scale variability described in [3]. The very low scattering of the standard deviation versus mean soil moisture plots indicates that sensor network data shows less artificial soil moisture variations than soil moisture data originated from measurement campaigns. The variograms showed more or less the same nugget effect, which indicates that the sum of the sub-scale variability and the measurement error is rather time-invariant. Wet situations showed smaller spatial variability, which is attributed to saturated soil water content, which poses an upper limit and is typically not strongly variable in headwater catchments with relatively homogeneous soil. The spatiotemporal variability in soil moisture at 50 cm depth was significantly lower than at 5 and 20 cm. This finding indicates that the considerable variability of the top soil is buffered deeper in the soil due to lateral and vertical water fluxes. Topographic features showed the strongest correlation with soil moisture during dry periods, indicating that the control of topography on the soil moisture pattern depends on the soil water status. Interpolation using the external drift kriging method demonstrated that the high sampling density allows capturing the key patterns of soil moisture variation in the Wüstebach catchment. References: [1] Bogena, H.R., J.A. Huisman, C. Oberdörster, H. Vereecken (2007): Evaluation of a low-cost soil water content sensor for wireless network applications. Journal of Hydrology: 344, 32- 42. [2] Rosenbaum, U., Huisman, J.A., Weuthen, A., Vereecken, H. and Bogena, H.R. (2010): Quantification of sensor-to-sensor variability of the ECH2O EC-5, TE and 5TE sensors in dielectric liquids. Accepted for publication in Vadose Zone Journal (09/2009). [3] Famiglietti J.S., D. Ryu, A. A. Berg, M. Rodell and T. J. Jackson (2008), Field observations of soil moisture variability across scales, Water Resour. Res. 44, W01423, doi:10.1029/2006WR005804.

  14. Soil Moisture Workshop

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    Heilman, J. L. (editor); Moore, D. G. (editor); Schmugge, T. J. (editor); Friedman, D. B. (editor)

    1978-01-01

    The Soil Moisture Workshop was held at the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Maryland on January 17-19, 1978. The objectives of the Workshop were to evaluate the state of the art of remote sensing of soil moisture; examine the needs of potential users; and make recommendations concerning the future of soil moisture research and development. To accomplish these objectives, small working groups were organized in advance of the Workshop to prepare position papers. These papers served as the basis for this report.

  15. Evapotranspiration Controls Imposed by Soil Moisture: A Spatial Analysis across the United States

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    Rigden, A. J.; Tuttle, S. E.; Salvucci, G.

    2014-12-01

    We spatially analyze the control over evapotranspiration (ET) imposed by soil moisture across the United States using daily estimates of satellite-derived soil moisture and data-driven ET over a nine-year period (June 2002-June 2011) at 305 locations. The soil moisture data are developed using 0.25-degree resolution satellite observations from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for the Earth Observing System (AMSR-E), where the 9-year time series for each 0.25-degree pixel was selected from three potential algorithms (VUA-NASA, U. Montana, & NASA) based on the maximum mutual information between soil moisture and precipitation (Tuttle & Salvucci (2014), Remote Sens Environ, 114: 207-222). The ET data are developed independent of soil moisture using an emergent relationship between the diurnal cycle of the relative humidity profile and ET. The emergent relation is that the vertical variance of the relative humidity profile is less than what would occur for increased or decreased ET rates, suggesting that land-atmosphere feedback processes minimize this variance (Salvucci and Gentine (2013), PNAS, 110(16): 6287-6291). The key advantage of using this approach to estimate ET is that no measurements of surface limiting factors (soil moisture, leaf area, canopy conductance) are required; instead, ET is estimated from meteorological data measured at 305 common weather stations that are approximately uniformly distributed across the United States. The combination of these two independent datasets allows for a unique spatial analysis of the control on ET imposed by the availability of soil moisture. We fit evaporation efficiency curves across the United States at each of the 305 sites during the summertime (May-June-July-August-September). Spatial patterns are visualized by mapping optimal curve fitting coefficients across the Unites States. An analysis of efficiency curves and their spatial patterns will be presented.

  16. Soil moisture retrieval from multi-instrument observations: Information content analysis and retrieval methodology

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    Kolassa, J.; Aires, F.; Polcher, J.; Prigent, C.; Jimenez, C.; Pereira, J. M.

    2013-05-01

    algorithm has been developed that employs neural network technology to retrieve soil moisture from multi-wavelength satellite observations (active/passive microwave, infrared, and visible). This represents the first step in the development of a methodology aiming to combine beneficial aspects of existing retrieval schemes. Several quality metrics have been developed to assess the performance of a retrieval product on different spatial and temporal scales. Additionally, an innovative approach to estimate the retrieval uncertainty has been proposed. An information content analysis of different satellite observations showed that active microwave observations are best suited to capture the soil moisture temporal variability, while the amplitude of the surface temperature diurnal cycle is best suited to capture the spatial variability. In a synergy analysis, it has been found that through the combination of all observations the retrieval uncertainty could be reduced by 13%. Furthermore, it was found that synergy benefits are significantly larger using a data fusion approach compared to an a posteriori combination of retrieval products, supporting the combination of different retrieval methodology aspects in a single algorithm. In a comparison with model data, it was found that the proposed methodology also shows potential to be used for the evaluation of modeled soil moisture. A comparison with in situ observations showed that the algorithm is well able to capture soil moisture spatial variabilities. It was concluded that the temporal performance can be improved through incorporation of other existing retrieval approaches.

  17. Soil Moisture Memory in Climate Models

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    Koster, Randal D.; Suarez, Max J.; Zukor, Dorothy J. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Water balance considerations at the soil surface lead to an equation that relates the autocorrelation of soil moisture in climate models to (1) seasonality in the statistics of the atmospheric forcing, (2) the variation of evaporation with soil moisture, (3) the variation of runoff with soil moisture, and (4) persistence in the atmospheric forcing, as perhaps induced by land atmosphere feedback. Geographical variations in the relative strengths of these factors, which can be established through analysis of model diagnostics and which can be validated to a certain extent against observations, lead to geographical variations in simulated soil moisture memory and thus, in effect, to geographical variations in seasonal precipitation predictability associated with soil moisture. The use of the equation to characterize controls on soil moisture memory is demonstrated with data from the modeling system of the NASA Seasonal-to-Interannual Prediction Project.

  18. Soil moisture detection from Skylab

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    Eagleman, J. R.; Lin, W. C.

    1975-01-01

    An investigation was designed for the Skylab satellite to determine the feasibility of remote sensing of the soil moisture content of the surface from various microwave sensors. Skylab data for the experiment were collected during passes 5, 10, 16, and 38 across the two test sites selected in eastern Kansas and western Texas. Pass 38 covered both test sites giving five data sets for the analysis. As Skylab data were being taken the moisture content of the soil was sampled by ground crews for each 2.5 centimeter depth from the surface to 15 centimeters at interval of about six kilometers along two different routes along the test sites. This resulted in a total of 2250 soil moisture samples corresponding to different locations and six different depths. Skylab data were collected by passive microwave radiometers at wavelengths of 2.1 and 21 centimeters by the S193 and S194 microwave sensors. An active microwave system also collected scatterometer data at a wavelength of 2.1 centimeters. The analysis of microwave data has revealed that the longer wavelength L-Band passive radiometer gives the best correlation with soil moisture content of the upper 2.5 centimeter depth of soil.

  19. A simulated soil moisture based drought analysis for the United States

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    Sheffield, Justin; Goteti, Gopi; Wen, Fenghua; Wood, Eric F.

    2004-12-01

    Droughts have severe economic, environmental and social impacts. Timely determination of the current level of drought may aid the decision making process in reducing the impacts from drought. In this study, high-resolution, land surface hydrology simulations using the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model are used to derive a hydrologically based drought index. Soil moisture data from a retrospective simulation from 1950 to 1999 over the continental United States are used to develop probability distributions of monthly average soil moisture, and the relative position of soil moisture fields within the historic distribution provides a measure of drought in relation to the long-term behavior. The index is able to identify the major drought events during the latter part of the twentieth century and shows good agreement with the time series of U.S. drought from two Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) data sets. On average, 30% of the United States experienced dry conditions (<10% soil moisture quantile) during 1950-1999, peaking at over 70% coverage at the height of the 1950s drought. Many dry events exhibit long-term persistence, especially in the West, which is important in terms of the cumulative impacts. The physical basis of the model allows the index to take into account a number of processes, which contribute to the development of drought, such as snow accumulation and melt that other indices ignore or treat unsatisfactorily. Furthermore, the high spatial and temporal resolution of the simulations ensure that the drought index is able to allow for the effects of short-term changes in meteorology as well as longer-term climate variations, and resolve the high spatial variability in soil moisture and drought occurrence. The potential for implementing the analysis in an operational mode exists by using data from the near real-time simulations within the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS).

  20. Monte Carlo Analysis of the Commissioning Phase Maneuvers of the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission

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    Williams, Jessica L.; Bhat, Ramachandra S.; You, Tung-Han

    2012-01-01

    The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will perform soil moisture content and freeze/thaw state observations from a low-Earth orbit. The observatory is scheduled to launch in October 2014 and will perform observations from a near-polar, frozen, and sun-synchronous Science Orbit for a 3-year data collection mission. At launch, the observatory is delivered to an Injection Orbit that is biased below the Science Orbit; the spacecraft will maneuver to the Science Orbit during the mission Commissioning Phase. The delta V needed to maneuver from the Injection Orbit to the Science Orbit is computed statistically via a Monte Carlo simulation; the 99th percentile delta V (delta V99) is carried as a line item in the mission delta V budget. This paper details the simulation and analysis performed to compute this figure and the delta V99 computed per current mission parameters.

  1. Error characterization of microwave satellite soil moisture data sets using fourier analysis

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    Soil moisture is a key geophysical variable in hydrological and meteorological processes. Accurate and current observations of soil moisture over meso to global scales used as inputs to hydrological, weather and climate modelling will benefit the predictability and understanding of these processes. ...

  2. Error characterization of microwave satellite soil moisture data sets using fourier analysis

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    Abstract: Soil moisture is a key geophysical variable in hydrological and meteorological processes. Accurate and current observations of soil moisture over mesoscale to global scales as inputs to hydrological, weather and climate modelling will benefit the predictability and understanding of these p...

  3. A New Model of Dielectric Analysis for Measurement Soil Moisture Water Content

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    Mukhlisin, Muhammad; Saputra, Almushfi; Raihan Taha, Mohd

    2013-04-01

    Measurement of soil water content (?) has become an important part of the analysis of various fields of study, especially those involving irrigation in agriculture, forestry, hydrology and land activity. The models for measuring soil water content (?) is usually based on the permittivity (?) value. Many previous studies have been proposed e.g., Top et al. 1980; Roth et al. 1992; Malicki et al. 1996; and Robinson et al. 2005. Measurements using electromagnetic methods typically utilize permittivity parameters to determine water content in the soil. This method was used due to the significantly of differences permittivity between soil and water. In this study, a new model of dielectric analysis for measurement soil moisture water content is proposed and then compared with the existing models as the performance evaluation of the model. Result obtained shows that the new proposed model fits secondary experimental data reasonably well over a wide range of soil types. It is therefore suggested the new proposed model be used for the measurement of soil water content.

  4. Soil moisture memory in AGCM simulations: Analysis of Global Land-Atmosphere Coupling Experiment (GLACE) Data

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    Seneviratne, S. I.; Koster, R. D.; Guo, Z.; Dirmeyer, P.

    2004-05-01

    A period of heavy rainfall or prolonged drought can produce an anomaly in soil moisture that may take weeks or months to dissipate. The fact that the soil can "remember" a wet or dry anomaly long after the conditions responsible for the anomaly are forgotten by the atmosphere is a key aspect of land-atmosphere interactions and has major implications for seasonal forecasting. The Global Land-Atmosphere Coupling Experiment (GLACE) is a recent project investigating the strength of land-atmosphere coupling in Atmospheric General Circulation Models (AGCMs). As part of this experiment, three ensembles of simulations spanning June 1-August 31 have been conducted by a number of different models, using different specifications for the land-atmosphere coupling (full coupling, partial coupling, and no coupling). The present study investigates the soil moisture memory characteristics of the control experiments (with full coupling). Thus, in essence, the memory characteristics of a number of different models, all doing the same experiment and producing the same type of output, are objectively compared and contrasted. Koster and Suarez (2001) derived an equation that relates the autocorrelation of soil moisture (soil moisture memory) in climate models to 1) seasonality in the statistics of the atmospheric forcing, 2) the variation of evaporation with soil moisture, 3) the variation of runoff with soil moisture, and 4) correlation between the atmospheric forcing and antecedent soil moisture, which reflects both the memory of the external forcing and land-atmosphere feedbacks. Here, we use the equation to analyze soil moisture memory in the investigated AGCMs. The results show that the differences in regional soil moisture memory between the studied AGCMs can indeed be related in part to intermodel differences in these four controls.

  5. Soil moisture: Some fundamentals. [agriculture - soil mechanics

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    Milstead, B. W.

    1975-01-01

    A brief tutorial on soil moisture, as it applies to agriculture, is presented. Information was taken from books and papers considered freshman college level material, and is an attempt to briefly present the basic concept of soil moisture and a minimal understanding of how water interacts with soil.

  6. Applications of soil moisture information

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    Johannsen, C. J.; Engman, E. T.; Blanchard, B. J.; Bockes, O.; Brueck, D.; Deardorff, J.; Heilman, J. L.; Myrup, L.; Keener, M.

    1978-01-01

    The needs of specific users within the areas of agriculture, hydrology, and meteorology are discussed. Sections are also included on the importance of drought, foreign needs for soil moisture information, some specific requirements for data information systems, and agency and organization uses of soil moisture.

  7. A Global Analysis of the Link between Soil Moisture Dynamics and Warm Extremes.

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    Casagrande, E.; Kondapalli, N. K.; Mueller, B.; Miralles, D. G.; Molini, A.

    2014-12-01

    Under future climatic scenarios long-lasting warm extremes, such as heat waves, are expected to become more intense, persistent and frequent for both temperate and arid regions, resulting in diverse but nonetheless significant impacts for the human health, sustainable development and economy of these regions. As the underlying processes responsible for triggering and sustaining warm extremes are extremely variegate and yet not well understood, the occurrence of extreme events such heat waves and prolonged droughts results exceedingly difficult to predict and model. Major uncertainties arise from the fact that warm extremes mainly derive from the interplay of large-scale atmospheric processes and local feedbacks operating across very different spatial and temporal scales, and are characterized by several thresholds, limiting factors and non-linearities determining their deviation from the "classical" extreme-value theory.In this study we explore - from a global point of view - the role of local and synoptic dynamical components in initiating warm extremes and in determining their spatial and temporal clustering. Previous studies have already highlighted the role of large negative soil moisture anomalies in causing and sustaining long periods of dry and hot weather. For this reason we propose here a novel approach to the characterization of warm extremes, based on the conditioning of traditional air temperature quintile statistics to antecedent soil moisture conditions. Case studies from different climatic regimes are shown in order to prove the major and varied role of antecedent soil moisture conditions across the different regions of the world. In addition, we also investigate the connection between regional climate features and large-scale dynamics during warm extremes by the joint usage of classical diagnostic analysis and novel statistics for the detection of cross-scale interactions.

  8. SMALT - Soil Moisture from Altimetry

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    Smith, Richard; Salloway, Mark; Berry, Philippa; Hahn, Sebastian; Wagner, Wolfgang; Egido, Alejandro; Dinardo, Salvatore; Lucas, Bruno Manuel; Benveniste, Jerome

    2014-05-01

    Soil surface moisture is a key scientific parameter; however, it is extremely difficult to measure remotely, particularly in arid and semi-arid terrain. This paper outlines the development of a novel methodology to generate soil moisture estimates in these regions from multi-mission satellite radar altimetry. Key to this approach is the development of detailed DRy Earth ModelS (DREAMS), which encapsulate the detailed and intricate surface brightness variations over the Earth's land surface, resulting from changes in surface roughness and composition. DREAMS have been created over a number of arid and semi-arid deserts worldwide to produce historical SMALT timeseries over soil moisture variation. These products are available in two formats - a high resolution track product which utilises the altimeter's high frequency content alongtrack and a multi-looked 6" gridded product at facilitate easy comparison/integeration with other remote sensing techniques. An overview of the SMALT processing scheme, covering the progression of the data from altimeter sigma0 through to final soil moisture estimate, is included along with example SMALT products. Validation has been performed over a number of deserts by comparing SMALT products with other remote sensing techniques, results of the comparison between SMALT and Metop Warp 5.5 are presented here. Comparisons with other remote sensing techniques have been limited in scope due to differences in the operational aspects of the instruments, the restricted geographical coverage of the DREAMS and the low repeat temporal sampling rate of the altimeter. The potential to expand the SMALT technique into less arid areas has been investigated. Small-scale comparison with in-situ and GNSS-R data obtained by the LEiMON experimental campaign over Tuscany, where historical trends exist within both SMALT and SMC probe datasets. A qualitative analysis of unexpected backscatter characteristics in dedicated dry environments is performed with comparison between Metop ASCAT and altimeter sigma0 over Saharan Africa. Geographical correlated areas of agreement and disagreement corresponding to underlying terrain are identified. SMALT products provide a first order estimation of soil moisture in areas of very dry terrain, where other datasets are limited. Potential to improve and expand the technique has been found, although further work is required to produce products with the same accuracy confidence as more established techniques. The data are made freely available to the scientific community through the website http://tethys.eaprs.cse.dmu.ac.uk/SMALT

  9. Bistatic Radar Configuration for Soil Moisture Retrieval: Analysis of the Spatial Coverage

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    Pierdicca, Nazzareno; De Titta, Ludovico; Pulvirenti, Luca; della Pietra, Giuliano

    2009-01-01

    Some outcomes of a feasibility analysis of a spaceborne bistatic radar mission for soil moisture retrieval are presented in this paper. The study starts from the orbital design of the configuration suitable for soil moisture estimation identified in a previous study. This configuration is refined according to the results of an analysis of the spatial resolution. The paper focuses on the assessment of the spatial coverage i.e., on the verification that an adequate overlap between the footprints of the antennas is ensured and on the duty cycle, that is the fraction of orbital period during which the bistatic data are acquired. A non-cooperating system is considered, in which the transmitter is the C-band Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar aboard Envisat. The best performances in terms of duty cycle are achieved if the transmitter operates in Wide Swath Mode. The higher resolution Image Swath Modes that comply with the selected configuration have a duty cycle that is never less than 12% and can exceed 21%. When Envisat operates in Wide Swath Mode, the bistatic system covers a wide latitude range across the equator, while in some of the Image Swath Modes, the bistatic measurements, collected from the same orbit, cover mid-latitude areas. In the latter case, it might be possible to achieve full coverage in an Envisat orbit repeat cycle, while, for a very large latitude range such as that covered in Wide Swath Mode, bistatic acquisitions could be obtained over about 65% of the area. PMID:22399996

  10. Extending the soil moisture data record of the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) and Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN)

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    Coopersmith, Evan J.; Bell, Jesse E.; Cosh, Michael H.

    2015-05-01

    Soil moisture estimates are valuable for hydrologic modeling, drought prediction and management, climate change analysis, and agricultural decision support. However, in situ measurements of soil moisture have only become available within the past few decades with additional sensors being installed each year. Comparing newer in situ resources with older resources, previously required a period of cross-calibration, often requiring several years of data collection. One new technique to improve this issue is to develop a methodology to extend the in situ record backwards in time using a soil moisture model and ancillary available data sets. This study will extend the soil moisture record of the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) by calibrating a precipitation-driven model during the most recent few years when soil moisture data are available and applying that model backwards temporally in years where precipitation data are available and soil moisture data are not. This approach is validated by applying the technique to the Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) where the same model is calibrated in recent years and validated during preceding years at locations with a sufficiently long soil moisture record. Results suggest that if two or three years of concurrent precipitation and soil moisture time series data are available, the calibrated model's parameters can be applied historically to produce RMSE values less than 0.033 m3/m3. With this approach, in locations characterized by in situ sensors with short or intermittent data records, a model can now be used to fill the relevant gaps and improve the historical record as well.

  11. Sensitivity Analysis of Distributed Soil Moisture Profiles by Active Distributed Temperature Sensing

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    Ciocca, F.; Van De Giesen, N.; Assouline, S.; Huwald, H.; Lunati, I.

    2012-12-01

    Monitoring and measuring the fluctuations of soil moisture at large scales in the filed remains a challenge. Although sensors based on measurement of dielectric properties such as Time Domain Reflectometers (TDR) and capacity-based probes can guarantee reasonable responses, they always operate on limited spatial ranges. On the other hand optical fibers, attached to a Distribute Temperature Sensing (DTS) system, can allow for high precision soil temperature measurements over distances of kilometers. A recently developed technique called Active DTS (ADTS) and consisting of a heat pulse of a certain duration and power along the metal sheath covering the optical fiber buried in the soil, has proven a promising alternative to spatially-limited probes. Two approaches have been investigated to infer distributed soil moisture profiles in the region surrounding the optic fiber cable by analyzing the temperature variations during the heating and the cooling phases. One directly relates the change of temperature to the soil moisture (independently measured) to develop specific calibration curve for the soil used; the other requires inferring the thermal properties and then obtaining the soil moisture by inversion of known relationships. To test and compare the two approaches over a broad range of saturation conditions a large lysimeter has been homogeneously filled with loamy soil and 52 meters of fiber optic cable have been buried in the shallower 0.8 meters in a double coil rigid structure of 15 loops along with a series of capacity-based sensors (calibrated for the soil used) to provide independent soil moisture measurements at the same depths of the optical fiber. Thermocouples have also been wrapped around the fiber to investigate the effects of the insulating cover surrounding the cable, and in between each layer in order to monitor heat diffusion at several centimeters. A high performance DTS has been used to measure the temperature along the fiber optic cable. Several soil moisture profiles have been generated in the lysimeter either varying the water table height or by wetting the soil from the top. The sensitivity of the ADTS method for heat pulses of different duration and power and ranges of spatial and temporal resolution are presented.

  12. Method for evaluating moisture tensions of soils using spectral data

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    Peterson, John B. (Inventor)

    1982-01-01

    A method is disclosed which permits evaluation of soil moisture utilizing remote sensing. Spectral measurements at a plurality of different wavelengths are taken with respect to sample soils and the bidirectional reflectance factor (BRF) measurements produced are submitted to regression analysis for development therefrom of predictable equations calculated for orderly relationships. Soil of unknown reflective and unknown soil moisture tension is thereafter analyzed for bidirectional reflectance and the resulting data utilized to determine the soil moisture tension of the soil as well as providing a prediction as to the bidirectional reflectance of the soil at other moisture tensions.

  13. Flood-initiating catchment conditions: a spatio-temporal analysis of large-scale soil moisture patterns in the Elbe river basin

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    Nied, M.; Hundecha, Y.; Merz, B.

    2012-09-01

    Floods are the result of a complex interaction between meteorological event characteristics and pre-event catchment conditions. While the large-scale meteorological conditions have been classified and successfully linked to floods, this is lacking for the large-scale pre-event catchment conditions. Therefore, we propose to classify soil moisture as a key variable of pre-event catchment conditions and to investigate the link between soil moisture patterns and flood occurrence in the Elbe river basin. Soil moisture is simulated using a semi-distributed conceptual rainfall-runoff model over the period 1951-2003. Principal component analysis (PCA) and cluster analysis are applied successively to identify days of similar soil moisture patterns. The results show that PCA considerably reduced the dimensionality of the soil moisture data. The first principal component (PC) explains 75.71% of the soil moisture variability and represents the large-scale seasonal wetting and drying. The successive PCs express the spatial heterogeneous antecedent catchment conditions. By clustering the leading PCs, we detected large-scale soil moisture patterns which frequently occur before the onset of floods. In winter floods are initiated by overall high soil moisture content whereas in summer the flood initiating soil moisture patterns are diverse and less stable in time. The results underline the importance of large-scale pre-event catchment conditions in flood initiation.

  14. Flood-initiating catchment conditions: a spatio-temporal analysis of large-scale soil moisture patterns in the Elbe River basin

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    Nied, M.; Hundecha, Y.; Merz, B.

    2013-04-01

    Floods are the result of a complex interaction between meteorological event characteristics and pre-event catchment conditions. While the large-scale meteorological conditions have been classified and successfully linked to floods, this is lacking for the large-scale pre-event catchment conditions. Therefore, we propose classifying soil moisture as a key variable of pre-event catchment conditions and investigating the link between soil moisture patterns and flood occurrence in the Elbe River basin. Soil moisture is simulated using a semi-distributed conceptual rainfall-runoff model over the period 1951-2003. Principal component analysis (PCA) and cluster analysis are applied successively to identify days of similar soil moisture patterns. The results show that PCA considerably reduced the dimensionality of the soil moisture data. The first principal component (PC) explains 75.71% of the soil moisture variability and represents the large-scale seasonal wetting and drying. The successive PCs express spatially heterogeneous catchment processes. By clustering the leading PCs, we identify large-scale soil moisture patterns which frequently occur before the onset of floods. In winter, floods are initiated by overall high soil moisture content, whereas in summer the flood-initiating soil moisture patterns are diverse and less stable in time.

  15. Soil Moisture from Altimetry - SMALT

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    Berry, Philippa; Smith, Richard; Salloway, Mark; Lucas, Bruno Manuel; Dinardo, Salvatore; Benveniste, Jérôme

    2013-04-01

    Soil surface moisture is a key scientific parameter; however, it is extremely difficult to measure remotely, particularly in arid and semi-arid terrain. This paper outlines the development of a novel methodology to generate soil moisture estimates in these regions from multi-mission satellite radar altimetry. Key to this approach is the development of detailed DRy Earth ModelS (DREAMS), which encapsulate the detailed and intricate surface brightness variations over the Earth's land surface, resulting from changes in surface roughness and composition. These models are created by cross-calibrating and reconciling multi-mission altimeter sigma0 measurements from ERS-1, ERS-2, EnviSat and Jason-2. This approach is made possible because altimeters are nadir-pointing, and most of the available radar altimeter datasets are from instruments operating in Ku band. These DREAMS are complicated to build and require multiple stages of processing and manual intervention. However, this approach obviates the requirement for detailed ground truth to populate theoretical models, facilitating derivation of surface soil moisture estimates over arid regions, where detailed survey data are generally not available. This paper presents results using the DREAMS over desert surfaces, and showcases the model outcomes over the Arabian and Tenere deserts. A global assessment is presented of areas where DREAMS are currently being generated, and an outline of the required processing to obtain soil surface moisture estimates is given. Results for altimeter derived soil moisture validation with ground truth are presented together with comparisons with other remotely sensed soil estimates. Soil moisture product from ERS-2 radar altimetry in arid regions is presented, and the temporal and spatial resolutions of these data are reported. The results generated by this ESA encouraged initiative will be made freely available to the global scientific community. First products are planned for release within the next few months. Further information can be found at http://tethys.eaprs.cse.dmu.ac.uk/SMALT.

  16. Hydrologic applications of SAR derived soil moisture

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    Engman, Edwin T.

    1992-01-01

    The MACHYDRO-90 was a multi-sensor aircraft campaign conducted to study drainage basin hydrology and the role of soil moisture in defining hydrologic characteristics and patterns. The results from the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) are presented. Data were collected over a period in which the soil conditions changed from dry to wet and then through a drying period which was close to ideal. Radar backscatter data are compared to detailed soil moisture samples taken to define soil moisture gradients within a watershed. The analysis also includes 40-MHz bandwidth SAR data, which provide very high spatial resolution. It is shown these data can be interpreted for hydrology and their application to hydrologic modeling is discussed.

  17. The determination of soil moisture by extraction and gas chromatography

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    Merek, E. L.; Carle, G. C.

    1974-01-01

    Soil moisture content was determined by extracting soil with methanol and subsequently analyzing the extract for water by gas chromatography. With air-dried mineral soils, this method gave slightly higher moisture content values than those obtained by the oven-dry method. Moisture content was determined quantitatively in soils to which various amounts of water had been added. The complete procedure, including extraction and analysis, requires less than one hour and gives results that closely compare to the oven-dry method.

  18. Streamflow Data Assimilation for Soil Moisture Prediction

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    Walker, Jeff

    Streamflow Data Assimilation for Soil Moisture Prediction by Christoph Rüdiger Diplom on archival quality paper ­ #12;#12;Preface Page i Abstract Soil moisture is an important variable in and between the soil and the atmosphere. However, obtaining reliable information on soil moisture is difficult

  19. Contributions of Precipitation and Soil Moisture Observations to the Skill of Soil Moisture Estimates in a Land Data Assimilation System

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    Reichle, Rolf H.; Liu, Qing; Bindlish, Rajat; Cosh, Michael H.; Crow, Wade T.; deJeu, Richard; DeLannoy, Gabrielle J. M.; Huffman, George J.; Jackson, Thomas J.

    2011-01-01

    The contributions of precipitation and soil moisture observations to the skill of soil moisture estimates from a land data assimilation system are assessed. Relative to baseline estimates from the Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA), the study investigates soil moisture skill derived from (i) model forcing corrections based on large-scale, gauge- and satellite-based precipitation observations and (ii) assimilation of surface soil moisture retrievals from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for the Earth Observing System (AMSR-E). Soil moisture skill is measured against in situ observations in the continental United States at 44 single-profile sites within the Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) for which skillful AMSR-E retrievals are available and at four CalVal watersheds with high-quality distributed sensor networks that measure soil moisture at the scale of land model and satellite estimates. The average skill (in terms of the anomaly time series correlation coefficient R) of AMSR-E retrievals is R=0.39 versus SCAN and R=0.53 versus CalVal measurements. The skill of MERRA surface and root-zone soil moisture is R=0.42 and R=0.46, respectively, versus SCAN measurements, and MERRA surface moisture skill is R=0.56 versus CalVal measurements. Adding information from either precipitation observations or soil moisture retrievals increases surface soil moisture skill levels by IDDeltaR=0.06-0.08, and root zone soil moisture skill levels by DeltaR=0.05-0.07. Adding information from both sources increases surface soil moisture skill levels by DeltaR=0.13, and root zone soil moisture skill by DeltaR=0.11, demonstrating that precipitation corrections and assimilation of satellite soil moisture retrievals contribute similar and largely independent amounts of information.

  20. Soil Moisture Retrieval from Aquarius

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    Aquarius observations over land offer an unprecedented opportunity to provide a value-added product, land surface soil moisture, which will contribute to a better understanding of the Earth’s climate and water cycle. Additionally, Aquarius will provide the first spaceborne data that can be used to a...

  1. Soil residue analysis and degradation of saflufenacil as affected by moisture content and soil characteristics

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    The objective of this study was to evaluate saflufenacil degradation and persistence in soils from rice regions under field capacity (non-flooded) and saturated (flooded) conditions. Saflufenacil dissolved in acetonitrile was added into pre-incubated samples at the rate of 2000 g ha-1. The amount of...

  2. Microstrip Ring Resonator for Soil Moisture Measurements

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    Sarabandi, Kamal; Li, Eric S.

    1993-01-01

    Accurate determination of spatial soil moisture distribution and monitoring its temporal variation have a significant impact on the outcomes of hydrologic, ecologic, and climatic models. Development of a successful remote sensing instrument for soil moisture relies on the accurate knowledge of the soil dielectric constant (epsilon(sub soil)) to its moisture content. Two existing methods for measurement of dielectric constant of soil at low and high frequencies are, respectively, the time domain reflectometry and the reflection coefficient measurement using an open-ended coaxial probe. The major shortcoming of these methods is the lack of accurate determination of the imaginary part of epsilon(sub soil). In this paper a microstrip ring resonator is proposed for the accurate measurement of soil dielectric constant. In this technique the microstrip ring resonator is placed in contact with soil medium and the real and imaginary parts of epsilon(sub soil) are determined from the changes in the resonant frequency and the quality factor of the resonator respectively. The solution of the electromagnetic problem is obtained using a hybrid approach based on the method of moments solution of the quasi-static formulation in conjunction with experimental data obtained from reference dielectric samples. Also a simple inversion algorithm for epsilon(sub soil) = epsilon'(sub r) + j(epsilon"(sub r)) based on regression analysis is obtained. It is shown that the wide dynamic range of the measured quantities provides excellent accuracy in the dielectric constant measurement. A prototype microstrip ring resonator at L-band is designed and measurements of soil with different moisture contents are presented and compared with other approaches.

  3. The Temperature in Microwave Soil Moisture Retrieval

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    In the near future two dedicated soil moisture satellites will be launched, the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite and the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite that are expected to contribute to our understanding of the global hydrological cycle. It is well known that microwa...

  4. An integrated GIS application system for soil moisture data assimilation

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    Wang, Di; Shen, Runping; Huang, Xiaolong; Shi, Chunxiang

    2014-11-01

    The gaps in knowledge and existing challenges in precisely describing the land surface process make it critical to represent the massive soil moisture data visually and mine the data for further research.This article introduces a comprehensive soil moisture assimilation data analysis system, which is instructed by tools of C#, IDL, ArcSDE, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2005. The system provides integrated service, management of efficient graphics visualization and analysis of land surface data assimilation. The system is not only able to improve the efficiency of data assimilation management, but also comprehensively integrate the data processing and analysis tools into GIS development environment. So analyzing the soil moisture assimilation data and accomplishing GIS spatial analysis can be realized in the same system. This system provides basic GIS map functions, massive data process and soil moisture products analysis etc. Besides,it takes full advantage of a spatial data engine called ArcSDE to effeciently manage, retrieve and store all kinds of data. In the system, characteristics of temporal and spatial pattern of soil moiture will be plotted. By analyzing the soil moisture impact factors, it is possible to acquire the correlation coefficients between soil moisture value and its every single impact factor. Daily and monthly comparative analysis of soil moisture products among observations, simulation results and assimilations can be made in this system to display the different trends of these products. Furthermore, soil moisture map production function is realized for business application.

  5. A new TDR waveform analysis approach for soil moisture profiling using a single probe

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    Moret, D.; Arrúe, J. L.; López, M. V.; Gracia, R.

    2006-04-01

    Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) has been widely accepted as a reliable technology for the measurement of volumetric water content ( ?) in soils. Here, we present a new procedure for the graphical interpretation of TDR waveforms to determine the variation of the apparent dielectric constant ( K) along a single TDR probe in non-conducting media and its application for profiling the moisture content in soils. The method is based on the influence of K on the reflection coefficient ( ?) and travel time ( t) of the TDR signal along a transmission line. A ?( t) function is initially defined for a length l of 10 cm and plotted together with the TDR waveform for a three-rod probe of length L ( L= nl). The interception point of both lines defines t11 as the reference time to build a second ?( t) line that intercepts the waveform at time t2l. By repeating this process iteratively, a series of ?( t) lines intercepting the TDR trace at times t3 l, t4 l,… and tnl is obtained, making it possible to calculate K for apparent probe lengths equal to l,2l,3l… and nl. To test the consistency of the method, two sand column experiments were conducted with two different TDR probe geometries. A total of 144 values of K were measured during a wetting and draining cycle of the sand column with vertical 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-cm long three-wire uncoated TDR probes (diameter d: 2.8 mm; spacing of the outer conductors s: 32 mm) and 10-, 20-, 40-, and 60-cm long coated TDR probes ( d: 10 mm; s: 80 mm) using the standard double reflection waveform analysis. A satisfactory relationship ( R2=0.99) was found between these K values and those obtained for the same depths by the proposed method applied to the 40- and 60-cm long probes, respectively. In this case, a probe-specific correction factor was used for the different probe geometries. Likewise, an excellent match was found between the ? profiles measured in the sand column applying the new approach to the 60-cm long probe and the ? profiles measured with horizontal probes placed at 10, 20, 30 and 50 cm depth. The results show that the proposed method is sound and suitable for determining the variation of K at fixed intervals along a single probe and therefore for soil water content profiling.

  6. Role of soil moisture in maintaining droughts

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    Sud, Y. C.; Smith, W. E.

    1984-01-01

    The influence of soil moisture on the persistence of an ongoing drought was investigated. The case study of drought of the summer of 1980 was selected. The difference in the simulation of two identical twin runs: one with the climatological normal soil moisture and the other with anomalous soil moisture for drought conditions, were examined on the mean monthly circulation. It is found that a reduction in soil moisture did produce a corresponding reduction in precipitation. The pattern of the rainfall anomaly however, was not identical to the soil moisture (evapotranspiration) anomaly but had a good resemblance with observations.

  7. High-resolution space-time quantification of soil moisture along a hillslope using joint analysis of ground penetrating radar and frequency domain reflectometry data

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    Tran, Anh Phuong; Bogaert, Patrick; Wiaux, François; Vanclooster, Marnik; Lambot, Sébastien

    2015-04-01

    We combined ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and frequency domain reflectometry (FDR) to assess the space-time variability of soil moisture along a hillslope. Time-lapse GPR and FDR measurements were conducted weekly during the period 23/03-08/06/2011 along a cultivated hillslope in the Belgian loam belt. A full-wave GPR model, a soil dielectric mixing model and the Debye equation were combined to directly estimate soil moisture from GPR measurements. Measured GPR data were well reproduced by the full-wave GPR model, resulting in a relatively good agreement between the GPR and FDR-derived soil moisture. Subsequently, we merged the soil moisture obtained from both techniques in a data fusion framework and we investigated its spatial and temporal variability. The results indicate that there was a high correlation between the spatial variability of soil moisture and topography as well as between its temporal variability and rainfall. A temporal stability analysis showed that soil moisture at the footslope is higher and more stable than that at the summits and backslopes. The proposed approach appears to be promising for assessing soil moisture at the hillslope scale with a relatively high space-time resolution.

  8. Estimation of live fuel moisture and soil moisture using satellite remote sensing

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    Hao, Xianjun

    Vegetation and soil are primary terrestrial components of the Earth's surface. Estimation of moisture content in vegetation and soil using remote sensing measurements is very important for fuel management, fire danger assessment, fire behavior analysis, drought monitoring, and climate and weather analyses. Research has been conducted for several years to retrieve live fuel moisture and soil moisture values using either microwave or optical/IR remote sensing measurements. Most existing approaches rely on the identification of empirical relations between fuel/soil moisture and spectral indices. For live fuel moisture retrieval, I investigated the inverse problems of the leaf model PROSPECT, and identified the requirements for leaf parameter inversion using MODIS measurements. I proposed a semi-physical approach for live fuel moisture content estimation through approximate inversion of PROSPECT. Both model simulation and ground validation demonstrated the advantages of my approach over previous approaches using spectral indices. For soil moisture retrieval, I used MODIS optical/IR measurements by applying the universal triangle method with SCAN measurements for Mississippi state. Ground validation demonstrated a good match between MODIS retrieved soil moisture and SCAN measurements. I also investigated the estimation of real-time fuel moisture and soil moisture using MODIS Direct Broadcasting measurements, identified critical components and proposed a systematic approach towards near real-time applications for estimating soil moisture and fuel moisture retrieval. In addition, future studies are also discussed, especially the correction of the BRDF effects in real-time remote sensing measurements, development of soil moisture and fuel moisture algorithm for the next generation sensors, and the cross-sensor data continuity problem.

  9. Influence of soil moisture on soil respiration

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    Fer, Miroslav; Kodesova, Radka; Nikodem, Antonin; Klement, Ales; Jelenova, Klara

    2015-04-01

    The aim of this work was to describe an impact of soil moisture on soil respiration. Study was performed on soil samples from morphologically diverse study site in loess region of Southern Moravia, Czech Republic. The original soil type is Haplic Chernozem, which was due to erosion changed into Regosol (steep parts) and Colluvial soil (base slope and the tributary valley). Soil samples were collected from topsoils at 5 points of the selected elevation transect and also from the parent material (loess). Grab soil samples, undisturbed soil samples (small - 100 cm3, and large - 713 cm3) and undisturbed soil blocks were taken. Basic soil properties were determined on grab soil samples. Small undisturbed soil samples were used to determine the soil water retention curves and the hydraulic conductivity functions using the multiple outflow tests in Tempe cells and a numerical inversion with HYDRUS 1-D. During experiments performed in greenhouse dry large undisturbed soil samples were wetted from below using a kaolin tank and cumulative water inflow due to capillary rise was measured. Simultaneously net CO2 exchange rate and net H2O exchange rate were measured using LCi-SD portable photosynthesis system with Soil Respiration Chamber. Numerical inversion of the measured cumulative capillary rise data using the HYDRUS-1D program was applied to modify selected soil hydraulic parameters for particular conditions and to simulate actual soil water distribution within each soil column in selected times. Undisturbed soil blocks were used to prepare thin soil sections to study soil-pore structure. Results for all soil samples showed that at the beginning of soil samples wetting the CO2 emission increased because of improving condition for microbes' activity. The maximum values were reached for soil column average soil water content between 0.10 and 0.15 cm3/cm3. Next CO2 emission decreased since the pore system starts filling by water (i.e. aggravated conditions for microbes, closing soil gas pathways etc.). In the case of H2O exchange rate, values increased with increasing soil water contents (up to 0.15-0.20 cm3/cm3) and then remained approximately constant. Acknowledgement: Authors acknowledge the financial support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic No. QJ1230319

  10. Innovative sensing techniques and data analysis for characterizing the spatial and temporal dynamics of soil moisture patterns at the hillslope scale

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    Martini, Edoardo; Wollschläger, Ute; Kögler, Simon; Behrens, Thorsten; Dietrich, Peter; Reinstorf, Frido; Schmidt, Karsten; Weiler, Markus; Werban, Ulrike; Zacharias, Steffen

    2015-04-01

    Soil moisture plays a critical role in every hydrological or meteorological model; nevertheless, it is still a great challenge to provide adequate information on soil moisture distribution beyond the point scale. Mobile geophysical methods such as electromagnetic induction (EMI) have been widely used for mapping soil water content at the field scale with high spatial resolution. Recent advances in wireless sensor technology allow monitoring of soil moisture dynamics with high temporal resolution at varying scales. The objective of this study was to characterize the spatio-temporal pattern of soil moisture at the hillslope scale and infer the controlling hydrological processes, integrating well established and innovative sensing techniques, as well as new statistical methods. We combined soil hydrological and pedological expertise with geophysical measurements and methods from digital soil mapping for designing the monitoring setup of a wireless sensor network for a grassland hillslope in the Schäfertal catchment, Central Germany. At the same site, we measured soil apparent electrical conductivity (ECa) using EMI devices. Hypothesizing a wet and a dry soil moisture state to be characteristic of the spatial pattern of soil moisture, we tested a new method of analysis based on the Spearman rank correlation coefficient for describing the spatial and temporal evolution of such patterns. Based on this approach, we described the persistence and switching mechanisms of the two characteristic states, inferring the local properties that control the observed spatial patterns and the hydrological processes driving the transitions. The method showed to provide valuable insight into the persistence of characteristic states of soil moisture and the mechanisms of transition, and to be suitable for highlighting events for which specific hydrological processes occurred. The spatial organization of soil moisture was observed to be controlled by different processes in different soil horizons, with time-varying contribution, and the topsoil's moisture does not mirror processes that take place within the soil profile. The EMI investigation at the Schäfertal site appears to be suitable for mapping soil moisture at times when local soil properties control the spatial distribution of soil moisture, but not when topography has a major control on such pattern. The results will help to improve conceptual understanding for hydrological model studies at similar or smaller scales, and to transfer observation concepts and process understanding to larger or less instrumented areas.

  11. Analysis of spatial variability of near-surface soil moisture to increase rainfall-runoff modelling accuracy in SW Hungary

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    Hegedüs, P.; Czigány, S.; Pirkhoffer, E.; Balatonyi, L.; Hickey, R.

    2015-04-01

    Between September 5, 2008 and September 5, 2009, near-surface soil moisture time series were collected in the northern part of a 1.7 km2 watershed in SWHungary at 14 monitoring locations using a portable TDR-300 soil moisture sensor. The objectives of this study are to increase the accuracy of soil moisture measurement at watershed scale, to improve flood forecasting accuracy, and to optimize soil moisture sensor density. According to our results, in 10 of 13 cases, a strong correlation exists between the measured soil moisture data of Station 5 and all other monitoring stations; Station 5 is considered representative for the entire watershed. Logically, the selection of the location of the representative measurement point(s) is essential for obtaining representative and accurate soil moisture values for the given watershed. This could be done by (i) employing monitoring stations of higher number at the exploratory phase of the monitoring, (ii) mapping soil physical properties at watershed scale, and (iii) running cross-relational statistical analyses on the obtained data. Our findings indicate that increasing the number of soil moisture data points available for interpolation increases the accuracy of watershed-scale soil moisture estimation. The data set used for interpolation (and estimation of mean antecedent soil moisture values) could be improved (thus, having a higher number of data points) by selecting points of similar properties to the measurement points from the DEM and soil databases. By using a higher number of data points for interpolation, both interpolation accuracy and spatial resolution have increased for the measured soil moisture values for the Pósa Valley.

  12. New Approaches for Soil Moisture Analysis over Complex Arctic Environments with PALSAR/ALOS

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    Longépé, N.; Necsoiu, M.; Tadono, T.; Shimada, M.

    2010-12-01

    Frozen ground is a sensitive indicator of how our home planet is changing. In this study, the relevance of L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data for extracting information on frozen ground is presented. Specifically, the study focused on the characterization of a permafrost active layer using polarimetric ALOS PALSAR imagery in two locations in Alaska: the Kobuk river valley and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The adequacy between polarimetric EM model and radar data has been studied for a long time, especially over bare agricultural fields (Oh et al., 1992). The assessment of residual liquid water can be realized by means of a bare soil EM backscattering model. Over natural wild land areas such as the Arctic tundra, new approaches have to be proposed in order to tackle the effect of the vegetation and other irrelevant effects (sensor calibration, multiple scattering terms, etc.). As a result, traditional soil moisture retrieval has shown limited accuracy for operational use, even though promising methods have been recently investigated (Mattia et al., 2006; Verhoest et al., 2007). Two methodologies based on multi-temporal acquisitions are proposed in this study. In regards to the uncertainties of the vegetation effect or other irrelevant mechanisms, a first methodology is proposed in this study. An optimization on the Oh’s weights (Oh, 2004) and full-polarimetric PALSAR data is carried out by using priori information provided by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) onboard the Aqua satellite. By tuning PALSAR data and Oh’s weights, the effects of vegetation are counterbalanced. This method was tested over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The optimization results are found to be in good agreement with theoretical aspects: vegetation induces an increase of cross-polarized channel (anisotropic effect) and a decrease of co-polarized channels (attenuation mechanism). The soil moisture variation can be then retrieved in a consistent manner. The second methodology does not use any priori information from AMSR-E sensor to reduce the uncertainties. Over the second test site, the Kobuk river valley, nine single-polarized HH PALSAR scenes were used, four being acquired during the thawing period and five during the frozen period. Since the soil moisture content during the frozen events is close to zero, the roughness was estimated through the inversion of Oh’s model, assuming also some effects (e.g., Fresnel refraction) due to the overlying snow cover. In this assessment, the uncertainties about the snow densities and the soil moistures were modeled and integrated into the retrieval approach. The retrieved soil roughness and its associated uncertainty estimates based on the data acquired during the frozen season were further used to derive moisture variation during the thawing period.

  13. ALOS PALSAR and UAVSAR Soil Moisture in Field Campaigns

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    As part of our ongoing analysis of L-band radar mapping of soil moisture we are evaluating the role that ALOS PALSAR data can play in the development of radar retrieval algorithms for the future NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite. Differences in configurations must be assessed to det...

  14. Depression of soil moisture freezing point

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    Fedorov, V.I.

    1996-12-01

    Certain criteria for freezing temperature of clay soil have been found which are a relative moisture content at the soil liquid limit (W/W{sub L}) and maximum hydroscopic moisture (W/W{sub h}). On the strength of test data it has been established that the relative moisture content at the soil liquid limit (W/W{sub L}) may also serve as a criterion on compression pressure and resistance against shearing for soil paste with no structural binding. Linear correlation between the moisture content of natural soil and its paste -- the equation of moisture balance -- has been found which specifies a thermodynamic balance condition. The equation of moisture balance represents a whole set of properties for a certain type of soil, such as strength and compressibility. In this respect, it may be considered as a ``Soil equation`` which allows for further prognosis of its properties.

  15. Evaluation of Reanalysis Soil Moisture Simulations Using Updated Chinese Soil Moisture Observations

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    Robock, Alan

    . This new long time series of observed soil moisture will prove valuable for other studies of climate change seasonal changes, the soil plays a role analo- gous to that of the ocean (Shukla and Mintz 1982). This ideaEvaluation of Reanalysis Soil Moisture Simulations Using Updated Chinese Soil Moisture Observations

  16. Soil-moisture sensors and irrigation management

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    This agricultural irrigation seminar will cover the major classes of soil-moisture sensors; their advantages and disadvantages; installing and reading soil-moisture sensors; and using their data for irrigation management. The soil water sensor classes include the resistance sensors (gypsum blocks, g...

  17. Analysis of soil moisture condition under different land uses in the arid region of Horqin sandy land, northern China

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    Niu, C. Y.; Musa, A.; Liu, Y.

    2015-10-01

    Land use plays an important role in controlling spatial and temporal variations of soil moisture by influencing infiltration rates, runoff and evapotranspiration, which is important to crop growth and vegetation restoration in semiarid environments, such as Horqin sandy land in north China. However, few studies have been conducted comparing differences of dynamics of soil water conditions and the responses of soil to infiltration under different land use types in semiarid area. Five different land use types were selected to analyze soil moisture variations in relation to land use patterns during the growing season of 2 years. Results showed that soil moisture condition was affected by different land uses in semi-arid sandy soils. The higher soil moisture content among different land uses was exhibited by the grassland, followed by cropland, poplar land, inter-dunes and shrub land. The temporal variations of soil moisture in different land uses were not always consistent with the rainfall due to the dry sequence. Moreover, soil water at the surface, in the root zone and at the deep soil layer indicated statistical differences for different types of land cover. Meanwhile, temporal variations of soil moisture profile changed with precipitation. However, in the deep soil layer, there was a clear lag in response to precipitation. In addition, seasonal variations of profile soil moisture were classified into two types: increasing and waving types. And the stable soil water layer was at 80-120 cm. Furthermore, the infiltration depth exhibited a positive correlation with precipitation under all land uses. This study provided an insight into the implications for land and agricultural water management in this area.

  18. Analysis of soil moisture condition under different land uses in arid region of Horqin Sandy Land, northern China

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    Niu, C.; Musa, A.; Liu, Y.

    2015-07-01

    Land use plays an important role in controlling spatial and temporal variations of soil moisture by influencing infiltration rates, runoff, and evapotranspiration, which is substantive meaning to crop growth and vegetation restoration in semiarid environments, such as the Horqin Sandy Land in north China. However, few studies have been conducted comparing differences of dynamics of soil water conditions and the responses of soil water to precipitation infiltration under different land use types in this semiarid region. Five different land use types were selected to analyze soil moisture variations in relation to land use patterns during the growing season of two years. Results showed that soil moisture condition was affected by different land uses in semi-arid sandy land. The order of soil moisture (from high to low) among different land uses was grassland, cropland, poplar land, inter-dunes and shrub land. The temporal variations of soil moisture in different land uses were not always consistent with the rainfall due to the dry sequence. Moreover, soil water in surface, root zone and deep soil layer indicated statistical difference for different land covers. Meanwhile, temporal variations of soil moisture profile changed with precipitation. However, in deep soil layer, there was a clear lag in response to precipitation. In addition, seasonal variations of profile soil moisture were classified into two types: increasing and waving types. And the stable soil water layer was at 80-120 cm. Furthermore, the infiltration depth exhibited a positive correlation with precipitation under all land uses. This study provided an insight into the implications for land and agricultural water management in this area.

  19. The contributions of precipitation and soil moisture observations to the skill of soil moisture estimates in a land data assimilation system

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    The contributions of precipitation and soil moisture observations to soil moisture skill in a land data assimilation system are assessed. Relative to baseline estimates from the Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA), the study investigates soil moisture skill derive...

  20. Estimating Surface Soil Moisture in Simulated AVIRIS Spectra

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    Whiting, Michael L.; Li, Lin; Ustin, Susan L.

    2004-01-01

    Soil albedo is influenced by many physical and chemical constituents, with moisture being the most influential on the spectra general shape and albedo (Stoner and Baumgardner, 1981). Without moisture, the intrinsic or matrix reflectance of dissimilar soils varies widely due to differences in surface roughness, particle and aggregate sizes, mineral types, including salts, and organic matter contents. The influence of moisture on soil reflectance can be isolated by comparing similar soils in a study of the effects that small differences in moisture content have on reflectance. However, without prior knowledge of the soil physical and chemical constituents within every pixel, it is nearly impossible to accurately attribute the reflectance variability in an image to moisture or to differences in the physical and chemical constituents in the soil. The effect of moisture on the spectra must be eliminated to use hyperspectral imagery for determining minerals and organic matter abundances of bare agricultural soils. Accurate soil mineral and organic matter abundance maps from air- and space-borne imagery can improve GIS models for precision farming prescription, and managing irrigation and salinity. Better models of soil moisture and reflectance will also improve the selection of soil endmembers for spectral mixture analysis.

  1. Soil moisture variability within remote sensing pixels

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    Charpentier, Michael A.; Groffman, Peter M.

    1992-01-01

    The effects of topography and the level of soil moisture on the variability of soil moisture within remote sensing pixels were assessed during the First ISLSCP Field Experiment (FIFE) during 1987 and 1989. Soil moisture data from flat, sloped, and valley-shaped pixels were obtained over a wide range of moisture conditions. Relative elevation data were obtained for each study area to create digital elevation models with which to quantify topographic variability. Within-pixel soil moisture variability was shown to increase with increased topographic heterogeneity. The flat pixel had significantly lower standard deviations and fewer outlier points than the slope and valley pixels. Most pixel means had a positive skewness, indicating that most pixels will have areas of markedly higher than average soil moisture.

  2. The international soil moisture network: A data hosting facility for global in situ soil moisture measurements

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    In situ measurements of soil moisture are invaluable for calibrating and validating land surface models and satellite-based soil moisture retrievals. In addition, long-term time series of in situ soil moisture measurements themselves can reveal trends in the water cycle related to climate or land co...

  3. Soil Moisture Monitorization Using GNSS Reflected Signals

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    Egido, Alejandro; Caparrini, Marco; Martin, Cristina; Farres, Esteve; Banque, Xavier

    2008-01-01

    The use of GNSS signals as a source of opportunity for remote sensing applications, GNSS-R, has been a research area of interest for more than a decade. One of the possible applications of this technique is soil moisture monitoring. The retrieval of soil moisture with GNSS-R systems is based on the variability of the ground dielectric properties associated to soil moisture. Higher concentrations of water in the soil yield a higher dielectric constant and reflectivity, which incurs in signals that reflect from the Earth surface with higher peak power. Previous investigations have demonstrated the capability of GPS bistatic scatterometers to obtain high enough signal to noise ratios in order to sense small changes in surface reflectivity. Furthermore, these systems present some advantages with respect to others currently used to retrieve soil moisture. Upcoming satellite navigation systems, such as the European Galileo, will represent an excellent source of opportunity for soil moisture remote sensing for vario...

  4. Survey of methods for soil moisture determination

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    Schmugge, T. J.; Jackson, T. J.; Mckim, H. L.

    1979-01-01

    Existing and proposed methods for soil moisture determination are discussed. These include: (1) in situ investigations including gravimetric, nuclear, and electromagnetic techniques; (2) remote sensing approaches that use the reflected solar, thermal infrared, and microwave portions of the electromagnetic spectrum; and (3) soil physics models that track the behavior of water in the soil in response to meteorological inputs (precipitation) and demands (evapotranspiration). The capacities of these approaches to satisfy various user needs for soil moisture information vary from application to application, but a conceptual scheme for merging these approaches into integrated systems to provide soil moisture information is proposed that has the potential for meeting various application requirements.

  5. Electrical methods of determining soil moisture content

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    Silva, L. F.; Schultz, F. V.; Zalusky, J. T.

    1975-01-01

    The electrical permittivity of soils is a useful indicator of soil moisture content. Two methods of determining the permittivity profile in soils are examined. A method due to Becher is found to be inapplicable to this situation. A method of Slichter, however, appears to be feasible. The results of Slichter's method are extended to the proposal of an instrument design that could measure available soil moisture profile (percent available soil moisture as a function of depth) from a surface measurement to an expected resolution of 10 to 20 cm.

  6. Root Zone Soil Moisture Retrieval Using Streamflow and Surface Moisture Data Assimilation in Nested Catchments

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    Walker, Jeff

    Root Zone Soil Moisture Retrieval Using Streamflow and Surface Moisture Data Assimilation in Nested; Remote Sensing; Soil Moisture; Streamflow EXTENDED ABSTRACT Correct knowledge of soil moisture to the control that soil moisture exerts on the latent and sensible heat flux transfer between the land surface

  7. REGULAR ARTICLE Decoupling litter barrier and soil moisture influences

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    Bahn, Volker

    REGULAR ARTICLE Decoupling litter barrier and soil moisture influences on the establishment M. vimineum seeds into forest microhabitats with experimentally varied levels of soil moisture and leaf litter. Results Soil moisture increases M. vimineum germi- nation regardless of leaf litter

  8. Investigation of remote sensing techniques of measuring soil moisture

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    Newton, R. W. (principal investigator); Blanchard, A. J.; Nieber, J. L.; Lascano, R.; Tsang, L.; Vanbavel, C. H. M.

    1981-01-01

    Major activities described include development and evaluation of theoretical models that describe both active and passive microwave sensing of soil moisture, the evaluation of these models for their applicability, the execution of a controlled field experiment during which passive microwave measurements were acquired to validate these models, and evaluation of previously acquired aircraft microwave measurements. The development of a root zone soil water and soil temperature profile model and the calibration and evaluation of gamma ray attenuation probes for measuring soil moisture profiles are considered. The analysis of spatial variability of soil information as related to remote sensing is discussed as well as the implementation of an instrumented field site for acquisition of soil moisture and meteorologic information for use in validating the soil water profile and soil temperature profile models.

  9. Soil moisture variability within remote sensing pixels

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    Charpentier, M.A.; Groffman, P.M. )

    1992-11-30

    This work is part of the First International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP) Field Experiment (FIFE), an international land-surface-atmosphere experiment aimed at improving the way climate models represent energy, water, heat, and carbon exchanges, and improving the utilization of satellite based remote sensing to monitor such parameters. This paper addresses the question of soil moisture variation within the field of view of a remote sensing pixel. Remote sensing is the only practical way to sense soil moisture over large areas, but it is known that there can be large variations of soil moisture within the field of view of a pixel. The difficulty with this is that many processes, such as gas exchange between surface and atmosphere can vary dramatically with moisture content, and a small wet spot, for example, can have a dramatic impact on such processes, and thereby bias remote sensing data results. Here the authors looked at the impact of surface topography on the level of soil moisture, and the interaction of both on the variability of soil moisture sensed by a push broom microwave radiometer (PBMR). In addition the authors looked at the question of whether variations of soil moisture within pixel size areas could be used to assign errors to PBMR generated soil moisture data.

  10. Sensitivity of soil respiration to variability in soil moisture and temperature in a humid tropical forest.

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    Wood, Tana E; Detto, Matteo; Silver, Whendee L

    2013-01-01

    Precipitation and temperature are important drivers of soil respiration. The role of moisture and temperature are generally explored at seasonal or inter-annual timescales; however, significant variability also occurs on hourly to daily time-scales. We used small (1.54 m(2)), throughfall exclusion shelters to evaluate the role soil moisture and temperature as temporal controls on soil CO2 efflux from a humid tropical forest in Puerto Rico. We measured hourly soil CO2 efflux, temperature and moisture in control and exclusion plots (n?=?6) for 6-months. The variance of each time series was analyzed using orthonormal wavelet transformation and Haar-wavelet coherence. We found strong negative coherence between soil moisture and soil respiration in control plots corresponding to a two-day periodicity. Across all plots, there was a significant parabolic relationship between soil moisture and soil CO2 efflux with peak soil respiration occurring at volumetric soil moisture of approximately 0.375 m(3)/m(3). We additionally found a weak positive coherence between CO2 and temperature at longer time-scales and a significant positive relationship between soil temperature and CO2 efflux when the analysis was limited to the control plots. The coherence between CO2 and both temperature and soil moisture were reduced in exclusion plots. The reduced CO2 response to temperature in exclusion plots suggests that the positive effect of temperature on CO2 is constrained by soil moisture availability. PMID:24312508

  11. Moisture Relations of Some Texas Soils

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    Fraps, G. S. (George Stronach)

    1915-01-01

    - -- -- . - - TABLE 15.-GAINS OF MOISTURE IN PERCENTAGE OF THE SOIL. Soil 1956 / Soil 1577 1 2 5 6 7 8 9 10 Lime J 2.. 1 2-. Oft 2.- I Zrf Exc. EXC. I---____ June 29 to July 10.. ..................................... 1 3.02 1.51 .89 .72 1.121 4.55 .61 .83 4... soils haj\\Ting lost less moisture during the dry season, also gained less moisture during tl~e subsequent wet season. This rule does not follow in all cases. For example, in the period end- ing J111y 20, there is a

  12. SMALT - Soil Moisture from Altimetry project

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    Smith, Richard; Benveniste, Jérôme; Dinardo, Salvatore; Lucas, Bruno Manuel; Berry, Philippa; Wagner, Wolfgang; Hahn, Sebastian; Egido, Alejandro

    Soil surface moisture is a key scientific parameter; however, it is extremely difficult to measure remotely, particularly in arid and semi-arid terrain. This paper outlines the development of a novel methodology to generate soil moisture estimates in these regions from multi-mission satellite radar altimetry. Key to this approach is the development of detailed DRy Earth ModelS (DREAMS), which encapsulate the detailed and intricate surface brightness variations over the Earth’s land surface, resulting from changes in surface roughness and composition. DREAMS have been created over a number of arid and semi-arid deserts worldwide to produce historical SMALT timeseries over soil moisture variation. These products are available in two formats - a high resolution track product which utilises the altimeter’s high frequency content alongtrack and a multi-looked 6” gridded product at facilitate easy comparison/integeration with other remote sensing techniques. An overview of the SMALT processing scheme, covering the progression of the data from altimeter sigma0 through to final soil moisture estimate, is included along with example SMALT products. Validation has been performed over a number of deserts by comparing SMALT products with other remote sensing techniques, results of the comparison between SMALT and Metop Warp 5.5 are presented here. Comparisons with other remote sensing techniques have been limited in scope due to differences in the operational aspects of the instruments, the restricted geographical coverage of the DREAMS and the low repeat temporal sampling rate of the altimeter. The potential to expand the SMALT technique into less arid areas has been investigated. Small-scale comparison with in-situ and GNSS-R data obtained by the LEiMON experimental campaign over Tuscany, where historical trends exist within both SMALT and SMC probe datasets. A qualitative analysis of unexpected backscatter characteristics in dedicated dry environments is performed with comparison between Metop ASCAT and altimeter sigma0 over Saharan Africa. Geographical correlated areas of agreement and disagreement corresponding to underlying terrain are identified. SMALT products provide a first order estimation of soil moisture in areas of very dry terrain, where other datasets are limited. Potential to improve and expand the technique has been found, although further work is required to produce products with the same accuracy confidence as more established techniques. The data are made freely available to the scientific community through the website http://tethys.eaprs.cse.dmu.ac.uk/SMALT

  13. Remote sensing of soil moisture using airborne hyperspectral data

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    Finn, Michael P.; Lewis, Mark (David); Bosch, David D.; Giraldo, Mario; Yamamoto, Kristina H.; Sullivan, Dana G.; Kincaid, Russell; Luna, Ronaldo; Allam, Gopala Krishna; Kvien, Craig; Williams, Michael S.

    2011-01-01

    Landscape assessment of soil moisture is critical to understanding the hydrological cycle at the regional scale and in broad-scale studies of biophysical processes affected by global climate changes in temperature and precipitation. Traditional efforts to measure soil moisture have been principally restricted to in situ measurements, so remote sensing techniques are often employed. Hyperspectral sensors with finer spatial resolution and narrow band widths may offer an alternative to traditional multispectral analysis of soil moisture, particularly in landscapes with high spatial heterogeneity. This preliminary research evaluates the ability of remotely sensed hyperspectral data to quantify soil moisture for the Little River Experimental Watershed (LREW), Georgia. An airborne hyperspectral instrument with a short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) sensor was flown in 2005 and 2007 and the results were correlated to in situ soil moisture values. A significant statistical correlation (R 2 value above 0.7 for both sampling dates) for the hyperspectral instrument data and the soil moisture probe data at 5.08 cm (2 inches) was determined. While models for the 20.32 cm (8 inches) and 30.48 cm (12 inches) depths were tested, they were not able to estimate soil moisture to the same degree.

  14. Remote sensing of soil moisture using airborne hyperspectral data

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    Finn, M.; Lewis, M.; Bosch, D.; Giraldo, Mario; Yamamoto, K.; Sullivan, D.; Kincaid, R.; Luna, R.; Allam, G.; Kvien, Craig; Williams, M.

    2011-01-01

    Landscape assessment of soil moisture is critical to understanding the hydrological cycle at the regional scale and in broad-scale studies of biophysical processes affected by global climate changes in temperature and precipitation. Traditional efforts to measure soil moisture have been principally restricted to in situ measurements, so remote sensing techniques are often employed. Hyperspectral sensors with finer spatial resolution and narrow band widths may offer an alternative to traditional multispectral analysis of soil moisture, particularly in landscapes with high spatial heterogeneity. This preliminary research evaluates the ability of remotely sensed hyperspectral data to quantify soil moisture for the Little River Experimental Watershed (LREW), Georgia. An airborne hyperspectral instrument with a short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) sensor was flown in 2005 and 2007 and the results were correlated to in situ soil moisture values. A significant statistical correlation (R2 value above 0.7 for both sampling dates) for the hyperspectral instrument data and the soil moisture probe data at 5.08 cm (2 inches) was determined. While models for the 20.32 cm (8 inches) and 30.48 cm (12 inches) depths were tested, they were not able to estimate soil moisture to the same degree.

  15. Soil moisture monitoring for crop management

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    Boyd, Dale

    2015-07-01

    The 'Risk management through soil moisture monitoring' project has demonstrated the capability of current technology to remotely monitor and communicate real time soil moisture data. The project investigated whether capacitance probes would assist making informed pre- and in-crop decisions. Crop potential and cropping inputs are increasingly being subject to greater instability and uncertainty due to seasonal variability. In a targeted survey of those who received regular correspondence from the Department of Primary Industries it was found that i) 50% of the audience found the information generated relevant for them and less than 10% indicted with was not relevant; ii) 85% have improved their knowledge/ability to assess soil moisture compared to prior to the project, with the most used indicator of soil moisture still being rain fall records; and iii) 100% have indicated they will continue to use some form of the technology to monitor soil moisture levels in the future. It is hoped that continued access to this information will assist informed input decisions. This will minimise inputs in low decile years with a low soil moisture base and maximise yield potential in more favourable conditions based on soil moisture and positive seasonal forecasts

  16. Is the PDO or AMO the climate driver of soil moisture in the Salmon River Basin, Idaho?

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    Crosby, Benjamin T.

    Is the PDO or AMO the climate driver of soil moisture in the Salmon River Basin, Idaho? Chunling indictor, soil moisture plays an important role in characterizing prolonged droughts. The current study/AMO) of soil moisture in the SRB. Using wavelet analysis tools, we found that: 1) soil moisture in both Stanley

  17. Contribution of Soil Moisture Information to Streamflow Prediction in the Snowmelt Season: A Continental-Scale Analysis

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    Reichle, Rolf; Mahanama, Sarith; Koster, Randal; Lettenmaier, Dennis

    2009-01-01

    In areas dominated by winter snowcover, the prediction of streamflow during the snowmelt season may benefit from three pieces of information: (i) the accurate prediction of weather variability (precipitation, etc.) leading up to and during the snowmelt season, (ii) estimates of the amount of snow present during the winter season, and (iii) estimates of the amount of soil moisture underlying the snowpack during the winter season. The importance of accurate meteorological predictions and wintertime snow estimates is obvious. The contribution of soil moisture to streamflow prediction is more subtle yet potentially very important. If the soil is dry below the snowpack, a significant fraction of the snowmelt may be lost to streamflow and potential reservoir storage, since it may infiltrate the soil instead for later evaporation. Such evaporative losses are presumably smaller if the soil below the snowpack is wet. In this paper, we use a state-of-the-art land surface model to quantify the contribution of wintertime snow and soil moisture information -- both together and separately -- to skill in forecasting springtime streamflow. We find that soil moisture information indeed contributes significantly to streamflow prediction skill.

  18. Soil moisture as an indicator of weather extremes Venkat Lakshmi,1

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    Piechota, Thomas C.

    Soil moisture as an indicator of weather extremes Venkat Lakshmi,1 Thomas Piechota,2 Ujjwal Narayan Index against the anomalies of the third layer soil moisture for characterizing droughts and floods. Wavelet and coherency analysis is performed on the soil moisture, river discharge, precipitation and PDSI

  19. Large scale measurements of soil moisture for validation of remotely sensed data: Georgia soil moisture experiment of 2003*

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    Large scale measurements of soil moisture for validation of remotely sensed data: Georgia soil August 2005; accepted 18 August 2005 Abstract A series of soil moisture experiments were conducted of soil moisture and temperature collected during SMEX03 GA. A network of in situ soil moisture

  20. Passive Microwave Soil Moisture Disaggregation radar data and relationship between soil moisture, vegetation and surface temperature

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    Lakshmi, Venkat; Fang, Bin

    2014-05-01

    Soil moisture is an important variable in weather and climate. The passive microwave sensors have provided soil moisture of various spatial resolutions and are available for all-weather conditions, including AMSR-E (Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer- Earth Observing System), AMSR2 (Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2) and SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity). However, the spatial resolution of passive microwave soil moisture product is restricted at tens of kilometers level and needs to be improved. Toward this issue, the SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) is set to be launched in October 2014 will be the first mission to provide L-band radar/radiometer soil moisture retrievals at three resolutions. In this paper we present two distinct methods to obtain higher spatial resolution soil moisture. The first one is use of active radar data to downscale soil moisture obtained by passive radiometers. The SMAP Validation Experiment 2012 (SMAPVEX12) was taken place and provided Passive/Active L-band Sensor (PALS) observations of two along-track resolutions (650 m and 1590 m), as well as ground soil moisture measurements. Consequently the PALS data can be used for disaggregating coarse resolution passive soil moisture retrievals. Based on a change detection theory, the relationships between change in radar backscatter and change in soil moisture at both coarse and fine resolutions are examined and used for calculating high spatial resolution soil moisture from AMSR-E and SMOS. Using SMAPVEX12 ground measurements validates the disaggregation results. The second method is use of the relationship between vegetation and surface temperature to downscale soil moisture obtained from passive radiometers. The physical relationships amongst soil moisture, land surface temperature and vegetation index (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, NDVI), the historic soil moisture data of recent 30 years at 1/8 degree NLDAS (North America Land Data Assimilation Systems) scale were studied and modeled by using the long term records of land surface model and remote sensing products, NLDAS, MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) and AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer). This modeled relationship was then applied to the 1 km MODIS land surface temperature for disaggregating the microwave soil moisture estimates AMSR-E and SMOS in Oklahoma. Two sets of in-situ measurements Oklahoma Mesonet and Little Washita watershed Micronet were used for validating the disaggregated soil moisture.

  1. The soil moisture active passive experiments (SMAPEx): Towards soil moisture retrieval from the SMAP mission

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    NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission, scheduled for launch in 2014, will carry the first combined L-band radar and radiometer system with the objective of mapping near surface soil moisture and freeze/thaw state globally at near-daily time step (2-3 days). SMAP will provide three soil ...

  2. Analysis of field-sampled, in-situ network, and PALS airborne soil moisture observations over SMAPVEX12

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    Adams, J. R.; Berg, A. A.; McNairn, H.; Cosh, M. H.

    2014-12-01

    The Soil Moisture Active Passive Validation Experiment in 2012 (SMAPVEX12) was conducted over an agricultural domain in southern Manitoba, Canada. The purpose of the campaign was to develop ground and airborne datasets for pre-launch validation of SMAP satellite soil moisture retrieval algorithms. Three key soil moisture datasets were collected in support of the campaign objectives: 1) intensive field sampling over (up to) 55 agricultural fields on 17 sampling days; 2) a continuously operated temporary in-situ network (> 30 stations) distributed over the domain; and 3) L-band microwave data from NASA's Passive Active L-band Sensor (PALS) onboard a Twin-Otter aircraft. This presentation addresses whether dense temporary in-situ networks can supplant intensive field-sampling during pre-/post-launch validation campaigns. SMAPVEX12 datasets are examined at the field and aircraft pixel (~800 m) scale, and at the domain scale. Preliminary results demonstrate that, at the field-scale, there is generally limited agreement between a single station and sampled data over its field. Over the duration of the campaign, the majority of temporary soil moisture stations have > 0.04 m3m-3 RMSE with sampled field data, suggesting that a single station has limited representativeness of an agricultural field. Furthermore, the in-situ stations and field-sampled data are compared with PALS generated soil moisture to assess differences in daily RMSE. For wet-periods, both ground datasets provide a comparable RMSE for the PALS estimate. Although for dry-periods, the difference in RMSE between the ground datasets becomes more significant (> 0.04 m3m-3). This is because the field-sampled data exhibit a sharper dry-down than the in-situ station measurements. However, at the domain scale there is strong agreement between the soil moisture datasets. Additional results describe the sources of variability affecting these soil moisture datasets and the statistical number of stations needed to represent the SMAPVEX12 domain. This research is of importance for the efficient allocation of ground resources during remote sensing validation campaigns for soil moisture.

  3. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission

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    Entekhabi, Dara

    The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission is one of the first Earth observation satellites being developed by NASA in response to the National Research Council's Decadal Survey. SMAP will make global measurements of ...

  4. NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory

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    Kellogg, Kent; Thurman, Sam; Edelstein, Wendy; Spencer, Michael; Chen, Gun-Shing; Underwood, Mark; Njoku, Eni; Goodman, Shawn; Jai, Benhan

    2013-01-01

    The SMAP mission will produce high-resolution and accurate global maps of soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state using data from a non-imaging synthetic aperture radar and a radiometer, both operating at L-band.

  5. Soil Moisture Impacts on Convective Precipitation in Oklahoma 

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    Ford, Trenton

    2015-07-24

    Soil moisture is vital to the climate system, as root zone soil moisture has a significant influence on evapotranspiration rates and latent and sensible heat exchange. Through the modification of moisture flux from the ...

  6. Soil moisture at local scale: Measurements and simulations

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    Romano, Nunzio

    2014-08-01

    Soil moisture refers to the water present in the uppermost part of a field soil and is a state variable controlling a wide array of ecological, hydrological, geotechnical, and meteorological processes. The literature on soil moisture is very extensive and is developing so rapidly that it might be considered ambitious to seek to present the state of the art concerning research into this key variable. Even when covering investigations about only one aspect of the problem, there is a risk of some inevitable omission. A specific feature of the present essay, which may make this overview if not comprehensive at least of particular interest, is that the reader is guided through the various traditional and more up-to-date methods by the central thread of techniques developed to measure soil moisture interwoven with applications of modeling tools that exploit the observed datasets. This paper restricts its analysis to the evolution of soil moisture at the local (spatial) scale. Though a somewhat loosely defined term, it is linked here to a characteristic length of the soil volume investigated by the soil moisture sensing probe. After presenting the most common concepts and definitions about the amount of water stored in a certain volume of soil close to the land surface, this paper proceeds to review ground-based methods for monitoring soil moisture and evaluates modeling tools for the analysis of the gathered information in various applications. Concluding remarks address questions of monitoring and modeling of soil moisture at scales larger than the local scale with the related issue of data aggregation. An extensive, but not exhaustive, list of references is provided, enabling the reader to gain further insights into this subject.

  7. Radar for Measuring Soil Moisture Under Vegetation

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    Moghaddam, Mahta; Moller, Delwyn; Rodriguez, Ernesto; Rahmat-Samii, Yahya

    2004-01-01

    A two-frequency, polarimetric, spaceborne synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) system has been proposed for measuring the moisture content of soil as a function of depth, even in the presence of overlying vegetation. These measurements are needed because data on soil moisture under vegetation canopies are not available now and are necessary for completing mathematical models of global energy and water balance with major implications for global variations in weather and climate.

  8. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Soil Moisture Active Passive

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration SMAP Soil Moisture Active Passive Mapping Soil Moisture and Freeze/Thaw State from Space #12;Acknowledgments Soil Moisture Active Passive smap.jpl.nasa.gov Special thanks to all who have worked so hard on the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission

  9. Soil moisture content estimation from passive temperature measurements

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    Halloran, Landon JS; Roshan, Hamid; Rau, Gabriel C.; Cuthbert, Mark O.; Andersen, Martin S.; Acworth, Ian

    2015-04-01

    Natural temperature variations have increasingly been used to study shallow groundwater; however, the vast majority of studies are limited to saturated conditions. Despite the greater complexity of the unsaturated zone due to the non-linear relationships between moisture content and other physical properties (such as effective thermal conductivity and heat capacity), estimating soil moisture from measurements of natural temperature variations is possible. We have developed fundamental relationships between soil moisture and the diel temperature amplitude ratio and phase-shift. Additionally, we have developed fully coupled thermodynamic and hydraulic finite element (FE) models of temperature and soil moisture response to various boundary conditions. The performance of novel inversion techniques based on existing empirical thermal conductivity models has been evaluated with these results. Two significant empirical models of thermal conductivity of unsaturated sediments were integrated into the approach and compared. We performed a sensitivity analysis of our soil moisture model and determined the feasibility of deriving moisture estimates from temperature data by analysing the required measurement precision for the involved parameters. Inversion of the temperature output from the FE models demonstrates the factors, such as homogeneity and rapidly changing boundary conditions, which may limit the performance of unsaturated zone heat tracing, as well as the benefits of the approach. The use of heat to determine soil moisture content offers the advantages of lower cost; applicability to zones of high pore-water salinity, where inductive electromagnetic measurement methods fail; and the option of high spatial resolution or wide coverage when combined with fibre optic temperature sensing.

  10. Surface and Profile Soil Moisture Spatial Analysis During an Excessive Rainfall Period in the Southern Great Plains

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    In this work we analyze the temporal stability of soil moisture content across the 61,000 ha Little Washita River Experimental Watershed (LWREW) and at a field scale of 64 ha as part of the remote sensing Cloud and Land Surface Interaction Campaign (CLASIC07) during June 2007 in south-central Oklaho...

  11. Effect of soil moisture on chlorine deposition.

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    Hearn, John; Eichler, Jeffery; Hare, Christopher; Henley, Michael

    2014-02-28

    The effect of soil moisture on chlorine (Cl(2)) deposition was examined in laboratory chamber experiments at high Cl(2) exposures by measuring the concentration of chloride (Cl(-)) in soil columns. Soil mixtures with varying amounts of clay, sand, and organic matter and with moisture contents up to 20% (w/w) were exposed to ?3×10(4)ppm Cl(2) vapor. For low water content soils, additional water increased the reaction rate as evidenced by higher Cl(-) concentration at higher soil moisture content. Results also showed that the presence of water restricted transport of Cl(2) into the soil columns and caused lower overall deposition of Cl(2) in the top 0.48-cm layer of soil when water filled ?60% or more of the void space in the column. Numerical solutions to partial differential equations of Fick's law of diffusion and a simple rate law for Cl(2) reaction corroborated conclusions derived from the data. For the soil mixtures and conditions of these experiments, moisture content that filled 30-50% of the available void space yielded the maximum amount of Cl(2) deposition in the top 0.48cm of soil. PMID:24434132

  12. Soil Moisture Characterization for Biogenic Emissions Modeling in Texas

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    McGaughey, G.; Sun, Y.; Kimura, Y.; Huang, L.; Fu, R.; McDonald-Buller, E.

    2014-12-01

    The role of isoprene and other biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) in the formation of tropospheric ozone has been recognized as critical for air quality planning in Texas. In the southwestern United States, drought has become a recurring phenomenon and, in addition to other extreme weather events, can impose profound and complex effects on human populations and the environment. Understanding these effects on vegetation and biogenic emissions is important as Texas concurrently faces requirements to achieve and maintain attainment with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone in several large metropolitan areas. This research evaluated the impact of soil moisture through the use of simulated and observational datasets on emissions estimates of isoprene. Soil moisture measurements (e.g., Climate Reference Network, Soil Climate Analysis Network) at limited locations in eastern Texas during 2006-2011 showed spatial and temporal variability associated with environmental drivers such as meteorology and physical soil characteristics; low volumetric soil moisture values (< 0.05 m3/m3) were observed during 2011, a year characterized by all-time record drought over the majority of Texas. Comparisons of soil moisture observations in the upper one meter to predictions from the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS) indicated a tendency towards a dry bias for NLDAS especially at depths greater than 10 cm. The Model of Emissions of Gases and Aerosols from Nature (MEGAN) was used to explore the sensitivity of biogenic emissions estimates to alternative soil moisture representations for year 2011. A range of soil moisture inputs over eastern Texas informed by the observed to simulated comparisons demonstrated that the impact on predicted isoprene emissions was affected by both the soil moisture and specific wilting point datasets employed.

  13. Response of spectral vegetation indices to soil moisture in grasslands and shrublands

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    Zhang, L.; Ji, L.; Wylie, B.K.

    2011-01-01

    The relationships between satellite-derived vegetation indices (VIs) and soil moisture are complicated because of the time lag of the vegetation response to soil moisture. In this study, we used a distributed lag regression model to evaluate the lag responses of VIs to soil moisture for grasslands and shrublands at Soil Climate Analysis Network sites in the central and western United States. We examined the relationships between Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)-derived VIs and soil moisture measurements. The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and Normalized Difference Water Index (NDWI) showed significant lag responses to soil moisture. The lag length varies from 8 to 56 days for NDVI and from 16 to 56 days for NDWI. However, the lag response of NDVI and NDWI to soil moisture varied among the sites. Our study suggests that the lag effect needs to be taken into consideration when the VIs are used to estimate soil moisture. ?? 2011 Taylor & Francis.

  14. Reconciling spatial and temporal soil moisture effects on afternoon rainfall

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    Guillod, Benoit P.; Orlowsky, Boris; Miralles, Diego G.; Teuling, Adriaan J.; Seneviratne, Sonia I.

    2015-01-01

    Soil moisture impacts on precipitation have been strongly debated. Recent observational evidence of afternoon rain falling preferentially over land parcels that are drier than the surrounding areas (negative spatial effect), contrasts with previous reports of a predominant positive temporal effect. However, whether spatial effects relating to soil moisture heterogeneity translate into similar temporal effects remains unknown. Here we show that afternoon precipitation events tend to occur during wet and heterogeneous soil moisture conditions, while being located over comparatively drier patches. Using remote-sensing data and a common analysis framework, spatial and temporal correlations with opposite signs are shown to coexist within the same region and data set. Positive temporal coupling might enhance precipitation persistence, while negative spatial coupling tends to regionally homogenize land surface conditions. Although the apparent positive temporal coupling does not necessarily imply a causal relationship, these results reconcile the notions of moisture recycling with local, spatially negative feedbacks. PMID:25740589

  15. Using Polarimetric SAR Data to Infer Soil Moisture from Surfaces with Varying Subsurface Moisture Profiles

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    Khankhoje, Uday K.; van Zyl, Jakob; Kim, Yunjin; Cwik, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    A time-series approach is used to estimate the moisture content-based on polarimetric SAR data. It is found that under the assumption of constant soil moisture, empirically observed relationships between radar backscatter and moisture are only half as sensitive to moisture as compared to actual radar data. A numerical finite element method is used to calculate the radar backscatter for rough soils with arbitrarily varying soil moisture as a function of depth. Several instance of drying and wetting moisture profiles are considered and the radar backscatter is calculated in each case. Radar backscatter is found to crucially depend on the soil moisture variation in the top half wavelength of soil.

  16. Improving government decision making in response to floods using soil moisture observations from Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) data

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    Escobar, V. M.; Schumann, G.; Torak, L. J.

    2014-12-01

    NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission, due to launch January 2015, will provide global observations of the Earth's surface soil moisture, providing high accuracy, resolution and continuous global coverage. This paper seeks to show how SMAP data can be used in flood applications to improve flood warning/planning operations for the Upper Mississippi River basin. The Mississippi River ranks as the fourth longest and tenth largest river in the world and is noted as one of the most altered rivers in the United States. The Mississippi River has a very long track record of flood events, with the 2011 event being a unique event due to large volumes of snow melt and heavy spring rain in the Upper Mississippi basin. Understanding and modeling these processes and combining them with relevant satellite observations such as soil moisture conditions could help alleviate some of the risk to flooding by identifying when infiltration to soils is cut off causing excessive runoff. The objective of the analysis is to improve our understanding of how satellite-derived soil moisture will impact basin scaled/multi state decision processes linked to emergency planning and preparedness, such as FEMA FloodSMART. Using the snow hydrology model SNOW-17 (NWS) coupled to a large-scale two-dimensional floodplain inundation model LISFLOOD-FP, the study evaluates how different soil moisture states can be captured by satellites to enable a multi-state decision process focused on flood risk and planning. The study develops a scenario that applies historical soil moisture data from past events to monitor basin soil moisture conditions and yields a percent value of the saturation status. Scenario analysis is particularly important for decision makers such as emergency responders and insurers as their operations depend on their ability to gauge and appropriately assess risk. This analysis will enables insurers to develop mitigation strategies and contingency plans for such events.

  17. Application of a soil moisture diagnostic equation for estimating root-zone soil moisture in arid and semi-arid regions

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    Pan, Feifei; Nieswiadomy, Michael; Qian, Shuan

    2015-05-01

    Knowledge of soil moisture in the root zone is critical for crop growth estimation and irrigation scheduling. In this study, a soil moisture diagnostic equation is applied to estimate soil moisture at depths of 0-100 cm (because the majority of crop roots are in the top 100 cm of soil) at four USDA Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) sites in arid and semi-arid regions: TX2105 in northwest Texas, NM2015 and NM2108 in east New Mexico, and AZ2026 in southeast Arizona. At each site, a dataset of 5-6 years of records of daily soil moisture, daily mean air temperature, precipitation and downward solar radiation is compiled and processed. Both the sinusoidal wave function of day of year (DOY) and a linear function of the potential evapotranspiration (PET) are used to approximate the soil moisture loss coefficient. The first four years of data are used to derive the soil moisture loss function and the empirical parameters in the soil moisture diagnostic equation. The derived loss function and empirical parameters are then applied to estimate soil moisture in the last fifth or sixth year at each site. Root mean square errors (RMSEs) of the estimated volumetric soil moistures in five different soil columns (i.e., 5 cm, 10 cm, 20 or 30 cm, 50 cm, and 100 cm) are less than 3.2 (%V/V), and the accuracy of the estimated soil moistures using the sinusoidal soil moisture loss function is slightly better than the PET-based loss functions. In addition to the three advantages of this soil moisture diagnostic equation, i.e., (1) non-cumulative errors in the estimated soil moisture, (2) no regular recalibration is required to correct the cumulative errors, and (3) no numerical iteration and initial moisture inputs are needed since only precipitation data are required, this study also demonstrates that the soil moisture diagnostic equation not only can be used to estimate surface soil moisture, but also the entire root-zone soil moisture.

  18. Soil moisture in sessile oak forest gaps

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    Zagyvainé Kiss, Katalin Anita; Vastag, Viktor; Gribovszki, Zoltán; Kalicz, Péter

    2015-04-01

    By social demands are being promoted the aspects of the natural forest management. In forestry the concept of continuous forest has been an accepted principle also in Hungary since the last decades. The first step from even-aged stand to continuous forest can be the forest regeneration based on gap cutting, so small openings are formed in a forest due to forestry interventions. This new stand structure modifies the hydrological conditions for the regrowth. Without canopy and due to the decreasing amounts of forest litter the interception is less significant so higher amount of precipitation reaching the soil. This research focuses on soil moisture patterns caused by gaps. The spatio-temporal variability of soil water content is measured in gaps and in surrounding sessile oak (Quercus petraea) forest stand. Soil moisture was determined with manual soil moisture meter which use Time-Domain Reflectometry (TDR) technology. The three different sizes gaps (G1: 10m, G2: 20m, G3: 30m) was opened next to Sopron on the Dalos Hill in Hungary. First, it was determined that there is difference in soil moisture between forest stand and gaps. Second, it was defined that how the gap size influences the soil moisture content. To explore the short term variability of soil moisture, two 24-hour (in growing season) and a 48-hour (in dormant season) field campaign were also performed in case of the medium-sized G2 gap along two/four transects. Subdaily changes of soil moisture were performed. The measured soil moisture pattern was compared with the radiation pattern. It was found that the non-illuminated areas were wetter and in the dormant season the subdaily changes cease. According to our measurements, in the gap there is more available water than under the forest stand due to the less evaporation and interception loss. Acknowledgements: The research was supported by TÁMOP-4.2.2.A-11/1/KONV-2012-0004 and AGRARKLIMA.2 VKSZ_12-1-2013-0034.

  19. Advanced microwave soil moisture studies. [Big Sioux River Basin, Iowa

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    Dalsted, K. J.; Harlan, J. C.

    1983-01-01

    Comparisons of low level L-band brightness temperature (TB) and thermal infrared (TIR) data as well as the following data sets: soil map and land cover data; direct soil moisture measurement; and a computer generated contour map were statistically evaluated using regression analysis and linear discriminant analysis. Regression analysis of footprint data shows that statistical groupings of ground variables (soil features and land cover) hold promise for qualitative assessment of soil moisture and for reducing variance within the sampling space. Dry conditions appear to be more conductive to producing meaningful statistics than wet conditions. Regression analysis using field averaged TB and TIR data did not approach the higher sq R values obtained using within-field variations. The linear discriminant analysis indicates some capacity to distinguish categories with the results being somewhat better on a field basis than a footprint basis.

  20. [Soil moisture estimation model based on multiple vegetation index].

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    Wu, Hai-long; Yu, Xin-xiao; Zhang, Zhen-ming; Zhang, Yan

    2014-06-01

    Estimating soil moisture conveniently and exactly is a hot issues in water resource monitoring among agriculture and forestry. Estimating soil moisture based on vegetation index has been recognized and applied widely. 8 vegetation indexes were figured out based on the hyper-spectral data measured by portable spectrometer. The higher correlation indexes among 8 vegetation indexes and surface vegetation temperature were selected by Gray Relative Analysis method (GRA). Then, these selected indexes were analyzed using Multiple Linear Regression to establish soil moisture estimation model based on multiple vegetation indexes, and the model accuracy was evaluated. The accuracy evaluation indicated that the fitting was satisfied and the significance was 0.000 (P < 0.001). High correlation was turned out between estimated and measured soil moisture with R2 reached 0.636 1 and RMSE 2.149 9. This method introduced multiple vegetation indexes into soil water content estimating over micro scale by non-contact measuring method using portable spectrometer. The exact estimation could be an appropriate replacement for remote sensing inversion and direct measurement. The model could estimate soil moisture quickly and accurately, and provide theory and technology reference for water resource management in agriculture and forestry. PMID:25358174

  1. Soil moisture needs in earth sciences

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    Engman, Edwin T.

    1992-01-01

    The author reviews the development of passive and active microwave techniques for measuring soil moisture with respect to how the data may be used. New science programs such as the EOS, the GEWEX Continental-Scale International Project (GCIP) and STORM, a mesoscale meteorology and hydrology project, will have to account for soil moisture either as a storage in water balance computations or as a state variable in-process modeling. The author discusses future soil moisture needs such as frequency of measurement, accuracy, depth, and spatial resolution, as well as the concomitant model development that must proceed concurrently if the development in microwave technology is to have a major impact in these areas.

  2. Radar measurement of soil moisture content

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    Ulaby, F. T.

    1973-01-01

    The effect of soil moisture on the radar backscattering coefficient was investigated by measuring the 4-8 GHz spectral response from two types of bare-soil fields: slightly rough and very rough, in terms of the wavelength. An FM-CW radar system was used to measure the return at 10 frequency points across the 4-8 GHz band, at different look angles, and for all polarization combinations. The results indicate that the radar response to soil moisture content is highly dependent on the surface roughness, microwave frequency, and look angle. The response seems to be linear over the range 15%-30% moisture content for all angles, frequencies, polarizations and surface conditions.

  3. Assessment of SMOS Soil Moisture Retrieval Parameters Using Tau-Omega Algorithms for Soil Moisture Deficit Estimation

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    Srivastava, Prashant K.; Han, Dawei; Rico-Ramirez, Miguel A.; O'Neill, Peggy; Islam, Tanvir; Gupta, Manika

    2014-01-01

    Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) is the latest mission which provides flow of coarse resolution soil moisture data for land applications. However, the efficient retrieval of soil moisture for hydrological applications depends on optimally choosing the soil and vegetation parameters. The first stage of this work involves the evaluation of SMOS Level 2 products and then several approaches for soil moisture retrieval from SMOS brightness temperature are performed to estimate Soil Moisture Deficit (SMD). The most widely applied algorithm i.e. Single channel algorithm (SCA), based on tau-omega is used in this study for the soil moisture retrieval. In tau-omega, the soil moisture is retrieved using the Horizontal (H) polarisation following Hallikainen dielectric model, roughness parameters, Fresnel's equation and estimated Vegetation Optical Depth (tau). The roughness parameters are empirically calibrated using the numerical optimization techniques. Further to explore the improvement in retrieval models, modifications have been incorporated in the algorithms with respect to the sources of the parameters, which include effective temperatures derived from the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) downscaled using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF)-NOAH Land Surface Model and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) land surface temperature (LST) while the s is derived from MODIS Leaf Area Index (LAI). All the evaluations are performed against SMD, which is estimated using the Probability Distributed Model following a careful calibration and validation integrated with sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. The performance obtained after all those changes indicate that SCA-H using WRF-NOAH LSM downscaled ECMWF LST produces an improved performance for SMD estimation at a catchment scale.

  4. Soil moisture-temperature coupling: revisited using remote sensing soil moisture

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    Hirschi, Martin; Mueller, Brigitte; Dorigo, Wouter; Seneviratne, Sonia I.

    2013-04-01

    Hot extremes have been shown to be induced by antecedent soil moisture deficits and drought conditions in several regions (e.g., Mueller and Seneviratne, 2012). While most previous studies on this topic relied on modeling results or precipitation-based soil moisture information (in particular the standardized precipitation index, SPI), we use here a new merged remote sensing (RS) soil moisture product combining data from active and passive microwave sensors to investigate the relation between the number of hot days (NHD) and preceding soil moisture deficits. Overall, the global patterns of soil moisture-NHD correlations from RS data and from SPI as used in previous studies agree relatively well, suggesting that these patterns are partly independent of the chosen dataset. Nonetheless, the strength of the relationship appears underestimated with RS-based soil mois- ture data compared to SPI-based estimates, in particular in previously iden- tified regions of strong soil moisture-temperature coupling. This is mainly due to the fact that the temporal hydrological variability is less pronounced in the RS data than the SPI estimates in these regions, and that pronounced (dry or wet) anomalies appear underestimated. Further, complementary anal- yses with data from the Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS) suggest that the differences between the RS-based soil moisture-NHD and the precipitation-based SPI-NHD coupling estimates are not primarily due to the use of soil moisture instead of SPI, or to the shallow depth of the RS- based soil moisture retrievals. Mueller, B., and S. I. Seneviratne (2012). Hot days induced by precipitation deficits at the global scale. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1204330109.

  5. Statistical properties of soil moisture images revisited

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    Oldak, Anna; Pachepsky, Yakov; Jackson, Thomas J.; Rawls, Walter J.

    2002-01-01

    Data from passive microwave remote sensing with an ESTAR L-band radiometer, deployed on an aircraft, were used to produce soil moisture images over the area of the Little Washita watershed in Oklahoma in 1992. This area was revisited during the Southern Great Plains 1997 Hydrology Experiment. This offered an opportunity to evaluate the time-specificity of the conclusions, relating to scaling of the surface soil moisture, that have been reported for 1992. The objective of this work was to compare scaling properties of soil moisture fields observed in 1992 and 1997. We analyzed one 1992 data set and three 1997 data sets, each covering several days of continuous drydown. Different resolutions were introduced by aggregating the pixels of original 200-m resolution into bigger square cells. Scaling in dependencies on resolution was observed for the variance of moisture content, for the within-cell variance, and for the first six moments about zero, the latter indicating multiscaling. Parameters of the scaling equations differed among four drying periods studied. However, once a scaling dependency on resolution was established in the beginning of a drying period, its shape was maintained during the drydown both in 1992 and 1997. Slopes of the dependencies changed only slightly, whereas the intercepts decreased as the drying progressed. Having constant slopes and intercepts dependent on average area water contents gives an opportunity to reduce the volume of observations needed to predict scaling of surface soil moisture during drydowns.

  6. ESTIMATION OF GROUND WATER RECHARGE USING SOIL MOISTURE BALANCE APPROACH

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    Kumar, C.P.

    ESTIMATION OF GROUND WATER RECHARGE USING SOIL MOISTURE BALANCE APPROACH C. P. Kumar* ABSTRACT is the principal means for replenishment of moisture in the soil water system and recharge to ground water at the upper boundary, the antecedent soil moisture conditions, the water table depth and the soil type

  7. Effects of soil moisture on the diurnal pattern of pesticide emission: Numerical simulation and sensitivity analysis

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    Accurate prediction of pesticide volatilization is important for the protection of human and environmental health. Due to the complexity of the volatilization process, sophisticated predictive models are needed, especially for dry soil conditions. A mathematical model was developed to allow simulati...

  8. Spatial variability of soil moisture retrieved by SMOS satellite

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    Lukowski, Mateusz; Marczewski, Wojciech; Usowicz, Boguslaw; Rojek, Edyta; Slominski, Jan; Lipiec, Jerzy

    2015-04-01

    Standard statistical methods assume that the analysed variables are independent. Since the majority of the processes observed in the nature are continuous in space and time, this assumption introduces a significant limitation for understanding the examined phenomena. In classical approach, valuable information about the locations of examined observations is completely lost. However, there is a branch of statistics, called geostatistics, which is the study of random variables, but taking into account the space where they occur. A common example of so-called "regionalized variable" is soil moisture. Using in situ methods it is difficult to estimate soil moisture distribution because it is often significantly diversified. Thanks to the geostatistical methods, by employing semivariance analysis, it is possible to get the information about the nature of spatial dependences and their lengths. Since the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission launch in 2009, the estimation of soil moisture spatial distribution for regional up to continental scale started to be much easier. In this study, the SMOS L2 data for Central and Eastern Europe were examined. The statistical and geostatistical features of moisture distributions of this area were studied for selected natural soil phenomena for 2010-2014 including: freezing, thawing, rainfalls (wetting), drying and drought. Those soil water "states" were recognized employing ground data from the agro-meteorological network of ground-based stations SWEX and SMUDP2 data from SMOS. After pixel regularization, without any upscaling, the geostatistical methods were applied directly on Discrete Global Grid (15-km resolution) in ISEA 4H9 projection, on which SMOS observations are reported. Analysis of spatial distribution of SMOS soil moisture, carried out for each data set, in most cases did not show significant trends. It was therefore assumed that each of the examined distributions of soil moisture in the adopted scale satisfies ergodicity and quasi-stationarity assumptions, required for geostatistical analysis. The semivariograms examinations revealed that spatial dependences occurring in the surface soil moisture distributions for the selected area were more or less 200 km. The exception was the driest of the studied days, when the spatial correlations of soil moisture were not disturbed for a long time by any rainfall. Spatial correlation length on that day was about 400 km. Because of zonal character of frost, the spatial dependences in the examined surface soil moisture distributions during freezing/thawing found to be disturbed. Probably, the amount of water remains the same, but it is not detected by SMOS, hence analysing dielectric constant instead of soil moisture would be more appropriate. Some spatial relations of soil moisture and freezing distribution with existing maps of soil granulometric fractions and soil specific surface area for Poland have also been found. The work was partially funded under the ELBARA_PD (Penetration Depth) project No. 4000107897/13/NL/KML. ELBARA_PD project is funded by the Government of Poland through an ESA (European Space Agency) Contract under the PECS (Plan for European Cooperating States).

  9. Soil moisture - precipitation feedbacks in observations and models (Invited)

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    Taylor, C.

    2013-12-01

    There is considerable uncertainty about the strength, geographical extent, and even the sign of feedbacks between soil moisture and precipitation. Whilst precipitation trivially increases soil moisture, the impact of soil moisture, via surface fluxes, on convective rainfall is far from straight-forward, and likely depends on space and time scale, soil and synoptic conditions, and the nature of the convection itself. In considering how daytime convection responds to surface fluxes, large-scale models based on convective parameterisations may not necessarily provide reliable depictions, particularly given their long-standing inability to reproduce a realistic diurnal cycle of convection. On the other hand, long-term satellite data provide the potential to establish robust relationships between soil moisture and precipitation across the world, notwithstanding some fundamental weaknesses and uncertainties in the datasets. Here, results from regional and global satellite-based analyses are presented. Globally, using 3-hourly precipitation and daily soil moisture datasets, a methodology has been developed to compare the statistics of antecedent soil moisture in the region of localised afternoon rain events (Taylor et al 2012). Specifically the analysis tests whether there are any significant differences in pre-event soil moisture between rainfall maxima and nearby (50-100km) minima. The results reveal a clear signal across a number of semi-arid regions, most notably North Africa, indicating a preference for afternoon rain over drier soil. Analysis by continent and by climatic zone reveals that this signal (locally a negative feedback) is evident in other continents and climatic zones, but is somewhat weaker. This may be linked to the inherent geographical differences across the world, as detection of a feedback requires water-stressed surfaces coincident with frequent active convective initiations. The differences also reflect the quality and utility of the soil moisture datasets outside of sparsely-vegetated regions. No evidence is found for afternoon convection developing preferentially above locally moister soils. Higher resolution datasets are used to provide a clearer relationship between soil moisture patterns and convective initiation in both the Sahel (Taylor et al 2011) and Europe. The observations indicate a preference for convection to initiate on soil moisture gradients, consistent with many high resolution numerical studies. The ability of models to capture the observed relationships between soil moisture and rainfall in the Sahel has been evaluated. This focuses on models run at different resolutions, and with convective parameterisations switched on or off, and highlights issues associated with the parameterisation of convection. Taylor, C.M., Gounou, A., Guichard, F., Harris, P.P., Ellis, R.J.,Couvreux, F., and M. De Kauwe. 2011, Frequency of Sahelian storm initiation enhanced over mesoscale soil-moisture patterns, Nature Geoscience, 4, 430-433, doi:10.1038/ngeo1173 Taylor, C.M., de Jeu, R.A.M., Guichard, F., Harris, P.P, and W.A. Dorigo. 2012, Afternoon rain more likely over drier soils, Nature, 489, 423-426, doi:10.1038/nature11377

  10. An Investigation of Soil Moisture Dynamics Using FLUXNET Data

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    Miller, G. R.; Baldocchi, D. D.

    2005-12-01

    Soil moisture data, obtained from four FLUXNET sites in the US, were examined using an ecohydrological framework. Sites were selected for the analysis to provide a range of plant functional type, climate, and soil grain size distribution. Data at a selected site included at least two years of measurements of volumetric soil water content, air temperature, precipitation, atmospheric pressure, net radiation, and latent heat flux. The Rosetta database program, based on pedo-transfer functions, was used to generate water retention curves from site soil grain size distributions. Using these curves and plant parameters found in the literature, ranges for each critical soil moisture point were determined. For all sites, the hydroscopic point (Sh) and wilting point (Sw) had the smallest range, while more uncertainty was associated with the stress point (S*) and field content (Sfc). Soil moisture trends revealed the importance of measuring water content at several depths throughout the rooting zone; soil moisture at the surface (above 10 cm) was around 20 to 30 percent less than that at 50 to 60 cm. Frequently, the surface soil moisture would fall below Sw while remaining between S* and Sw at deeper intervals. While daily variability of soil moisture was high due to the timing of precipitation events, yearly variability was lower than anticipated. However, a broader range of years should be examined to confirm this finding. A steady state soil moisture dynamics model was used to generate soil moisture probability density functions (pdfs) at each site. The model was altered to accommodate the year-round growing seasons at two of the sites, a compromise between a fully transient model and the typical steady state model. The modeled pdfs were then compared to histograms generated from the measured data. Model accuracy depended heavily on proper parameter selection. Most parameters could be found using available FLUXNET data for the site, however, S* and Sfc were not known with sufficient certainty. A simple inversion technique was used to find these parameters and calibrate the model. The inversion results demonstrated that the commonly used soil matric potential values for finding S* and Sfc may not be appropriate.

  11. Estimating rootzone soil moisture by assimilating both microwave based surface soil moisture and thermal based soil moisture proxy observations

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    A number of synthetic data assimilation experiments are carried out at the USDA Economic and Environmental Enhancement (OPE3) site in Beltsville, Maryland. As a first case, only surface soil moisture retrievals are assimilated into a land surface model using the Ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF). This...

  12. Impact of Soil Moisture Initialization on Seasonal Weather Prediction

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    Koster, Randal D.; Suarez, Max J.; Houser, Paul (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The potential role of soil moisture initialization in seasonal forecasting is illustrated through ensembles of simulations with the NASA Seasonal-to-Interannual Prediction Project (NSIPP) model. For each boreal summer during 1997-2001, we generated two 16-member ensembles of 3-month simulations. The first, "AMIP-style" ensemble establishes the degree to which a perfect prediction of SSTs would contribute to the seasonal prediction of precipitation and temperature over continents. The second ensemble is identical to the first, except that the land surface is also initialized with "realistic" soil moisture contents through the continuous prior application (within GCM simulations leading up to the start of the forecast period) of a daily observational precipitation data set and the associated avoidance of model drift through the scaling of all surface prognostic variables. A comparison of the two ensembles shows that soil moisture initialization has a statistically significant impact on summertime precipitation and temperature over only a handful of continental regions. These regions agree, to first order, with regions that satisfy three conditions: (1) a tendency toward large initial soil moisture anomalies, (2) a strong sensitivity of evaporation to soil moisture, and (3) a strong sensitivity of precipitation to evaporation. The degree to which the initialization improves forecasts relative to observations is mixed, reflecting a critical need for the continued development of model parameterizations and data analysis strategies.

  13. Microwave radiometer measurements of soil moisture content

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    Newton, R. W.; Rouse, J. W., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    A unique set of radiometer measurements is presented, recorded during a 1000-h day and night monitoring of irrigated fields from fully saturated to completely dry. Radiometer measurements were recorded at 2.8-cm (X-band) and 21.4-cm (L-band) wavelengths for a range of incident angles from nadir to 50 deg. Soil moisture and soil temperature profile measurements were recorded to a depth of 15 cm. The test site was located in east-central Texas on a clay soil (Miller clay). Three bare-surface plots were used, each having a distinctly different surface roughness. Vegetated plots were also measured. The data quantify the sensitivity of microwave radiometer measurements to soil moisture variations, the effect of surface roughness on the measurement, and the influence of surface vegetation.

  14. Minimizing the Impact of Measurement Uncertainty in Predicting Profile Soil Moisture from Noisy Surface Measurements

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    Kornelsen, K. C.; Paulin, C. D.

    2012-12-01

    Soil moisture is an important hydrological state variable which influences the partition between infiltration and runoff, provides thermal inertia in the climate system and strongly influences the distribution of vegetation. Unfortunately, accounting for the high space-time variability of soil moisture resulting from the inherent heterogeneity of soil, topography and land cover is still a weakness in many hydrological models. This limitation can be partially overcome with recent technological advances, such as the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission and the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer- EOS (AMSR-E) soil moisture products. SMOS and AMSR-E have allowed for operational observations of coarse scale distributed soil moisture in the top 5cm of soil with a realized accuracy between 0.03 and 0.10 cm3cm-3. Despite these advances, a gap in the data still exists with respect to soil moisture in the root zone, which is more strongly related to many hydrological processes than surface soil moisture. The shallow penetration and uncertain nature of satellite soil moisture measurements gives rise to a requirement for methods to extrapolate profile soil moisture from uncertain surface soil moisture measurements. The extension of surface soil moisture into the root zone is typically accomplished through the assimilation of surface soil moisture into a hydrological model, where the covariance matrix and model physics update the soil profile. Artificial neural networks provide an efficient alternative to classical model data assimilation and can provide robust estimates of root zone soil moisture based on high-order non-linear data interactions. The presented research will contrast rootzone soil moisture predicted from feed forward neural networks, a numerical Richards equation model (HYDRUS-1D) and the prior models with assimilated noisy surface measurements using the Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF). A sensitivity analysis reveals that artificial neural networks are less impacted by uncertain surface measurements than model predictions and data assimilation minimizes the impact of all soil moisture extension methods at all levels of uncertainty. Artificial neural networks also have a run time advantage over a comparable model method by predicting soil moisture in a time span which is an order of magnitude faster than the model. Due to the importance of root zone soil moisture in bio-hydro-meteorological cycles, it is expected that accurate estimates of profile soil moisture will enhance energy flux and runoff partitioning in future hydrological applications.

  15. Information and Complexity Measures Applied to Observed and Simulated Soil Moisture Time Series

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    Time series of soil moisture-related parameters provides important insights in functioning of soil water systems. Analysis of patterns within these time series has been used in several studies. The objective of this work was to compare patterns in observed and simulated soil moisture contents to u...

  16. SOIL MOISTURE EXPERIMENTS 2003 (SMEX03)

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    A series of large-scale soil moisture field experiments have been conducted over the past decade. These have been successful at addressing a broad range of science question, focusing technology development and demonstration, and providing educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate studen...

  17. SOIL MOISTURE EXPERIMENTS IN 2002 AND 2003

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    Soil moisture field experiments have been very successful at addressing a broad range of science question, focusing technology development and demonstration, and providing educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. The data have been used in studies that went well beyond the a...

  18. SMAP validation of soil moisture products

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    The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite will be launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in October 2014. SMAP will also incorporate a rigorous calibration and validation program that will support algorithm refinement and provide users with information on the accuracy ...

  19. Soil Moisture From Satellite Radar Altimetry (SMALT)

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    Smith, R. G.; Salloway, M. K.; Berry, P. A. M.; Dowson, M.; Hahn, S.; Wagner, W.; Egibo, A.; Benveniste, J.

    2013-12-01

    Soil surface moisture is a key scientific parameter; however, it is extremely difficult to measure remotely, particularly in arid and semi-arid terrain. This paper outlines the development of a novel methodology to generate soil moisture estimates in these regions from multi-mission satellite radar altimetry. Key to this approach is the development of detailed DRy Earth ModelS (DREAMS), which encapsulate the detailed and intricate surface brightness variations over the Earth's land surface, resulting from changes in surface roughness and composition. These DREAMS are complicated to build and require multiple stages of processing and manual intervention. However, this approach obviates the requirement for detailed ground truth to populate theoretical models, facilitating derivation of surface soil moisture estimates over arid regions, where detailed survey data are generally not available. DREAMS have been produced over a number of deserts worldwide and a selection are presented in this paper. An overview of the SMALT processing scheme, covering the progression of the data from altimeter sigma0 through to final soil moisture estimate, is included along with example SMALT products. In order to validate these products comparisons with other remote sensing techniques and in-situ data have been performed over a number of desert regions. SMALT products are made freely available to the scientific community through the website http://tethys.eaprs.cse.dmu.ac.uk/SMALT

  20. Soil moisture ground truth, Lafayette, Indiana, site; St. Charles Missouri, site; Centralia, Missouri, site

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    Jones, E. B.

    1975-01-01

    The soil moisture ground-truth measurements and ground-cover descriptions taken at three soil moisture survey sites located near Lafayette, Indiana; St. Charles, Missouri; and Centralia, Missouri are given. The data were taken on November 10, 1975, in connection with airborne remote sensing missions being flown by the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan under the auspices of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Emphasis was placed on the soil moisture in bare fields. Soil moisture was sampled in the top 0 to 1 in. and 0 to 6 in. by means of a soil sampling push tube. These samples were then placed in plastic bags and awaited gravimetric analysis.

  1. Plan of research for integrated soil moisture studies. Recommendations of the Soil Moisture Working Group

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    1980-01-01

    Soil moisture information is a potentially powerful tool for applications in agriculture, water resources, and climate. At present, it is difficult for users of this information to clearly define their needs in terms of accuracy, resolution and frequency because of the current sparsity of data. A plan is described for defining and conducting an integrated and coordinated research effort to develop and refine remote sensing techniques which will determine spatial and temporal variations of soil moisture and to utilize soil moisture information in support of agricultural, water resources, and climate applications. The soil moisture requirements of these three different application areas were reviewed in relation to each other so that one plan covering the three areas could be formulated. Four subgroups were established to write and compile the plan, namely models, ground-based studies, aircraft experiments, and spacecraft missions.

  2. Estimates of monthly mean soil moisture for 1979-1989

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    Schemm, J.; Schubert, S.; Terry, J.; Bloom, S.

    1992-01-01

    This technical report presents estimated monthly mean global soil moisture distributions for 1979-1989. The soil moisture datasets were prepared as part of the boundary conditions for an atmospheric general circulation model (GEOS-1). Also included are the 11-year averages of monthly mean soil moisture, surface air temperature, monthly total precipitation, evapotranspiration, and potential evapotranspiration. The standard deviation of the monthly mean soil moisture is provided as a measure of year-to-year variability.

  3. Continental-scale evaluation of remotely sensed soil moisture products

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    A new data assimilation-based approach for the continental-scale evaluation of remotely sensed surface soil moisture retrievals is applied to four separate soil moisture products over the contiguous United States (CONUS). The approach is based on quantifying the ability of a given soil moisture pro...

  4. Validation of Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer Soil Moisture Products

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    Validation is an important and particularly challenging task for remote sensing of soil moisture. The key issue in the validation of soil moisture products is the disparity in spatial scales between satellite and in situ observations. Conventional measurements of soil moisture are made at a point wh...

  5. Soil moisture inferences from thermal infrared measurements of vegetation temperatures

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    Jackson, R. D. (principal investigator)

    1981-01-01

    Thermal infrared measurements of wheat (Triticum durum) canopy temperatures were used in a crop water stress index to infer root zone soil moisture. Results indicated that one time plant temperature measurement cannot produce precise estimates of root zone soil moisture due to complicating plant factors. Plant temperature measurements do yield useful qualitative information concerning soil moisture and plant condition.

  6. SOIL MOISTURE ESTIMATION USING REMOTE SENSING Jeffrey Walker1

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    Walker, Jeff

    SOIL MOISTURE ESTIMATION USING REMOTE SENSING Jeffrey Walker1 and Paul Houser2 1 Lecturer, Dept Sciences Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, USA Abstract Knowledge of soil moisture high spatial and temporal variability. To overcome the land surface model limits on soil moisture

  7. Scaled spatial variability of soil moisture fields Minha Choi,1

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    Scaled spatial variability of soil moisture fields Minha Choi,1 Jennifer M. Jacobs,2 and Michael H January 2007. [1] This study identifies soil moisture spatial variability patterns using measurements profile) from 18 different soil moisture field experiments. The spatial variability patterns are well

  8. HIGH-RESOLUTION SOIL MOISTURE MAPPING IN AFGHANISTAN

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    Borchers, Brian

    1 HIGH-RESOLUTION SOIL MOISTURE MAPPING IN AFGHANISTAN Jan M.H. Hendrickx1 , J. Bruce J. Harrison, Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199 ABSTRACT Soil moisture conditions have an impact upon virtually all aspects of Army activities and are increasingly affecting its systems and operations. Soil moisture conditions affect

  9. MEASUREMENT OF SOIL MOISTURE WITH SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR1

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    Kerekes, John

    MEASUREMENT OF SOIL MOISTURE WITH SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR1 J. P. Kerekes and S. C. Crocker Lincoln the use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data in the measurement of soil moisture content in small area of soil moisture contentover small areas at various subsurface depths and under three surface cover

  10. Application of the Preisach model in soil-moisture hysteresis

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    Schellekens, Michel P.

    Application of the Preisach model in soil-moisture hysteresis Denis Flynn, Hugh McNamara, Philip O- teresis effects in the relation between water retention and soil-moisture ten- sion. Special, one parameter, classes of Preisach operators are proposed to construct models of the soil-moisture hysteresis

  11. Influences of soil moisture and vegetation on convective precipitation forecasts

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    Robock, Alan

    Influences of soil moisture and vegetation on convective precipitation forecasts over the United National Laboratory, Upton, New York, USA Abstract This study investigates the influences of soil moisture (NARR) data were used as initial and boundary conditions. We also used an adjusted soil moisture

  12. Australian Root Zone Soil Moisture: Assimilation of Remote Sensing Observations

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    Walker, Jeff

    Australian Root Zone Soil Moisture: Assimilation of Remote Sensing Observations J.P. Walkera , N of temporal and spatial variation in root zone soil moisture content across Australia is vital for a wide centimetres at most. While soil moisture measurements for such a thin surface layer are not very useful

  13. Microwave soil moisture estimation in humid and semiarid watersheds

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    O'Neill, P. E.; Jackson, T. J.; Chauhan, N. S.; Seyfried, M. S.

    1993-01-01

    Land surface hydrologic-atmospheric interactions in humid and semi-arid watersheds were investigated. Active and passive microwave sensors were used to estimate the spatial and temporal distribution of soil moisture at the catchment scale in four areas. Results are presented and discussed. The eventual use of this information in the analysis and prediction of associated hydrologic processes is examined.

  14. Analysis of ASAR Wide Swath Mode time series for the retrieval of soil moisture in mountainous areas

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    Greifeneder, Felix; Notarnicola, Claudia; Cuozzo, Giovanni; Spindler, Nadine; Bertoldi, Giacomo; Della Chiesa, Stefano; Niedrist, Georg; Stamenkovic, Jelena; Wagner, Wolgang

    2014-05-01

    Soil moisture is a key element in the global cycles of water, energy, and carbon. Knowledge on the spatial and temporal distribution of the soil moisture content (SMC) is therefore essential for a number of hydrological applications as well as earth sciences like meteorology or climatology (Heathman et al., 2003). In the last few years there has been an increasing interest towards the estimation of SMC at local scales using active microwave sensors (Barret et al., 2009). Compared to passive microwave sensors, SAR offers the potential to provide data at high spatial resolution (modern sensors can acquire images with up to approximately 1 m), which is particularly important in mountainous areas. So far, these areas have been considered only marginally in research and only pioneer studies can be found in the literature (Brocca et al., 2012; Bertoldi et al. 2013). In this work we analyzed the temporal and spatial dynamics of the surface SMC (0 - 5 cm depth) on the basis of ground data collected by fixed meteorological stations located in the emerging Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site Mazia Valley (Province of Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy), SAR data from ENVISATs ASAR sensor, wide swath (WS) mode (acquired between 2005 and 2012), and SMC estimates from the hydrological model GEOtop (Endrizzi et al., 2013). The SMC retrieval process was based on the support vector regression (SVR) method introduced by Pasolli et al. (2011). The training of the algorithm was based on data acquired in 2010. Furthermore, the SAR backscatter and derived SMC have been compared with time-series derived from the distributed hydrological model GEOtop. The differences in terms of temporal and spatial dynamic have been analyzed. The main goal of this work is to evaluate the spatial and temporal patterns of SAR derived SMC at field scale and to correlate them with ground information. This is a preparatory study to establish a methodology for the retrieval of SMC with high spatial and temporal sampling and to improve retrieval accuracies by integrating temporal information from different sources of ancillary data and from SAR time-series. It was found that the dynamics of both, temporal and spatial SMC patterns obtained from various data sources (ASAR, GEOtop and meteorological stations), show a similar general temporal behaviour that indicates the robustness of the retrieval algorithm with ASAR WS. However, depending on land cover, soil type and local topographic conditions different spatial patters can be found between SMC estimations coming from ASAR and from the GEOtop model. Introducing information on the temporal behaviour of the SAR signal proves to be a promising method for increasing the confidence and accuracy in estimating SMC, complementing hydrological model predictions. Following steps were identified as critical for the retrieval process: the topographic correction and geocoding of SAR data and the calibration of the meteorological stations. Both factors can have significant influence on the quality of SMC estimation. The accuracy of meteorological input and soil parameterization were identified as the most crucial challenges for SMC derived from hydrological modeling. References Barrett, B. W., E. Dwyer, and P. Whelan. "Soil moisture retrieval from active spaceborne microwave observations: An evaluation of current techniques." Remote Sensing 1, no. 3 (2009): 210-242. Bertoldi, G., S. Della Chiesa, C. Notarnicola, L. Pasolli, G. Niedrist, and U. Tappeiner. "Estimation of soil moisture patterns in mountain grasslands by means of SAR RADARSAT 2 images and hydrological modeling." Journal of Hydrology (2014). under revision. Brocca, L., A. Tarpanelli, T. Moramarco, F. Melone, S. M. Ratto, M. Cauduro, S. Ferraris et al. "Soil Moisture Estimation in Alpine Catchments through Modeling and Satellite Observations." Vadose Zone Journal (2013). Endrizzi, S., S. Gruber, M. Dall'Amico, and R. Rigon. "GEOtop 2.0: simulating the combined energy and water balance at and below the land surface accounting for soil fr

  15. Investigating soil controls on soil moisture spatial variability: Numerical simulations and field observations

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    Wang, Tiejun; Franz, Trenton E.; Zlotnik, Vitaly A.; You, Jinsheng; Shulski, Martha D.

    2015-05-01

    Due to its complex interactions with various processes and factors, soil moisture exhibits significant spatial variability across different spatial scales. In this study, a modeling approach and field observations were used to examine the soil control on the relationship between mean (? bar) and standard deviation (??) of soil moisture content. For the numerical experiments, a 1-D vadose zone model along with van Genuchten parameters generated by pedotransfer functions was used for simulating soil moisture dynamics under different climate and surface conditions. To force the model, hydrometeorological and physiological data that spanned over three years from five research sites within the continental US were used. The modeling results showed that under bare surface conditions, different forms of the ? bar -?? relationship as observed in experimental studies were produced. For finer soils, a positive ? bar -?? relationship gradually changed to an upward convex and a negative one from arid to humid conditions; whereas, a positive relationship existed for coarser soils, regardless of climatic conditions. The maximum ?? for finer soils was larger under semiarid conditions than under arid and humid conditions, while the maximum ?? for coarser soils increased with increasing precipitation. Moreover, vegetation tended to reduce ? bar and ??, and thus affected the ? bar -?? relationship. A sensitivity analysis was also conducted to examine the controls of different van Genuchten parameters on the ? bar -?? relationship under bare surface conditions. It was found that the residual soil moisture content mainly affected ?? under dry conditions, while the saturated soil moisture content and the saturated hydraulic conductivity largely controlled ?? under wet conditions. Importantly, the upward convex ? bar -?? relationship was mostly caused by the shape factor n that accounts for pore size distribution. Finally, measured soil moisture data from a semiarid region were retrieved from the Automated Weather Data Network. The observed moisture data showed that based on soil texture, a positive ? bar -?? relationship existed for sandy soils, while an upward convex one was observed for silty soils. The difference in the observed ? bar -sigma? relationship can be attributed to the differences in water holding capacities between sand and silt, which is consistent with the modeling results. The field data also revealed that increasing spatial variability in soil texture led to increased variability in soil moisture (e.g., the maximum ??). Therefore, the effect of soil texture for verifying remotely sensed soil moisture products should be considered.

  16. Preliminary assessment of soil moisture over vegetation

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    Carlson, T. N.

    1986-01-01

    Modeling of surface energy fluxes was combined with in-situ measurement of surface parameters, specifically the surface sensible heat flux and the substrate soil moisture. A vegetation component was incorporated in the atmospheric/substrate model and subsequently showed that fluxes over vegetation can be very much different than those over bare soil for a given surface-air temperature difference. The temperature signatures measured by a satellite or airborne radiometer should be interpreted in conjunction with surface measurements of modeled parameters. Paradoxically, analyses of the large-scale distribution of soil moisture availability shows that there is a very high correlation between antecedent precipitation and inferred surface moisture availability, even when no specific vegetation parameterization is used in the boundary layer model. Preparatory work was begun in streamlining the present boundary layer model, developing better algorithms for relating surface temperatures to substrate moisture, preparing for participation in the French HAPEX experiment, and analyzing aircraft microwave and radiometric surface temperature data for the 1983 French Beauce experiments.

  17. Tree Species Specific Soil Moisture Patterns and Dynamics

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    Heidbuechel, I.; Dreibrodt, J.; Guntner, A.; Blume, T.

    2014-12-01

    Land use has a major influence on the hydrologic processes that take place in soils. Soil compaction on pastures for example leads to infiltration patterns that differ considerably from the ones observable in forests. It is not clear, however, how different forest stands influence soil infiltration and soil moisture distributions. Factors that that vary amongst different stands and potentially affect soil moisture processes in forests are, amongst others, canopy density, throughfall patterns, the intensity and frequency of stem flow, litter type, root distributions and rooting depth. To investigate how different tree species influence the way soils partition, store and conduct incoming precipitation we selected 15 locations under different tree stands within the TERENO observatory in north-east Germany. The forest stands under investigation were mature oak, young pine, mature pine, young beech and mature beech. At each location we installed 30 FDR soil moisture sensors grouped into five depth profiles (monitoring soil moisture from 10 cm to 200 cm) and 5 additional near surface sensors. The profile locations within each forest stand covered most of the anticipated variability by ranging from minimum to maximum distance to the trees including locations under more and less dense canopy. Supplementary to the FDR sensors, throughfall measurements, tensiometers and groundwater data were available to observe dynamics of tree water availability, water fluxes within the soils and percolation towards the groundwater. To identify patterns in space and time we referred to the statistical methods of wavelet analysis and temporal stability analysis. Finally, we tried to link the results from these analyses to specific hydrologic processes at the different locations.

  18. Application of triple collocation for the ground-based validation of soil moisture active/passive (SMAP) soil moisture products

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    The contrast in horizontal spatial support between ground-based soil moisture observations and satellite-derived soil moisture estimates represents a long-standing challenge for the validation of satellite soil moisture data products [Crow et al., 2014]. This challenge can be alleviated by limiting ...

  19. Improving Estimates of Root-zone Soil Water Content Using Soil Hydrologic Properties and Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture

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    Baldwin, D. C.; Miller, D. A.; Singha, K.; Davis, K. J.; Smithwick, E. A.

    2013-12-01

    Newly defined relationships between remotely sensed soil moisture and soil hydraulic parameters were used to develop fine-scale (100 m) maps of root-zone soil moisture (RZSM) content at the regional scale on a daily time-step. There are several key outcomes from our research: (1) the first multi-layer regional dataset of soil hydraulic parameters developed from gSSURGO data for hydrologic modeling efforts in the Chequemegon Ecosystem Atmospheric Study (ChEAS) region, (2) the operation and calibration of a new model for estimating soil moisture flow through the root-zone at eddy covariance towers across the U.S. using remotely sensed active and passive soil moisture products, and (3) region-wide maps of estimated root-zone soil moisture content. The project links soil geophysical analytical approaches (pedotransfer functions) to new applications in remote sensing of soil moisture that detect surface moisture (~5 cm depth). We answer two key questions in soil moisture observation and prediction: (1) How do soil hydrologic properties of U.S. soil types quantitatively relate to surface-to-subsurface water loss? And (2) Does incorporation of fine-scale soil hydrologic parameters with remotely sensed soil moisture data provide improved hindcasts of in situ RZSM content? The project meets several critical research needs in estimation of soil moisture from remote sensing. First, soil moisture is known to vary spatially with soil texture and soil hydraulic properties that do not align well with the spatial resolution of current remote sensing products of soil moisture (~ 50 km2). To address this, we leveraged new advances in gridded soil parameter information (gSSURGO) together with existing remotely sensed estimates of surface soil moisture into a newly emerging semi-empirical modeling approach called SMAR (Soil Moisture Analytical Relationship). The SMAR model was calibrated and cross-validated using existing soil moisture data from a portion of AMERIFLUX tower sites and the NRCS Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN). Our preliminary results show good performance of the SMAR model for predicting RZSM at the site level (root mean square error = 0.04). Second, a calibrated SMAR parameter governing the surface to subsurface rate of water flow was related to soil hydraulic properties at the AMERIFLUX tower sites, and region-wide maps of SMAR parameters were developed for the ChEAS region using gSSURGO information. Finally, region-wide maps of RZSM were developed and validated for the ChEAS region. The RZSM products can be directly incorporated with regional CO2 flux modeling, and the results inform - but are not dependent on - efforts that integrate observed soil moisture data with planned NASA missions (e.g., SMAP).

  20. Estimating Soil Moisture from Satellite Microwave Observations

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    Owe, M.; VandeGriend, A. A.; deJeu, R.; deVries, J.; Seyhan, E.

    1998-01-01

    Cooperative research in microwave remote sensing between the Hydrological Sciences Branch of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Earth Sciences Faculty of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam began with the Botswana Water and Energy Balance Experiment and has continued through a series of highly successful International Research Programs. The collaboration between these two research institutions has resulted in significant scientific achievements, most notably in the area of satellite-based microwave remote sensing of soil moisture. The Botswana Program was the first joint research initiative between these two institutions, and provided a unique data base which included historical data sets of Scanning Multifrequency Microwave Radiometer (SN4NM) data, climate information, and extensive soil moisture measurements over several large experimental sites in southeast Botswana. These data were the basis for the development of new approaches in physically-based inverse modelling of soil moisture from satellite microwave observations. Among the results from this study were quantitative estimates of vegetation transmission properties at microwave frequencies. A single polarization modelling approach which used horizontally polarized microwave observations combined with monthly composites of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index was developed, and yielded good results. After more precise field experimentation with a ground-based radiometer system, a dual-polarization approach was subsequently developed. This new approach realized significant improvements in soil moisture estimation by satellite. Results from the Botswana study were subsequently applied to a desertification monitoring study for the country of Spain within the framework of the European Community science research programs EFEDA and RESMEDES. A dual frequency approach with only microwave data was used for this application. The Microwave Polarization Difference Index (MPDI) was calculated from 37 GHz data and used to derive the one-way canopy transmissivity. Using a simple radiative transfer model, this information was combined with horizontally polarized 6.6 GHz SMMR observations to derive a 9-year time series of soil moisture for all of Spain at a one quarter degree spatial scale. Both day and night SMMR observations were used independently, in order to check the consistency of the results. A first order Fourier Transform was performed on the mean monthly soil moisture values to identify major characteristics of time series such as trend, amplitude, and phase shift.

  1. Microwave Soil Moisture Retrieval Under Trees

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    O'Neill, P.; Lang, R.; Kurum, M.; Joseph, A.; Jackson, T.; Cosh, M.

    2008-01-01

    Soil moisture is recognized as an important component of the water, energy, and carbon cycles at the interface between the Earth's surface and atmosphere. Current baseline soil moisture retrieval algorithms for microwave space missions have been developed and validated only over grasslands, agricultural crops, and generally light to moderate vegetation. Tree areas have commonly been excluded from operational soil moisture retrieval plans due to the large expected impact of trees on masking the microwave response to the underlying soil moisture. Our understanding of the microwave properties of trees of various sizes and their effect on soil moisture retrieval algorithms at L band is presently limited, although research efforts are ongoing in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere to remedy this situation. As part of this research, a coordinated sequence of field measurements involving the ComRAD (for Combined Radar/Radiometer) active/passive microwave truck instrument system has been undertaken. Jointly developed and operated by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and George Washington University, ComRAD consists of dual-polarized 1.4 GHz total-power radiometers (LH, LV) and a quad-polarized 1.25 GHz L band radar sharing a single parabolic dish antenna with a novel broadband stacked patch dual-polarized feed, a quad-polarized 4.75 GHz C band radar, and a single channel 10 GHz XHH radar. The instruments are deployed on a mobile truck with an 19-m hydraulic boom and share common control software; real-time calibrated signals, and the capability for automated data collection for unattended operation. Most microwave soil moisture retrieval algorithms developed for use at L band frequencies are based on the tau-omega model, a simplified zero-order radiative transfer approach where scattering is largely ignored and vegetation canopies are generally treated as a bulk attenuating layer. In this approach, vegetation effects are parameterized by tau and omega, the microwave vegetation opacity and single scattering albedo. One goal of our current research is to determine whether the tau-omega model can work for tree canopies given the increased scatter from trees compared to grasses and crops, and. if so, what are effective values for tau and omega for trees.

  2. Soil Moisture from Satellite Radar Altimetry (SMALT)

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    Berry, P. A. M.; Dowson, M.; Smith, R. G.; Carter, J.; Benveniste, J.; Witheridge, S.

    2012-04-01

    Soil surface moisture is a key scientific parameter; however, it is extremely difficult to measure remotely, particularly in arid and semi-arid terrain. This paper outlines the development of a novel methodology to generate soil moisture estimates in these regions from multi-mission satellite radar altimetry. Key to this approach is the development of detailed DRy EArth ModelS (DREAMS) which encapsulate the detailed and intricate surface brightness variations over the Earth's land surface resulting from changes in surface roughness and composition. These models are made by cross-calibrating and reconciling multi-mission altimeter sigma0 measurements from ERS1, ERS2, EnviSat and Jason2. This approach is made possible because altimeters are nadir-pointing, and most of the available radar altimeter datasets are from instruments operating in Ku band. These DREAMS are complicated to build and require multiple stages of processing and manual intervention. However this approach obviates the requirement for detailed ground truth to populate theoretical models, facilitating derivation of surface soil moisture estimates over arid regions, where detailed survey data are generally not available. This paper presents results from the creation of the DREAMS over desert surfaces, and showcases the model development over the Simpson desert, the Sahara, and the Kalahari desert. A global assessment is given of areas where DREAMS may successfully be generated, and an outline of the required processing to obtain soil surface moisture estimates is given. Results for altimeter derived soil moisture validation are presented for the Simpson desert, assessed against the Queensland Climate Change Centre AussieGRASS model outputs. First soil moisture products from ERS2 and EnviSat radar altimetry in arid regions are presented, and the temporal and spatial resolution of these data are analysed. The results generated by this ESA sponsored initiative will be made freely available to the global scientific community. First products are planned for release within the next twelve months. Further information can be found at http://tethys.eaprs.cse.dmu.ac.uk/SMALT.

  3. Different responses of MODIS-derived NDVI to root-zone soil moisture in semi-arid and humid regions

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    Texas at San Antonio, University of

    Different responses of MODIS-derived NDVI to root-zone soil moisture in semi-arid and humid regions KEYWORDS Root zone soil moisture; NDVI; Correlation analysis; Regression model Summary Surface representation of the root-zone soil moisture is investigated so that feasibility of using optical remote sensing

  4. Dynamics of deep soil moisture in response to vegetational restoration on the Loess Plateau of China

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    Jia, Yu-Hua; Shao, Ming-An

    2014-11-01

    The limitation of soil water in semiarid regions restricts the formation of a good cover of vegetation. The Loess Plateau in China, well known for its severe soil erosion, has a thick loessial soil that holds substantial volumes of water and provides the basis of a sustainable restoration of vegetation. Our limited understanding of the dynamics of deep soil moisture, however, could lead to the mismanagement of soil-water resources or could even misguide the policies of vegetational reconstruction. To evaluate the temporal response of deep soil moisture in different types of revegetation, we observed soil moisture to a depth of 340 cm in four plots, planted with Korshinsk peashrub (KOP), purple alfalfa (ALF), native plants (natural fallow, NAF), and millet (MIL), on 15 measurement events from 2010 to 2012. Our analysis provided four main conclusions. (1) The quantitative difference of potential evapotranspiration and actual precipitation resulted in natural deficits of soil moisture. The dynamics of deep soil moisture, however, were mainly dominated by the type of vegetation. Deep soils in plots of KOP and ALF became drier than the soil in plots of NAF and MIL. (2) Deep soil moisture in KOP and ALF was weakly variable. Correlations of time series of soil moisture between the upper and lower layers tended not to be significant. Dried soil layer, a special hydrological phenomenon, had formed in the plots. (3) The correlation between variances of soil moisture and the corresponding mean values were not always significantly positive due to the influence of vegetational type, observational depth, and date. (4) Fallow may be the best cover for achieving adequate hydrological sustainability of the soil. These results are expected to help improve the understanding of the response of deep soil moisture to vegetational restoration and to provide insight into the dynamics of deep soil moisture influenced by vegetation on loessial slopes.

  5. An Evaluation of Soil Moisture Retrievals Using Aircraft and Satellite Passive Microwave Observations during SMEX02

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    Bolten, John D.; Lakshmi, Venkat

    2009-01-01

    The Soil Moisture Experiments conducted in Iowa in the summer of 2002 (SMEX02) had many remote sensing instruments that were used to study the spatial and temporal variability of soil moisture. The sensors used in this paper (a subset of the suite of sensors) are the AQUA satellite-based AMSR-E (Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer- Earth Observing System) and the aircraft-based PSR (Polarimetric Scanning Radiometer). The SMEX02 design focused on the collection of near simultaneous brightness temperature observations from each of these instruments and in situ soil moisture measurements at field- and domain- scale. This methodology provided a basis for a quantitative analysis of the soil moisture remote sensing potential of each instrument using in situ comparisons and retrieved soil moisture estimates through the application of a radiative transfer model. To this end, the two sensors are compared with respect to their estimation of soil moisture.

  6. Effects of land cover on water table, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, and groundwater recharge: A Field observation and analysis

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    Zhang, Y.-K.; Schilling, K.E.

    2006-01-01

    The effects of land cover on water table, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, and groundwater recharge were studied with water level measurements collected from two monitoring wells over a period of 122 days. The two wells were installed under similar conditions except that one was drilled on the east side of a creek which was covered with grass, and the other on the west side of the creek which was burned into a bare ground. Substantial differences in water level fluctuations were observed at these two wells. The water level in the east grass (EG) well was generally lower and had much less response to rainfall events than the west no-grass (WNG) well. Grass cover lowered the water table, reduced soil moisture through ET losses, and thus reduced groundwater recharge. The amount of ET by the grass estimated with a water table recession model decreased exponentially from 7.6 mm/day to zero as the water table declined from near the ground surface to 1.42 m below the ground surface in 33 days. More groundwater recharge was received on the WNG side than on the EG side following large rainfall events and by significant slow internal downward drainage which may last many days after rainfall. Because of the decreased ET and increased R, significantly more baseflow and chemical loads may be generated from a bare ground watershed compared to a vegetated watershed. ?? 2005 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.

  7. Urban soil moisture affecting local air temperature

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    Wiesner, Sarah; Ament, Felix; Eschenbach, Annette

    2015-04-01

    The climate in cities differs from that in the surrounding area due to modified surfaces. Parameters like surface sealing ratio, vegetation and building material are known to be relevant for the intensity of the microclimatic modification. But what about the influence of soil moisture content and availability at the soil surface? Soil acts as a storage and transmitter for water. In doing so, it may have a differently pronounced impact on local climate through distinct evapotranspiration. The actual evapotranspiration rates are determined by water availability at the surface - dependant from soil physical properties and water refill from above or below - and the presence of evapotranspirators, i.e. plants that transpire water from deeper soil areas. The issue of soil hydrological characteristics and water replenishment limiting the local cooling effect of soils is the topic of this contribution. A long-term record (2010-2014) of ongoing measurements in the city of Hamburg, Germany, is evaluated. The data is provided by atmospheric and pedologic measurement sites of the HUSCO network (Hamburg Urban Soil Climate Observatory). They are located within six urban districts: the city core, four suburban districts, featuring different mean groundwater table depths (> 5 m below surface / < 2.5 m below surface), and one industrial area. The temporal evolutions of water content and soil water tension of the suburban soil profiles are found to be very diverse, related to soil substrate, organic matter content and groundwater table depth. Most distinct variations are observed within the upper horizons of suburban soil. Soil hydrological processes show characteristic patterns at each measurement site, including topsoil water content (?) variability. Yet, differences between distinct urban land use types are visible only according to differences in the prevailing soil texture. Impacts of different vegetation types on the soil water dynamics can be identified, while the influence of urban land use is not found to be definite. Air temperature (Ta) anomalies of the suburban sites from the inner city site are analysed for several periods and seasons. During daytime a significant annual mean deviation is observed above unsealed, vegetated surfaces from a sealed site during selected relevant days. Remarkably, about a fifth of the variance of the diurnal Ta span, i.e. increase of Ta during the day, is found to be explained by normalized ? for selected meteorological situations. In this contribution this observed relation between topsoil moisture and air temperature increase during daytime at suburban sites will be presented after describing the local conditions and soil hydrological heterogeneities at the observed urban sites.

  8. Absolute and relative soil moisture spatial-temporal variability over large areas in Europe

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    Zucco, Graziano; Brocca, Luca; Moramarco, Tommaso; Seneviratne, Sonia; Mittelbach, Heidi

    2013-04-01

    Knowledge about soil moisture spatial-temporal variability over large areas is fundamental for improving our understanding of land-atmosphere interaction and hydrological processes. The analysis of soil moisture spatial-temporal variability can be carried out considering the absolute (original) soil moisture values, usually expressed in volumetric terms (m³/m³), or relative values, such as the percent of saturation (dimensionless) or temporal anomalies with respect to a long-term mean value (in the same units as the absolute soil moisture values). Over large areas, soil moisture data measured at different sites can be characterized by large differences in their minimum, mean, and maximum (absolute) values, even though in relative terms their temporal patterns are very similar. Therefore, a large fraction of the spatial variability of soil moisture might be time invariant, i.e., only due to the differences in the range of variability between sites (Mittelbach and Seneviratne, 2012). In these cases, the analysis considering absolute and relative soil moisture values can provide very different results thus highlighting the requirement of a new perspective in the analysis of soil moisture variability. In fact, if soil moisture observations are used within modelling approaches (for hydrological, meteorological or climatic studies), the variability of relative soil moisture values is much of interest (Seneviratne et al., 2010; Brocca et al., 2012). By considering absolute soil moisture values only, misleading conclusions might be drawn with respect to climate-relevant spatiotemporal features of soil moisture. In this study, in situ observations from different soil moisture networks in Italy, Spain, France and Germany are collected and analyzed to investigate the soil moisture variability over large areas (500-5000 km²). Specifically, the statistical and temporal stability classical analyses of soil moisture have been carried out for both absolute and relative values. The comparison of the results with the different approaches highlights the relative contribution of time invariant and time varying components on soil moisture variability. Moreover, the effect of the variability of the soil texture, land use and climatic conditions of the analyzed soil moisture networks is discussed. Overall, in accordance with a previous study (Mittelbach and Seneviratne, 2012), we obtained that the analysis of the spatial-temporal variability of absolute soil moisture does not apply to relative soil moisture values. Therefore, similar analysis should be carried out for past and present soil moisture data sets for better addressing their use within modelling studies. References Brocca, L., Moramarco, T., Melone, F., Wagner, W., Hasenauer, S., and Hahn, S., 2012: Assimilation of surface and root-zone ASCAT soil moisture products into rainfall-runoff modelling. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 50(7), 2542-2555. Mittelbach, H., and S.I. Seneviratne, 2012: A new perspective on the spatio-temporal variability of soil moisture: temporal dynamics versus time invariant contributions. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 2169-2179. Seneviratne, S I, Corti, T., Davin, E. L., Hirschi, M., Jaeger, E. B., Lehner, I., and Orlowsky, B., 2010: Investigating soil moisture-climate interactions in a changing climate: A review. Earth-Science Reviews, 99(3-4), 125-161.

  9. Landscape complexity and soil moisture variation in south Georgia, USA, for remote sensing applications

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    Giraldo, Mario A.; Bosch, David; Madden, Marguerite; Usery, Lynn; Kvien, Craig

    2008-08-01

    SummaryThis research addressed the temporal and spatial variation of soil moisture (SM) in a heterogeneous landscape. The research objective was to investigate soil moisture variation in eight homogeneous 30 by 30 m plots, similar to the pixel size of a Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) or Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) image. The plots were adjacent to eight stations of an in situ soil moisture network operated by the United States Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service USDA-ARS in Tifton, GA. We also studied five adjacent agricultural fields to examine the effect of different landuses/land covers (LULC) (grass, orchard, peanuts, cotton and bare soil) on the temporal and spatial variation of soil moisture. Soil moisture field data were collected on eight occasions throughout 2005 and January 2006 to establish comparisons within and among eight homogeneous plots. Consistently throughout time, analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed high variation in the soil moisture behavior among the plots and high homogeneity in the soil moisture behavior within them. A precipitation analysis for the eight sampling dates throughout the year 2005 showed similar rainfall conditions for the eight study plots. Therefore, soil moisture variation among locations was explained by in situ local conditions. Temporal stability geostatistical analysis showed that soil moisture has high temporal stability within the small plots and that a single point reading can be used to monitor soil moisture status for the plot within a maximum 3% volume/volume (v/v) soil moisture variation. Similarly, t-statistic analysis showed that soil moisture status in the upper soil layer changes within 24 h. We found statistical differences in the soil moisture between the different LULC in the agricultural fields as well as statistical differences between these fields and the adjacent 30 by 30 m plots. From this analysis, it was demonstrated that spatial proximity is not enough to produce similar soil moisture, since t-test's among adjacent plots with different LULCs showed significant differences. These results confirm that a remote sensing approach that considers homogeneous LULC landscape fragments can be used to identify landscape units of similar soil moisture behavior under heterogeneous landscapes. In addition, the in situ USDA-ARS network will serve better in remote sensing studies in which sensors with fine spatial resolution are evaluated. This study is a first step towards identifying landscape units that can be monitored using the single point reading of the USDA-ARS stations network.

  10. Landscape complexity and soil moisture variation in south Georgia, USA, for remote sensing applications

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    Giraldo, M.A.; Bosch, D.; Madden, M.; Usery, L.; Kvien, Craig

    2008-01-01

    This research addressed the temporal and spatial variation of soil moisture (SM) in a heterogeneous landscape. The research objective was to investigate soil moisture variation in eight homogeneous 30 by 30 m plots, similar to the pixel size of a Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) or Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) image. The plots were adjacent to eight stations of an in situ soil moisture network operated by the United States Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service USDA-ARS in Tifton, GA. We also studied five adjacent agricultural fields to examine the effect of different landuses/land covers (LULC) (grass, orchard, peanuts, cotton and bare soil) on the temporal and spatial variation of soil moisture. Soil moisture field data were collected on eight occasions throughout 2005 and January 2006 to establish comparisons within and among eight homogeneous plots. Consistently throughout time, analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed high variation in the soil moisture behavior among the plots and high homogeneity in the soil moisture behavior within them. A precipitation analysis for the eight sampling dates throughout the year 2005 showed similar rainfall conditions for the eight study plots. Therefore, soil moisture variation among locations was explained by in situ local conditions. Temporal stability geostatistical analysis showed that soil moisture has high temporal stability within the small plots and that a single point reading can be used to monitor soil moisture status for the plot within a maximum 3% volume/volume (v/v) soil moisture variation. Similarly, t-statistic analysis showed that soil moisture status in the upper soil layer changes within 24 h. We found statistical differences in the soil moisture between the different LULC in the agricultural fields as well as statistical differences between these fields and the adjacent 30 by 30 m plots. From this analysis, it was demonstrated that spatial proximity is not enough to produce similar soil moisture, since t-test's among adjacent plots with different LULCs showed significant differences. These results confirm that a remote sensing approach that considers homogeneous LULC landscape fragments can be used to identify landscape units of similar soil moisture behavior under heterogeneous landscapes. In addition, the in situ USDA-ARS network will serve better in remote sensing studies in which sensors with fine spatial resolution are evaluated. This study is a first step towards identifying landscape units that can be monitored using the single point reading of the USDA-ARS stations network. ?? 2008 Elsevier B.V.

  11. NASA Soil Moisture Data Products and Their Incorporation in DREAM

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    Blonski, Slawomir; Holland, Donald; Henderson, Vaneshette

    2005-01-01

    NASA provides soil moisture data products that include observations from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer on the Earth Observing System Aqua satellite, field measurements from the Soil Moisture Experiment campaigns, and model predictions from the Land Information System and the Goddard Earth Observing System Data Assimilation System. Incorporation of the NASA soil moisture products in the Dust Regional Atmospheric Model is possible through use of the satellite observations of soil moisture to set initial conditions for the dust simulations. An additional comparison of satellite soil moisture observations with mesoscale atmospheric dynamics modeling is recommended. Such a comparison would validate the use of NASA soil moisture data in applications and support acceptance of satellite soil moisture data assimilation in weather and climate modeling.

  12. Methods of measuring soil moisture in the field

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    Johnson, A.I.

    1962-01-01

    For centuries, the amount of moisture in the soil has been of interest in agriculture. The subject of soil moisture is also of great importance to the hydrologist, forester, and soils engineer. Much equipment and many methods have been developed to measure soil moisture under field conditions. This report discusses and evaluates the various methods for measurement of soil moisture and describes the equipment needed for each method. The advantages and disadvantages of each method are discussed and an extensive list of references is provided for those desiring to study the subject in more detail. The gravimetric method is concluded to be the most satisfactory method for most problems requiring onetime moisture-content data. The radioactive method is normally best for obtaining repeated measurements of soil moisture in place. It is concluded that all methods have some limitations and that the ideal method for measurement of soil moisture under field conditions has yet to be perfected.

  13. Evolution of physical controls for soil moisture in humid and subhumid watersheds

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    Gaur, Nandita; Mohanty, Binayak P.

    2013-03-01

    The covariability of soil moisture with soil, vegetation, topography, and precipitation is linked by physical relationships. The influence of each of these interdependent physical controls on soil moisture spatial distribution depends on the nature of heterogeneity present in the domain and evolves with time and scale. This paper investigates the effect of three physical controls, i.e., topography (slope), vegetation (type), and soil (texture), on soil moisture spatial distribution in the Little Washita and Walnut Creek watersheds in Oklahoma and Iowa, respectively, at two support scales. Point-support-scale data collected from four soil moisture campaigns (SMEX02, SMEX03, SMEX05, and CLASIC07) and airborne-scale data from three soil moisture campaigns (SGP97, SGP99, and SMEX02) were used in this analysis. The effect of different physical controls on the spatial mean and variability of soil moisture was assessed using Kruskal-Wallis and Shannon entropy respectively. It was found that at both (point and airborne) support scales, nonuniform precipitation (forcing) across the domain can mask the effect of the dominant physical controls on the soil moisture distribution. In order to isolate land-surface controls from the impact of forcing, the effect of precipitation variability was removed. After removing the effect of precipitation variability, it was found that for most soil moisture conditions, soil texture as opposed to vegetation and topography is the dominant physical control at both the point and airborne scales in Iowa and Oklahoma. During a very wet year (2007), however, the effect of topography on the soil moisture spatial variability overrides the effect of soil texture at the point support scale. These findings are valuable for developing any physically based scaling algorithms to upscale or downscale soil moisture between the point and watershed scales in the studied watersheds in humid and subhumid regions of the Great Plains of USA. These results may also be used in designing effective soil moisture field campaigns.

  14. NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Applications

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    Orr, Barron; Moran, M. Susan; Escobar, Vanessa; Brown, Molly E.

    2014-05-01

    The launch of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission in 2014 will provide global soil moisture and freeze-thaw measurements at moderate resolution (9 km) with latency as short as 24 hours. The resolution, latency and global coverage of SMAP products will enable new applications in the fields of weather, climate, drought, flood, agricultural production, human health and national security. To prepare for launch, the SMAP mission has engaged more than 25 Early Adopters. Early Adopters are users who have a need for SMAP-like soil moisture or freeze-thaw data, and who agreed to apply their own resources to demonstrate the utility of SMAP data for their particular system or model. In turn, the SMAP mission agreed to provide Early Adopters with simulated SMAP data products and pre-launch calibration and validation data from SMAP field campaigns, modeling, and synergistic studies. The applied research underway by Early Adopters has provided fundamental knowledge of how SMAP data products can be scaled and integrated into users' policy, business and management activities to improve decision-making efforts. This presentation will cover SMAP applications including weather and climate forecasting, vehicle mobility estimation, quantification of greenhouse gas emissions, management of urban potable water supply, and prediction of crop yield. The presentation will end with a discussion of potential international applications with focus on the ESA/CEOS TIGER Initiative entitled "looking for water in Africa", the United Nations (UN) Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) which carries a specific mandate focused on Africa, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which lists soil moisture as an Essential Climate Variable (ECV), and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which reported a food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel.

  15. Conservation and Utilization of Soil Moisture

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    Burnett, Earl; Fisher, C. E.

    1953-01-01

    stored in the soil offers a means of adjusting cro~~ing plans and farming operations to make the best use of nhle moisture. fhese findings show that every effort should be made to use lrvation practices that will bring about a greater storage....31 Total 107.66 cro percolate from lysimeters at Spur, summary 1939-4.1 Depth of soil and manure in lysimeter 2 inches 1 4 inches I 8 inches , , Clay I Manure I Sand I Clay I Manure ( Sand I Clay j Manorc -82 -65 2.17 -60 -37 1.77 .44 .08 1...

  16. Assimilation of Passive and Active Microwave Soil Moisture Retrievals

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    Draper, C. S.; Reichle, R. H.; DeLannoy, G. J. M.; Liu, Q.

    2012-01-01

    Root-zone soil moisture is an important control over the partition of land surface energy and moisture, and the assimilation of remotely sensed near-surface soil moisture has been shown to improve model profile soil moisture [1]. To date, efforts to assimilate remotely sensed near-surface soil moisture at large scales have focused on soil moisture derived from the passive microwave Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) and the active Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT; together with its predecessor on the European Remote Sensing satellites (ERS. The assimilation of passive and active microwave soil moisture observations has not yet been directly compared, and so this study compares the impact of assimilating ASCAT and AMSR-E soil moisture data, both separately and together. Since the soil moisture retrieval skill from active and passive microwave data is thought to differ according to surface characteristics [2], the impact of each assimilation on the model soil moisture skill is assessed according to land cover type, by comparison to in situ soil moisture observations.

  17. Research on Regional Spatial Variability of Soil Moisture Based on GIS

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    Fan, Yongcun; Zhang, Changli; Fang, Junlong; Tian, Lei

    As one of soil dynamics properties, soil moisture content is an important factor of soil fertility which counts for much to crop growth situation and scientific irrigation management. A design plan of regional spatial variation of soil moisture measurement was introduced. Its main job includes the use of differential GPS technology for each sampling points in farmland, collecting data of high-precision geo-spatial information and soil moisture in farmland resorting on measure instruments of soil moisture, communicating the data between measuring instrument and portable data analysis devices or computer with cable or wireless network based on ZigBee technology, analyzing data of experimental farmland of the topography and terrain, processing and interpolating data of soil moisture content.

  18. Sy estimation from paralel soil moisture and water table measurement

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    Gribovszki, Zoltán; Kalicz, Péter

    2015-04-01

    In growing season evapotranspiration induces diurnal signal of soil moisture, and also of water table in shallow water table environments. Diurnal signal of water table was widespreadly used for estimation of groundwater uptake by plants. The limitation of all groundwater signal based methods lies in the difficulty of specific yield (Sy) estimation. This is a soil water storage parameter that strongly depends on both, the unsaturated soil moisture fluxes (recharge and evapotranspiration) and water table elevation. Based on parallel soil moisture profile and water table measurements in a hydrophyte forest of Hidegvíz Valley experimental catchment at the eastern foothills of the Alps subdaily Sy values were calculated. Estimated Sy values are significantly changed along the day. If you want to get accurate Sy value for ET estimation a representative period has to be selected within the day. For analysis Sy values were calculated as a late night average and as a daily average as well. Estimated Sy values were compared to the results of some traditional Sy estimation techniques (particle distribution curve based, moisture characteristic curve based, etc.). Penman-Monteith reference evapotranspiration was used for evaluation of the ET values calculated from different Sy estimations. This research has been supported by the AGRARKLIMA.2 VKSZ_12-1-2013-0034 project.

  19. ORIGINAL ARTICLE Using GPS multipath to measure soil moisture fluctuations

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    Small, Eric

    Abstract Measurements of soil moisture are important for studies of climate and weather forecasting, flood moisture dynamics influ- ence the ecosystem response to climate variability and change, feedbacks between). Accordingly, soil moisture is typically a state variable in hydrologic, ecological, and climate models, e

  20. Uncertainty in SMAP Soil Moisture Measurements Caused by Dew

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    Soil moisture is an important reservoir of the hydrologic cycle that regulates the exchange of moisture and energy between the land surface the atmosphere. Two satellite missions will soon make the first global measurements of soil moisture at the optimal microwave wavelength within L-band: ESA's So...

  1. Effect of soil hydraulic properties on the relationship between soil moisture variability and its mean value

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    Knowledge of soil moisture and its variability is needed for many environmental applications. We analyzed dependencies of soil moisture variability on average soil moisture contents in bare soils using ensembles of non-stationary water flow simulations by varying soil hydraulic properties under diff...

  2. Spatio-temporal variation of surface soil moisture over the Yellow River basin during 1961-2012

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    Tong, R.; Yang, X.; Ren, L.; Shen, H.; Shan, H.; Kong, H.; Lin, C.

    2015-05-01

    Soil moisture plays a significant role in agricultural and ecosystem development. However, in the real world soil moisture data are very limited due to many factors. VIC-3L model, as a semi-distribution hydrological model, can potentially provide valuable information regarding soil moisture. In this study, daily soil moisture contents in the surface soil layer (0-10 cm) of 1500 grids at 0.25 × 0.25 degree were simulated by the VIC-3L model. The Mann-Kendall trend test and Morlet wavelet analysis methods were used for the analysis of annual and monthly average surface soil moisture series. Results showed that the trend of surface soil moisture was not obvious on the basin scale, but it varied with spatial and temporal conditions. Different fluctuation amplitudes and periods of surface soil moisture were also discovered on the Yellow River basin during 1961 to 2012.

  3. Comparison of deep soil moisture in two re-vegetation watersheds in semi-arid regions

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    Yang, Lei; Chen, Liding; Wei, Wei; Yu, Yang; Zhang, Handan

    2014-05-01

    Soil moisture stored below rainfall infiltration depth is a reliable water resource for plant growth in semi-arid ecosystems. Along with the large-scale ecological restoration in Chinese Loess Plateau, identifying the ecohydrological response to human-introduced vegetation restoration has become an important issue in current research. In this study, soil moisture data in depth of 0-5 m was obtained by field observation and geostatistical method in two neighboring re-vegetation watersheds. Profile characteristics and spatial pattern of soil moisture was compared between different land use types, transects, and watersheds. The results showed that: (1) Introduced vegetation drastically decreased deep soil moisture when compared with farmland and native grassland. No significant differences in deep soil moisture were found between different introduced vegetation types. (2) An analysis of differences in soil moisture for different land use patterns indicated that land use had significant influence on deep soil moisture spatial variability. Land use structure determined the soil moisture condition and its spatial variation. (3) Vegetation restoration with introduced plants diminished the spatial heterogeneity of deep soil moisture on watershed scale. The improvement of land use management was suggested to improve the water management and maintain the sustainability of vegetation restoration.

  4. Estimation of Watershed Scale Soil Moisture from Point Measurements in SMEX02

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    Cosh, M. H.; Jackson, T. J.; Bindlish, R.; Prueger, J.

    2002-12-01

    Understanding watershed scale soil moisture distributions is necessary to validate current remote sensing, such as the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR). Unfortunately, remote sensing technology does not currently resolve the land surface at a scale that can be easily validated with ground observations. One method of validation uses existing soil moisture measurement networks and scales up to the resolution of these remote sensing footprints. Soil Moisture Experiment 2002 (SMEX02) was an excellent opportunity to implement one such soil moisture gaging system which, when calibrated, provided robust estimates of the watershed scale soil moisture throughout the summer of 2002. Twelve fields distributed across the Walnut Creek watershed were instrumented with in situ soil moisture probes and were intensively sampled during the experiment, between June 25 and July 12, 2002. The sampling sites were analyzed for temporal stability and scaling relationships were developed. These point measurements were scaled up to the field scale (~ 800 m) and then to the watershed scale (~ 25 km) for the field experiment period and were shown to be accurate indicators of the large-scale soil moisture distribution. Point measurements were then used as a basis for a watershed estimate for several months beyond SMEX02, thereby providing a long record of watershed scale soil moisture which can be used for validation. The ability to estimate the soil moisture is measured by a variety of techniques, including split sample verification. This analysis is a first step in the implementation of large-scale soil moisture validation utilizing networks such as the Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) as a basis for calibrating soil moisture satellite products.

  5. Concerning the relationship between evapotranspiration and soil moisture

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    Wetzel, Peter J.; Chang, Jy-Tai

    1987-01-01

    The relationship between the evapotranspiration and soil moisture during the drying, supply-limited phase is studied. A second scaling parameter, based on the evapotranspirational supply and demand concept of Federer (1982), is defined; the parameter, referred to as the threshold evapotranspiration, occurs in vegetation-covered surfaces just before leaf stomata close and when surface tension restricts moisture release from bare soil pores. A simple model for evapotranspiration is proposed. The effects of natural soil heterogeneities on evapotranspiration computed from the model are investigated. It is observed that the natural variability in soil moisture, caused by the heterogeneities, alters the relationship between regional evapotranspiration and the area average soil moisture.

  6. Long-term trend and variability of soil moisture over East Asia

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    Cheng, Shanjun; Guan, Xiaodan; Huang, Jianping; Ji, Fei; Guo, Ruixia

    2015-09-01

    The variability of soil moisture over East Asia was analyzed using a long-term data set from the Global Land Data Assimilation System. Overall, a clear decreasing trend occurred over a period of 63 years, with pronounced drying over northeast China, north China, part of Mongolia, and Russia near lake Baikal. Statistical analyses show that decreasing precipitation and global warming have different effects on the decrease in soil moisture. The qualitative analysis and quantitative contributions illustrated that soil drying is driven primarily by decreasing precipitation and is enhanced almost twofold by increasing temperatures. As soil moisture decreases, the positive feedback between soil moisture and temperature may result in future water shortages. Following the Representative Concentration Pathways 8.5 (RCP8.5) and 4.5 (RCP4.5) simulation scenarios of Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5, the model-predicted soil moisture demonstrated a continuously decreasing trend during the 21st century.

  7. A simulation study of scene confusion factors in sensing soil moisture from orbital radar

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    Ulaby, F. T. (principal investigator); Dobson, M. C.; Moezzi, S.; Roth, F. T.

    1983-01-01

    Simulated C-band radar imagery for a 124-km by 108-km test site in eastern Kansas is used to classify soil moisture. Simulated radar resolutions are 100 m by 100 m, 1 km by 1km, and 3 km by 3 km. Distributions of actual near-surface soil moisture are established daily for a 23-day accounting period using a water budget model. Within the 23-day period, three orbital radar overpasses are simulated roughly corresponding to generally moist, wet, and dry soil moisture conditions. The radar simulations are performed by a target/sensor interaction model dependent upon a terrain model, land-use classification, and near-surface soil moisture distribution. The accuracy of soil-moisture classification is evaluated for each single-date radar observation and also for multi-date detection of relative soil moisture change. In general, the results for single-date moisture detection show that 70% to 90% of cropland can be correctly classified to within +/- 20% of the true percent of field capacity. For a given radar resolution, the expected classification accuracy is shown to be dependent upon both the general soil moisture condition and also the geographical distribution of land-use and topographic relief. An analysis of cropland, urban, pasture/rangeland, and woodland subregions within the test site indicates that multi-temporal detection of relative soil moisture change is least sensitive to classification error resulting from scene complexity and topographic effects.

  8. Controlling Factors of Root-Zone Soil Moisture Spectra in Tropical and Temperate Forests

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    Nakai, T.; Katul, G. G.; Kotani, A.; Igarashi, Y.; Ohta, T.; Kumagai, T.

    2014-12-01

    Characteristics of root-zone soil moisture spectra in a subtropical monsoon forest in Thailand (Mae Moh) and two warm-temperate forests in the US (Duke) and Japan (Seto) were examined for time scales ranging from 30 minutes to multiple years. These forested areas have comparable maximum leaf area index but markedly different phase relations between evapotranspiration, net radiation, precipitation, and soil moisture. A hierarchy of models that sequentially introduce the spectrum of precipitation, net radiation, and nonlinearites in the damping originating from stomatal controls and drainage losses were used. If the precipitation is random, and the damping term by evapotranspiration and drainage is increased linearly with increasing soil moisture, the temporal variability of soil moisture simplifies to a first order Markov process commonly employed in the analysis of soil moisture in climate models. Its spectrum exhibits a Lorentz function with a white-noise behavior at low frequency and red-noise behavior at high frequency separated by a time-scale constant for intermediate frequencies. Such first order Markov process model with its time scale defined by the maximum wet surface evapotranspiration, soil porosity, and root-zone depth did not represent the observed soil moisture spectra at all three sites. Adding the effect of precipitation and net radiation variability were necessary for representing the actual soil moisture spectra. While the observed soil moisture spectra were satisfactorily reproduced by these additions, the relative importance of precipitation and net radiation to the soil moisture spectra differed between sites. The soil moisture memory, inferred from the observed soil moisture spectra (model decay time scale), was about 25-38 days, which was larger than that determined from maximum wet evapotranspiration and available pore space alone, except that these two time scales in Seto forest were nearly the same.

  9. Inferring Land Surface Model Parameters for the Assimilation of Satellite-Based L-Band Brightness Temperature Observations into a Soil Moisture Analysis System

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    Reichle, Rolf H.; De Lannoy, Gabrielle J. M.

    2012-01-01

    The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite mission provides global measurements of L-band brightness temperatures at horizontal and vertical polarization and a variety of incidence angles that are sensitive to moisture and temperature conditions in the top few centimeters of the soil. These L-band observations can therefore be assimilated into a land surface model to obtain surface and root zone soil moisture estimates. As part of the observation operator, such an assimilation system requires a radiative transfer model (RTM) that converts geophysical fields (including soil moisture and soil temperature) into modeled L-band brightness temperatures. At the global scale, the RTM parameters and the climatological soil moisture conditions are still poorly known. Using look-up tables from the literature to estimate the RTM parameters usually results in modeled L-band brightness temperatures that are strongly biased against the SMOS observations, with biases varying regionally and seasonally. Such biases must be addressed within the land data assimilation system. In this presentation, the estimation of the RTM parameters is discussed for the NASA GEOS-5 land data assimilation system, which is based on the ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) and the Catchment land surface model. In the GEOS-5 land data assimilation system, soil moisture and brightness temperature biases are addressed in three stages. First, the global soil properties and soil hydraulic parameters that are used in the Catchment model were revised to minimize the bias in the modeled soil moisture, as verified against available in situ soil moisture measurements. Second, key parameters of the "tau-omega" RTM were calibrated prior to data assimilation using an objective function that minimizes the climatological differences between the modeled L-band brightness temperatures and the corresponding SMOS observations. Calibrated parameters include soil roughness parameters, vegetation structure parameters, and the single scattering albedo. After this climatological calibration, the modeling system can provide L-band brightness temperatures with a global mean absolute bias of less than 10K against SMOS observations, across multiple incidence angles and for horizontal and vertical polarization. Third, seasonal and regional variations in the residual biases are addressed by estimating the vegetation optical depth through state augmentation during the assimilation of the L-band brightness temperatures. This strategy, tested here with SMOS data, is part of the baseline approach for the Level 4 Surface and Root Zone Soil Moisture data product from the planned Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite mission.

  10. Moisture detection from Skylab. [soil studies for Texas and Kansas sites

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    Eagleman, J. R.

    1974-01-01

    Five sets of data are described which relate the Skylab S193 radiometer and scatterometer data and S194 L-band radiometer temperature to soil moisture content of test sites in Texas and Kansas. Although the analysis of the S193 data are incomplete, analysis of the L-band radiometer data show that it is highly correlated with the soil moisture content of the surface layers of soil. Various correlations and predictions based on the relationship are described in this paper.

  11. Soil Moisture Spatial Patterns in a Uniform Paulownia Tree Stand

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    Soil moisture spatial patterns have been studied at length in agricultural fields and pasture/rangelands as part of the USDA soil moisture satellite validation program, but recent research has begun to address the distribution of soil beneath a forest canopy. Forests cover a significant portion of ...

  12. DETERMINING THE INFLUENCE OF TRANSPIRATION ON SOIL MOISTURE PATHWAYS USING

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    Singha, Kamini

    DETERMINING THE INFLUENCE OF TRANSPIRATION ON SOIL MOISTURE PATHWAYS USING ELECTRICAL RESISTIVITY transpiration using time-lapse electrical resistivity imaging (ERI) on a ponderosa pine and the surrounding soil............................................................................ 1 CHAPTER 2 DETERMINING THE INFLUENCE OF TRANSPIRATION ON SOIL MOISTURE PATHWAYS USING ELECTRICAL

  13. Non-contact prediction of soil moisture profiles using radio wave reflection

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    Needham, Duane Lee

    Scope and method of study. This study investigated the potential of non-contact measurement of volumetric soil moisture profiles by detecting reflected VHF and UHF radio waves. The investigation included a variability analysis of the dielectric properties of soil, tests to relate volumetric moisture content to dielectric properties, a simulation of radio wave reflection from various profiles, and field trials in which antennas transmitted and received radio waves for detection of the moisture gradient in the soil directly below the instrument. In addition to the measurements, an algorithm was devised to resolve layers of moisture from radio wave reflections of multiple frequencies. Potential applications for such an instrument may include irrigation scheduling, detection of plant stress, and hydrological research. Findings and conclusions. The model that simulated reflection coefficients in the frequency range of 80 MHz to 1 GHz was tested using hypothetical and existent moisture profiles. Results of simulated profiles indicated that reflection coefficients could be used to distinguish between volumetric surface moisture and could detect subsurface moisture to a depth of 45.7 cm. Reflection measurements made in the field trials indicated that linear correlation could be made with volumetric moisture in the top 15.2 cm. The profile restoration algorithm closely predicted simulated surface moisture but had a high failure rate predicting subsurface moisture. Results of the study indicated that reflection coefficients could be used to detect soil moisture at depth, but the restoration algorithm did not effectively resolve moisture layers.

  14. High Latitude Soil Moisture Observations to Study Climate Variations and to Evaluate Climate Models

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    Robock, A.; Vinnikov, K. Y.; Luo, L.; Mu, M.

    2002-12-01

    Soil moisture is an important variable in the climate system. Understanding and predicting variations of surface temperature, drought, and flood depend critically on knowledge of soil moisture variations, as do impacts of climate change and seasonal climate forecasting. An observational data set of actual in situ measurements is crucial for model development and evaluation, and as ground truth for remote sensing. The Global Soil Moisture Data Bank is a web site (http://climate.envsci.rutgers.edu/soil_moisture) dedicated to collection, dissemination, and analysis of soil moisture data from around the globe, and is a resource for the remote sensing, climate modeling and climate analysis communities. We currently have soil moisture observations for over 400 stations from a large variety of global climates, including from the former Soviet Union, China, Mongolia, India, and the US, but not many from high latitude locations. We will describe two examples of different uses of these data sets. We have used the data to examine the impact of explicitly including frozen soil in land surface models on the partition of snow melt into runoff and infiltration, as a continuation of analysis of the PILPS Phase 2(d) experiment in Valdai, Russia, and to examine the role of soil moisture in serving as a memory for snow cover anomalies to influence the Asian summer monsoon. We find that inclusion of frozen soil is important for accurate simulations of soil temperature, but not as important for soil moisture in high latitudes, since the soil tends to be saturated and there is insufficient capacity for a large influence on infiltration. There is no evidence for soil moisture serving as snow cover memory.

  15. SEASONAL SOIL MOISTURE PREDICTION USING A CLIMATE-PLANT-SOIL COUPLED AGROECOSYSTEM WATER MANAGEMENT MODEL

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    Takle, Eugene S.

    3.13 SEASONAL SOIL MOISTURE PREDICTION USING A CLIMATE-PLANT-SOIL COUPLED AGROECOSYSTEM WATER of soil moisture is given at grid resolution that is too coarse to resolve prominent weather systems on a quasi real-time basis, forecasting soil moisture, precipitation, temperature, and other variables

  16. Evaluation of gravimetric ground truth soil moisture data collected for the agricultural soil moisture experiment, 1978 Colby, Kansas, aircraft mission

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    Arya, L. M.; Phinney, D. E. (principal investigators)

    1980-01-01

    Soil moisture data acquired to support the development of algorithms for estimating surface soil moisture from remotely sensed backscattering of microwaves from ground surfaces are presented. Aspects of field uniformity and variability of gravimetric soil moisture measurements are discussed. Moisture distribution patterns are illustrated by frequency distributions and contour plots. Standard deviations and coefficients of variation relative to degree of wetness and agronomic features of the fields are examined. Influence of sampling depth on observed moisture content an variability are indicated. For the various sets of measurements, soil moisture values that appear as outliers are flagged. The distribution and legal descriptions of the test fields are included along with examinations of soil types, agronomic features, and sampling plan. Bulk density data for experimental fields are appended, should analyses involving volumetric moisture content be of interest to the users of data in this report.

  17. Soil Moisture derivation from the multi-frequency sensor AMSR-2

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    Parinussa, Robert; de Nijs, Anne; de Jeu, Richard; Holmes, Thomas; Dorigo, Wouter; Wanders, Niko; Schellekens, Jaap

    2015-04-01

    We present a method to derive soil moisture from the multi-frequency sensor Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR-2). Its predecessor, the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E), has already provided Earth scientists with a consistent and continuous global soil moisture dataset. However, the AMSR-2 sensor has one big advantage in relation to the AMSR-E sensor; is has an additional channel in the C-band frequency (7.3 GHz). This channel creates the opportunity to have a better screening for Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) and could eventually lead to improved soil moisture retrievals. The soil moisture retrievals from AMSR-2 we present here use the Land Parameter Retrieval Model (LPRM) in combination with a new radio frequency interference masking method. We used observations of the multi-frequency microwave radiometer onboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite to intercalibrate the brightness temperatures in order to improve consistency between AMSR-E and AMSR-2. Several scenarios to accomplish synergy between the AMSR-E and AMSR-2 soil moisture products were evaluated. A global comparison of soil moisture retrievals against ERA Interim re-analysis 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 the observation periods of the AMSR-E and AMSR-2 sensors. Results show a high degree of consistency between both satellite products and two independent reference products for the soil moisture products. In addition, the added value of an additional frequency for RFI detection is demonstrated within this study with a reduction of the total contaminated pixels in the 6.9 GHz of 66% for horizontal observations and even 85% for vertical observations when 7.3 and 10.7 GHz are used.

  18. Soil Moisture Experiments 2005 (SMEX05): Passive Microwave Polarimetric Signature Of Soil Moisture and Vegetation

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    Microwave remote sensing provides a direct measurement of soil moisture; however, there have been many challenges in algorithm science and technology that we have faced on the path to providing global measurements. Field experiments, especially those involving both ground and aircraft measurements, ...

  19. Australian Soil Moisture Field Experiments in Support of Soil Moisture Satellite Observations

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    Kim, Edward; Walker, Jeff; Rudiger, Christopher; Panciera, Rocco

    2010-01-01

    Large-scale field campaigns provide the critical fink between our understanding retrieval algorithms developed at the point scale, and algorithms suitable for satellite applications at vastly larger pixel scales. Retrievals of land parameters must deal with the substantial sub-pixel heterogeneity that is present in most regions. This is particularly the case for soil moisture remote sensing, because of the long microwave wavelengths (L-band) that are optimal. Yet, airborne L-band imagers have generally been large, heavy, and required heavy-lift aircraft resources that are expensive and difficult to schedule. Indeed, US soil moisture campaigns, have been constrained by these factors, and European campaigns have used non-imagers due to instrument and aircraft size constraints. Despite these factors, these campaigns established that large-scale soil moisture remote sensing was possible, laying the groundwork for satellite missions. Starting in 2005, a series of airborne field campaigns have been conducted in Australia: to improve our understanding of soil moisture remote sensing at large scales over heterogeneous areas. These field data have been used to test and refine retrieval algorithms for soil moisture satellite missions, and most recently with the launch of the European Space Agency's Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission, to provide validation measurements over a multi-pixel area. The campaigns to date have included a preparatory campaign in 2005, two National Airborne Field Experiments (NAFE), (2005 and 2006), two campaigns to the Simpson Desert (2008 and 2009), and one Australian Airborne Cal/val Experiment for SMOS (AACES), just concluded in the austral spring of 2010. The primary airborne sensor for each campaign has been the Polarimetric L-band Microwave Radiometer (PLMR), a 6-beam pushbroom imager that is small enough to be compatible with light aircraft, greatly facilitating the execution of the series of campaigns, and a key to their success. An L-band imaging radar is being added to the complement to provide simultaneous active-passive L-band observations, for algorithm development activities in support of NASA's upcoming Soil Moisture Active Passive (.S"M) mission. This paper will describe the campaigns, their objectives, their datasets, and some of the unique advantages of working with small/light sensors and aircraft. We will also review the main scientific findings, including improvements to the SMOS retrieval algorithm enabled by NAFE observations and the evaluation of the Simpson Desert as a calibration target for L-band satellite missions. Plans for upcoming campaigns will also be discussed.

  20. Evaluation and Application of Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture Products

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    Bolten, J.; Crow, W.; Zhan, X.; Jackson, T.; Reynolds, C.; Rodell, Matt

    2010-01-01

    Whereas in-situ measurements of soil moisture are very accurate, achieving accurate regional soil moisture estimates derived solely from point measurements is difficult because of the dependence upon the density of the gauge network and the proper upkeep of these instruments, which can be costly. Microwave remote sensing is the only technology capable of providing timely direct measurements of regional soil moisture in areas that are lacking in-situ networks. Soil moisture remote sensing technology is well established has been successfully applied in many fashions to Earth Science applications. Since the microwave emission from the soil surface has such a high dependency upon the moisture content within the soil, we can take advantage of this relationship and combined with physically-based models of the land surface, derive accurate regional estimates of the soil column water content from the microwave brightness temperature observed from satellite-based remote sensing instruments. However, there still remain many questions regarding the most efficient methodology for evaluating and applying satellite-based soil moisture estimates. As discussed below, we to use satellite-based estimates of soil moisture dynamics to improve the predictive capability of an optimized hydrologic model giving more accurate root-zone soil moisture estimates.

  1. BOREAS HYD-1 Volumetric Soil Moisture Data

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    Cuenca, Richard H.; Kelly, Shaun F.; Stangel, David E.; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Knapp, David E. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Hydrology (HYD)-1 team made measurements of volumetric soil moisture at the Southern Study Area (SSA) and Northern Study Area (NSA) tower flux sites in 1994 and at selected tower flux sites in 1995-97. Different methods were used to collect these measurements, including neutron probe and manual and automated Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR). In 1994, the measurements were made every other day at the NSA-OJP (Old Jack Pine), NSA-YJP (Young Jack Pine), NSA-OBS (Old Black Spruce), NSA-Fen, SSA-OJP, SSA-YJP, SSA-Fen, SSA-YA (Young Aspen), and SSA-OBS sites. In 1995-97, when automated equipment was deployed at NSA-OJP, NSA-YJP, NSA-OBS, SSA-OBS, and SSA-OA (Old Aspen), the measurements were made as often as every hour. The data are stored in tabular ASCII files. The volumetric soil moisture data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  2. Examining the relationship between soil moisture and summer extreme temperatures in East China

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    Meng, Lei

    2014-05-01

    Soil moisture conditions affect energy partitioning between sensible and latent heat fluxes, resulting in a change in surface temperatures. In this study, relationship between antecedent soil moisture conditions (as indicated by the 6-month Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI)) and several temperature indices are statistically quantified using the quantile regression analysis across East China to investigate the influence of soil moisture on summer surface temperatures. These temperature indices include percentage of hot-degree days (%HD), hot wave duration (HWD), daily temperature range (DTR), and daily minimum temperature (Tmin). Our results demonstrate that soil moisture had a significant impact on %HD and HWD at higher quantiles in all regions except East, suggesting that drier soil moisture conditions tend to intensity summer hot extremes. It was also found that hot extremes (%HD and HWD at higher quantiles) had increased substantially from 1958 to 2010. Soil moisture also significantly affected the DTR in all regions, but tended to have more impacts on the DTR in soil moisture-limited regimes than in energy-limited regimes. This study provides observational evidence of soil moisture influences on hot extremes in East China.

  3. A nonlinear coupled soil moisture-vegetation model

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    Liu, Shikuo; Liu, Shida; Fu, Zuntao; Sun, Lan

    2005-06-01

    Based on the physical analysis that the soil moisture and vegetation depend mainly on the precipitation and evaporation as well as the growth, decay and consumption of vegetation a nonlinear dynamic coupled system of soil moisture-vegetation is established. Using this model, the stabilities of the steady states of vegetation are analyzed. This paper focuses on the research of the vegetation catastrophe point which represents the transition between aridness and wetness to a great extent. It is shown that the catastrophe point of steady states of vegetation depends mainly on the rainfall P and saturation value v0, which is selected to balance the growth and decay of vegetation. In addition, when the consumption of vegetation remains constant, the analytic solution of the vegetation equation is obtained.

  4. MoistureMap: A soil moisture monitoring, prediction and reporting system for sustainable land and water management

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    Walker, Jeff

    9 MoistureMap: A soil moisture monitoring, prediction and reporting system for sustainable land soil moisture at high resolution is critical for achieving sustainable land and water management. The fundamental limitation is that spatial and temporal variation in soil moisture is not well known, nor easy

  5. A microwave systems approach to measuring root zone soil moisture

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    Newton, R. W.; Paris, J. F.; Clark, B. V.

    1983-01-01

    Computer microwave satellite simulation models were developed and the program was used to test the ability of a coarse resolution passive microwave sensor to measure soil moisture over large areas, and to evaluate the effect of heterogeneous ground covers with the resolution cell on the accuracy of the soil moisture estimate. The use of realistic scenes containing only 10% to 15% bare soil and significant vegetation made it possible to observe a 60% K decrease in brightness temperature from a 5% soil moisture to a 35% soil moisture at a 21 cm microwave wavelength, providing a 1.5 K to 2 K per percent soil moisture sensitivity to soil moisture. It was shown that resolution does not affect the basic ability to measure soil moisture with a microwave radiometer system. Experimental microwave and ground field data were acquired for developing and testing a root zone soil moisture prediction algorithm. The experimental measurements demonstrated that the depth of penetration at a 21 cm microwave wavelength is not greater than 5 cm.

  6. Impact of Surface Soil Moisture of Pesticide Volatilization Fluxes

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    Volatilization of pesticides can detrimentally affect the environment by contaminating soil and surface waters many kilometers from where the pesticides were applied and intended. To improve quantifying the effect of soil moisture and meteorological interactions on pesticides volatization, metolach...

  7. Use of physically-based models and Soil Taxonomy to identify soil moisture classes: Problems and proposals

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    Bonfante, A.; Basile, A.; de Mascellis, R.; Manna, P.; Terribile, F.

    2009-04-01

    Soil classification according to Soil Taxonomy include, as fundamental feature, the estimation of soil moisture regime. The term soil moisture regime refers to the "presence or absence either of ground water or of water held at a tension of less than 1500 kPa in the soil or in specific horizons during periods of the year". In the classification procedure, defining of the soil moisture control section is the primary step in order to obtain the soil moisture regimes classification. Currently, the estimation of soil moisture regimes is carried out through simple calculation schemes, such as Newhall and Billaux models, and only in few cases some authors suggest the use of different more complex models (i.e., EPIC) In fact, in the Soil Taxonomy, the definition of the soil moisture control section is based on the wetting front position in two different conditions: the upper boundary is the depth to which a dry soil will be moistened by 2.5 cm of water within 24 hours and the lower boundary is the depth to which a dry soil will be moistened by 7.5 cm of water within 48 hours. Newhall, Billaux and EPIC models don't use physical laws to describe soil water flows, but they use a simple bucket-like scheme where the soil is divided into several compartments and water moves, instantly, only downward when the field capacity is achieved. On the other side, a large number of one-dimensional hydrological simulation models (SWAP, Cropsyst, Hydrus, MACRO, etc..) are available, tested and successfully used. The flow is simulated according to pressure head gradients through the numerical solution of the Richard's equation. These simulation models can be fruitful used to improve the study of soil moisture regimes. The aims of this work are: (i) analysis of the soil moisture control section concept by a physically based model (SWAP); (ii) comparison of the classification obtained in five different Italian pedoclimatic conditions (Mantova and Lodi in northern Italy; Salerno, Benevento and Caserta in southern Italy) applying the classical models (Newhall e Billaux) and the physically-based models (CropSyst e SWAP), The results have shown that the Soil Taxonomy scheme for the definition of the soil moisture regime is unrealistic for the considered Mediterranean soil hydrological conditions. In fact, the same classifications arise irrespective of the soil type. In this respect some suggestions on how modified the section control boundaries were formulated. Keywords: Soil moisture regimes, Newhall, Swap, Soil Taxonomy

  8. Tree species specific soil moisture patterns and dynamics through the seasons

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    Heidbüchel, Ingo; Dreibrodt, Janek; Simard, Sonia; Güntner, Andreas; Blume, Theresa

    2015-04-01

    Soil moisture patterns in the landscape are largely controlled by soil types (pore size distributions) and landscape position. But how strong is the influence of vegetation on patterns within a single soil type? While we would envision a clear difference in soil moisture patterns and responses between for example bare soil, a pasture and a forest, our conceptual images start to become less clear when we move on to different forest stands. Do different tree species cause different moisture patterns to emerge? Could it be possible to identify the dominant tree species of a site by classifying its soil moisture pattern? To investigate this question we analyzed data from 15 sensor clusters in the lowlands of north-eastern Germany (within the TERENO observatory) which were instrumented with soil moisture sensors (5 profiles per site), tensiometers, sap flow sensors, throughfall and stemflow gages. Data has been collected at these sites since May 2014. While the summer data has already been analyzed, the analysis of the winter data and thus the possible seasonal shifts in patterns will be carried out in the coming months. Throughout the last summer we found different dynamics of soil moisture patterns under pine trees compared to beech trees. While the soils under beech trees were more often relatively wet and more often relatively dry, the soils under pine trees showed less variability and more often average soil moisture. These differences are most likely due to differences in both throughfall patterns as well as root water uptake. Further analysis includes the use of throughfall and stemflow data as well as stable water isotope samples that were taken at different depths in the soil, in the groundwater and from the sapwood. The manifestation of tree species differences in soil moisture patterns and dynamics is likely to have implications for groundwater recharge, transit times and hydrologic partitioning.

  9. Soil moisture dynamics from satellite observations, land surface modeling, and field data

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    Choi, Minha

    Knowledge of soil moisture variability is essential to understand hydrologic processes at a range of scales. In this study, spatio-temporal variability of soil moisture and inter-comparison among different soil moisture products were analyzed. The variability patterns were well characterized by negative exponential fitting as function of observed sampling extent scale. The simple physical soil moisture dynamics model was identified as an alternative approach to characterize statistical soil moisture variability. The soil moisture variability was strongly related to physical properties including rainfall and topography. Normal and log-normal distributions were recognized as the most efficient probability density functions to capture soil moisture variability patterns for all conditions. Further, these variability patterns were well maintained for root zone profile and surface soil moisture time stable characteristics can be used to upper boundary for sub-surface time stability. Through inter-comparison analysis, average soil moisture from remotely sensed measurements, ground-based measurements, and land surface model results showed excellent agreement. However, remotely sensed soil moisture had little variation, especially during the growing season. There were complementary benefits with low random errors for the land surface model and low system errors for the remotely sensed data. The error characteristics of remotely sensed measurements can enhance the utility of satellite observations. The remote sensing measurements can provide relative soil moisture conditions to improve runoff predictions and analyze land surface-atmosphere interactions for regional climate predictions in data limited areas. However, their extremely limited variations must be refined prior to direct application in hydrological processes. Overall, the identified soil moisture variability patterns provide a new understanding of soil moisture dynamics and spatio-temporal variability patterns as related to physical variables. These organized characteristics are essential to predict land-atmosphere interactions, rainfall-runoff processes, and groundwater recharge processes. Practically, these findings can be used to calibrate land surface models and to estimate heterogeneity effects of land surface processes. Additionally, statistical information as a function of scale is critical to develop upscaling and down-scaling methodologies without significant loss of information. This dissertation's findings provide critical insight to hydrologic processes related to soil moisture at a range of scales.

  10. COMPARISON OF AMSRE AND MSMMN SOIL MOISTURE For each location shown in figure 2, the soil moisture timeseries for 2005 from the colocated AMSRE

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    Walker, Jeff

    COMPARISON OF AMSRE AND MSMMN SOIL MOISTURE For each location shown in figure 2, the soil moisture timeseries for 2005 from the colocated AMSRE grid has been compared to the MSMMN soil moisture (see figure 3 of an area average. In general, comparison of the timeseries of pointbased and areaaveraged soil moisture

  11. The moisture response of soil heterotrophic respiration: Interaction with soil properties.

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    Soil moisture-respiration functions are used to simulate the various mechanisms determining the relations between soil moisture content and carbon mineralization. Soil models used in the simulation of global carbon fluxes often apply simplified functions assumed to represent an average moisture-resp...

  12. Mapping Root Zone Soil Moisture Using Remotely Sensed Optical Imagery

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    Scott, Christopher

    Mapping Root Zone Soil Moisture Using Remotely Sensed Optical Imagery Christopher A. Scott1 ; Wim G data including thermal infrared , which allows field and landscape-scale mapping of soil moisture depth is demonstrated at the field scale using multitemporal thematic mapper imagery for irrigated areas near Cortazar

  13. The Influence of Soil Moisture Upon the Geothermal Climate Signal

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    Smerdon, Jason E.

    The Influence of Soil Moisture Upon the Geothermal Climate Signal A.W. England*, Xiaohua Lin fractions of the geothermal climate signal. One of the long-term objectives of this investigation is to use global EOS SAT and remotely sensed soil moisture to link region-specific, geothermal climate signal

  14. SMOS Soil Moisture Validation with Dense and Sparse Networks

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    Validation is an important but particularly challenging task for passive microwave remote sensing of soil moisture from Earth orbit. The key issue is spatial scale; conventional measurements of soil moisture are made at a point whereas satellite sensors provide an integrated area/volume value for a ...

  15. VALIDATION OF SATELLITE-BASED SOIL MOISTURE ALGORITHMS

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    Validation is an important but particularly challenging task for passive microwave remote sensing of soil moisture from Earth orbit. The key issue is spatial scale; conventional measurements of soil moisture are made at a point whereas satellite sensors provide an integrated area/volume value for a ...

  16. Soil moisture modeling and scaling using passive microwave remote sensing 

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    Das, Narendra N.

    2007-04-25

    scaling properties of surface soil moisture using passive microwave remote sensing. The study was divided into two parts. For the first study, a root zone soil moisture assessment tool (SMAT) was developed in the ArcGIS platform by fully integrating a one...

  17. WindSat Soil Moisture Algorithm and Validation

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    A WindSat land algorithm that retrieves global soil moisture and vegetation water content simultaneously using the physically-based multi-channel maximum-likelihood estimation was developed and evaluated. The retrievals agree well with soil moisture climatology, and in-situ data collected from a ser...

  18. Long term observation and validation of windsat soil moisture data

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    The surface soil moisture controls surface energy budget. It is a key environmental variable in the coupled atmospheric and hydrological processes that are related to drought, heat waves and monsoon formation. Satellite remote sensing of soil moisture provides information that can contribute to unde...

  19. Enhancing agricultural forecasting using SMOS surface soil moisture retrievals

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    With the onset of data availability from the ESA Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission (Kerr and Levine, 2008) and the expected 2015 launch of the NASA Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) mission (Entekhabi et al., 2010), the next five years should see a significant expansion in our ab...

  20. Steve Orloff, Blaine Hanson & Dan Putnam Soil-Moisture

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    Tate, Kenneth

    and to avoid stress from too much or too little water. Improper irrigation management limits yields more often Alfalfa and Pasture Irrigation Management Soil-Moisture Monitoring Soil-Moisture Monitoring A Simple Method to Improve Alfalfa and Pasture Irrigation Management #12;Irrigation water is essential

  1. Large Scale Field Campaign Contributions to Soil Moisture Remote Sensing

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    Large-scale field experiments have been an essential component of soil moisture remote sensing for over two decades. They have provided test beds for both the technology and science necessary to develop and refine satellite mission concepts. The high degree of spatial variability of soil moisture an...

  2. Diurnal variation of diazinon volatilization: Soil moisture effects

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    A field study was conducted to measure the effect of soil moisture on diazinon volatilization under typical semi-arid field conditions. The study comprised three experiments performed with differing soil moisture conditions. Over the course of each three day experiment, diurnal changes in volatiliz...

  3. Estimation of Soil Moisture With Dual-Frequency-PALS

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    The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether the NASA/JPL dual frequency airborne system, Passive Active L-band and S-band (PALS), can provide a reliable soil moisture measurements so that they can be integrated to provide soil moisture data at the scales of the spaceborne coarse resolutions. Th...

  4. Summer soil moisture spatiotemporal variability in southeastern Arizona

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    Soil moisture is important for many applications, but its measurements are lacking globally and even regionally. The Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW) in southeastern Arizona has measured nearsurface 5-cm soil moisture with 19 in situ probes since 2002 within its 150km2 area. Using various ...

  5. The Soil Moisture Active/Passive Mission (SMAP)

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    The Soil Moisture Active/Passive (SMAP) mission will deliver global views of soil moisture content and its freeze/thaw state that are critical terrestrial water cycle state variables. Polarized measurements obtained with a shared antenna L-band radar and radiometer system will allow accurate estima...

  6. An observing system simulation experiment for soil moisture measurements from the SMAP radiometer

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    Konings, Alexandra Georges

    2009-01-01

    The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, to be launched in 2013, will use both radiometer and radar data to estimate soil moisture. Improved soil moisture knowledge has many applications in hydroclimatology, ...

  7. Soil moisture determination study. [Guymon, Oklahoma

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    Blanchard, B. J.

    1979-01-01

    Soil moisture data collected in conjunction with aircraft sensor and SEASAT SAR data taken near Guymon, Oklahoma are summarized. In order to minimize the effects of vegetation and roughness three bare and uniformly smooth fields were sampled 6 times at three day intervals on the flight days from August 2 through 17. Two fields remained unirrigated and dry. A similar pair of fields was irrigated at different times during the sample period. In addition, eighteen other fields were sampled on the nonflight days with no field being sampled more than 24 hours from a flight time. The aircraft sensors used included either black and white or color infrared photography, L and C band passive microwave radiometers, the 13.3, 4.75, 1.6 and .4 GHz scatterometers, the 11 channel modular microwave scanner, and the PRT5.

  8. What is the philosophy of modelling soil moisture movement?

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    Chen, J.; Wu, Y.

    2009-12-01

    In laboratory, the soil moisture movement in the different soil textures has been analysed. From field investigation, at a spot, the soil moisture movement in the root zone, vadose zone and shallow aquifer has been explored. In addition, on ground slopes, the interflow in the near surface soil layers has been studied. Along the regions near river reaches, the expansion and shrink of the saturated area due to rainfall occurrences have been observed. From those previous explorations regarding soil moisture movement, numerical models to represent this hydrologic process have been developed. However, generally, due to high heterogeneity and stratification of soil in a basin, modelling soil moisture movement is rather challenging. Normally, some empirical equations or artificial manipulation are employed to adjust the soil moisture movement in various numerical models. In this study, we inspect the soil moisture movement equations used in a watershed model, SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) (Neitsch et al., 2005), to examine the limitations of our knowledge in such a hydrologic process. Then, we adopt the features of a topographic-information based on a hydrologic model, TOPMODEL (Beven and Kirkby, 1979), to enhance the representation of soil moisture movement in SWAT. Basically, the results of the study reveal, to some extent, the philosophy of modelling soil moisture movement in numerical models, which will be presented in the conference. Beven, K.J. and Kirkby, M.J., 1979. A physically based variable contributing area model of basin hydrology. Hydrol. Science Bulletin, 24: 43-69. Neitsch, S.L., Arnold, J.G., Kiniry, J.R., Williams, J.R. and King, K.W., 2005. Soil and Water Assessment Tool Theoretical Documentation, Grassland, soil and research service, Temple, TX.

  9. On the effects of hydrological model structure on soil moisture data assimilation

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    Corato, Giovanni; Matgen, Patrick; Giustarini, Laura; Fenicia, Fabrizio

    2013-04-01

    Nowadays, satellite sensors allow obtaining soil moisture estimates at global scale with an adequate temporal and spatial resolution, thereby offering a theoretical chance to improve flood-forecasting systems based on rainfall-runoff models. In fact, the knowledge of antecedent soil moisture conditions plays a crucial role in predicting catchment response to rainfall events. In the literature, several studies have focused on the assimilation of soil moisture data into hydrological models. The results of these studies tend to show that an improvement in discharge and soil moisture forecasts can be obtained when the assimilated information originates from accurate in situ measurements. When dealing with the assimilation of remote sensing-derived soil moisture data, the reported results are more controversial. There is no doubt that the performances of soil moisture data assimilation studies depend on many factors: data assimilation scheme, hydrological model structure, accuracy and resolution of soil moisture data. As of today, these dependences are not well understood and the disparity of outcomes in past studies arguably reflects the differences in the design of the experiments. In this general context, the aim of this study is to investigate the effects of hydrological model structures on soil moisture data assimilation performance. The analysis focuses on the vertical "stratification" of the soil column in a conceptual hydrological model. We consider multiple structures that differ by the number of soil reservoirs and their respective sizes. The recently introduced SUPERFLEX hydrological modelling framework is used to this end. In fact, this framework allows building and modifying multiple hydrological models by combining three basic building blocks: reservoirs, lag functions and junctions. As a data assimilation scheme, the particle filter was considered. The area of interest is the Alzette catchment (1200 km2), located in Luxembourg, while the analysed period spans from 2005 to 2011. The results of our study provide some insights on model structure requirements supporting an optimal usage of in situ measured and remotely sensed soil moisture data for operational hydrology.

  10. SOIL MOISTURE CHARACTERISTICS IN UPPER PART OF HINDON RIVER CATCHMENT

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    Kumar, C.P.

    1 SOIL MOISTURE CHARACTERISTICS IN UPPER PART OF HINDON RIVER CATCHMENT C. P. Kumar* Vijay Kumar** Vivekanand Singh*** ABSTRACT Knowledge of the physics of soil water movement is crucial to the solution for estimating the soil hydraulic properties are required for prediction of soil water flow. This paper presents

  11. Spatial-temporal variability of soil moisture and its estimation across scales

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    Brocca, L.; Melone, F.; Moramarco, T.; Morbidelli, R.

    2010-02-01

    The soil moisture is a quantity of paramount importance in the study of hydrologic phenomena and soil-atmosphere interaction. Because of its high spatial and temporal variability, the soil moisture monitoring scheme was investigated here both for soil moisture retrieval by remote sensing and in view of the use of soil moisture data in rainfall-runoff modeling. To this end, by using a portable Time Domain Reflectometer, a sequence of 35 measurement days were carried out within a single year in seven fields located inside the Vallaccia catchment, central Italy, with area of 60 km2. Every sampling day, soil moisture measurements were collected at each field over a regular grid with an extension of 2000 m2. The optimization of the monitoring scheme, with the aim of an accurate mean soil moisture estimation at the field and catchment scale, was addressed by the statistical and the temporal stability. At the field scale, the number of required samples (NRS) to estimate the field-mean soil moisture within an accuracy of 2%, necessary for the validation of remotely sensed soil moisture, ranged between 4 and 15 for almost dry conditions (the worst case); at the catchment scale, this number increased to nearly 40 and it refers to almost wet conditions. On the other hand, to estimate the mean soil moisture temporal pattern, useful for rainfall-runoff modeling, the NRS was found to be lower. In fact, at the catchment scale only 10 measurements collected in the most "representative" field, previously determined through the temporal stability analysis, can reproduce the catchment-mean soil moisture with a determination coefficient, R2, higher than 0.96 and a root-mean-square error, RMSE, equal to 2.38%. For the "nonrepresentative" fields the accuracy in terms of RMSE decreased, but similar R2 coefficients were found. This insight can be exploited for the sampling in a generic field when it is sufficient to know an index of soil moisture temporal pattern to be incorporated in conceptual rainfall-runoff models. The obtained results can address the soil moisture monitoring network design from which a reliable soil moisture temporal pattern at the catchment scale can be derived.

  12. Estimating root-zone soil moisture via the simultaneous assimilation of thermal and microwave soil moisture retrievals

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    The upcoming deployment of satellite-based microwave sensors designed specifically to retrieve surface soil moisture represents an important milestone in efforts to develop hydrologic applications for remote sensing observations. However, the vertical support of microwave-based surface soil moistur...

  13. Evaluation of Ku-Band Sensitivity To Soil Moisture: Soil Moisture Change Detection Over the NAFE06 Study Area

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    A very promising technique for spatial disaggregation of soil moisture is on the combination of radiometer and radar observations. Despite their demonstrated potential for long term large scale monitoring of soil moisture, passive and active have their disadvantages in terms of temporal and spatial ...

  14. Upscaling sparse ground-based soil moisture observations for the validation of satellite surface soil moisture products

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    The contrast between the point-scale nature of current ground-based soil moisture instrumentation and the footprint resolution (typically >100 square kilometers) of satellites used to retrieve soil moisture poses a significant challenge for the validation of data products from satellite missions suc...

  15. Geophysical mapping of variations in soil moisture

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    Ioane, Dumitru; Scradeanu, Daniel; Chitea, Florina; Garbacea, George

    2010-05-01

    The geophysical investigation of soil characteristics is a matter of great actuality for agricultural, hydrogeological, geotechnical or archaeological purposes. The geophysical mapping of soil quality is subject of a recently started scientific project in Romania: "Soil investigation and monitoring techniques - modern tools for implementing the precision agriculture in Romania - CNCSIS 998/2009". One of the first studied soil parameter is moisture content, in irrigated or non-irrigated agricultural areas. The geophysical techniques employed in two areas located within the Romanian Plain, Prahova and Buzau counties, are the following: - electromagnetic (EM), using the EM38B (Geonics) conductivity meter for getting areal distribution of electric conductivity and magnetic susceptibility; - electric resistivity tomography (ERT), using the SuperSting (AGI) multi-electrode instrument for getting in-depth distribution of electric resistivity. The electric conductivity mapping was carried out on irrigated cultivated land in a vegetable farm in the Buzau county, the distribution of conductivity being closely related to the soil water content due to irrigation works. The soil profile is represented by a chernozem with the following structure: Am (0 - 40 cm), Bt (40-150 cm), Bt/C (150-170 cm), C (starting at 170 cm). The electromagnetic measurements showed large variations of this geophysical parameter within different cultivated sectors, ranging from 40 mS/m to 85 mS/m. The close association between conductivity and water content in this area is illustrated by such geophysical measurements on profiles situated at ca 50 m on non-irrigated land, displaying a mean value of 15 mS/m. This low conductivity is due to quite long time interval, of about three weeks, without precipitations. The ERT measurements using multi-electrode acquisition systems for 2D and 3D results, showed by means of electric resistivity variations, the penetration of water along the cultivated rows from the drip system. The mean depth of water penetration is about 0.5 m, while the depth level where the irrigation water is accumulating in a continuous wet layer is about 0.7 m. Magnetic susceptibility measurements performed on the soil profile in this area showed highest values on the Am layer, an important decrease within the Bt layer, followed by a weak increase toward the C layer. Electric conductivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements were carried out on profiles crossing non-irrigated cultivated areas in the Prahova county. The variations of electric conductivity, ranging between 10 and 30 mS/m is considered to be related mainly to the moisture content. Highest values of electric conductivity, greater than 50 mS/m, correlated with anomalies of magnetic susceptibility, were recorded over buried metallic pipes of various sizes, the cultivated land being located between an oil refinery and green-houses.

  16. Effects of soil moisture and temperature on overwintering survival of Curculio larvae (Coleoptera : Curculionidae)

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    Ricca, M.A.; Weckerly, F.W.; Semlitsch, R.D.

    1996-01-01

    Few studies to date have investigated factors, other than mast crop size, that influence the dynamics of Curculio populations.W e examined the effects of varying levels of soil moisture (0.35, 0.4 and 0.5 g water/g soil) and temperature (8, 14 and 20 C) on over wintering survival of Curculio larvae collected from Quercus michauxii acorns. Survival of larvae, analyzed using log-linear analysis, was adversely affected by soil moisture but not by soil temperature. Larvae that overwinter in drier soil may have higher probabilities of successfully metamorphosing.

  17. Impact of Soil Moisture-Atmosphere Interactions on Surface Temperature Distribution

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    Berg, A. M.; Lintner, B. R.; Findell, K. L.; Gentine, P.; Malyshev, S.

    2013-12-01

    Land-atmosphere interactions are a key physical process in the climate system. One of the critical variables involved in these interactions is soil moisture, as it partly controls radiative and turbulent heat fluxes to the atmosphere. Through these processes, soil moisture variability has the potential to feed back on near-surface hydroclimate, in particular temperature. This study investigates simulations performed at GFDL in the frame of the GLACE-CMIP5 project to investigate soil moisture feedbacks : a coupled land-atmosphere model was run over 1950-2100 with transient forcings, prescribed SSTs (derived from the corresponding historical and future coupled CMIP5 simulations) and with either interactive soil moisture, or soil moisture prescribed to its 1971-2000 climatology. Here we compare in particular the two simulations over 1971-2000, isolating the effect of soil moisture dynamics (since soil moisture climatology is identical) on the simulated climate. We place the emphasis on the distribution of daily near-surface temperatures, and how the associated probability distribution function is shaped by soil moisture-atmosphere interactions. We show that soil moisture dynamics strongly enhance both temperature mean and variability over apparent regional 'hotspots'. Moreover, higher-order distribution moments such as skewness and kurtosis are also significantly impacted: in particular, skewness generally becomes more positive with interactive soil moisture, suggesting an asymmetric impact on hot and cold anomalies. We interpret these changes by considering changes in the distributions of the surface radiative and turbulent fluxes. Importantly, the different temperature pdf parameters are not all affected at the same time or in a similar way in different regions. These different behaviors underscore the importance of analyzing all distribution moments to fully characterize the impacts of soil moisture-atmosphere interactions on surface temperature. In addition, we show that soil moisture dynamics impact daily temperature variability at different time over different regions in the model. The impacts of soil moisture dynamics on the distribution of surface temperatures have implications for the analysis (attribution, projections) of extreme temperature events.

  18. Evaluating the Utility of Remotely-Sensed Soil Moisture Retrievals for Operational Agricultural Drought Monitoring

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    Bolten, John D.; Crow, Wade T.; Zhan, Xiwu; Jackson, Thomas J.; Reynolds,Curt

    2010-01-01

    Soil moisture is a fundamental data source used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) International Production Assessment Division (IPAD) to monitor crop growth stage and condition and subsequently, globally forecast agricultural yields. Currently, the USDA IPAD estimates surface and root-zone soil moisture using a two-layer modified Palmer soil moisture model forced by global precipitation and temperature measurements. However, this approach suffers from well-known errors arising from uncertainty in model forcing data and highly simplified model physics. Here we attempt to correct for these errors by designing and applying an Ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) data assimilation system to integrate surface soil moisture retrievals from the NASA Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) into the USDA modified Palmer soil moisture model. An assessment of soil moisture analysis products produced from this assimilation has been completed for a five-year (2002 to 2007) period over the North American continent between 23degN - 50degN and 128degW - 65degW. In particular, a data denial experimental approach is utilized to isolate the added utility of integrating remotely-sensed soil moisture by comparing EnKF soil moisture results obtained using (relatively) low-quality precipitation products obtained from real-time satellite imagery to baseline Palmer model runs forced with higher quality rainfall. An analysis of root-zone anomalies for each model simulation suggests that the assimilation of AMSR-E surface soil moisture retrievals can add significant value to USDA root-zone predictions derived from real-time satellite precipitation products.

  19. Soil moisture and the persistence of North American drought

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    Oglesby, Robert J.; Erickson, David J., III

    1989-01-01

    Numerical sensitivity experiments on the effects of soil moisture on North American summertime climate are performed using a 12-layer global atmospheric general circulation model. Consideration is given to the hypothesis that reduced soil moisture may induce and amplify warm, dry summers of midlatitude continental interiors. The simulations resemble the conditions of the summer of 1988, including an extensive drought over much of North America. It is found that a reduction in soil moisture leads to an increase in surface temperature, lower surface pressure, increased ridging aloft, and a northward shift of the jet stream. It is shown that low-level moisture advection from the Gulf of Mexico is important in the maintenance of persistent soil moisture deficits.

  20. NASA Giovanni: A Tool for Visualizing, Analyzing, and Inter-Comparing Soil Moisture Data

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    Teng, William; Rui, Hualan; Vollmer, Bruce; deJeu, Richard; Fang, Fan; Lei, Guang-Dih

    2012-01-01

    There are many existing satellite soil moisture algorithms and their derived data products, but there is no simple way for a user to inter-compare the products or analyze them together with other related data (e.g., precipitation). An environment that facilitates such inter-comparison and analysis would be useful for validation of satellite soil moisture retrievals against in situ data and for determining the relationships between different soil moisture products. The latter relationships are particularly important for applications users, for whom the continuity of soil moisture data, from whatever source, is critical. A recent example was provided by the sudden demise of EOS Aqua AMSR-E and the end of its soil moisture data production, as well as the end of other soil moisture products that had used the AMSR-E brightness temperature data. The purpose of the current effort is to create an environment, as part of the NASA Giovanni family of portals, that facilitates inter-comparisons of soil moisture algorithms and their derived data products.

  1. Estimation of Soil Moisture Profile using a Simple Hydrology Model and Passive Microwave Remote Sensing

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    Soman, Vishwas V.; Crosson, William L.; Laymon, Charles; Tsegaye, Teferi

    1998-01-01

    Soil moisture is an important component of analysis in many Earth science disciplines. Soil moisture information can be obtained either by using microwave remote sensing or by using a hydrologic model. In this study, we combined these two approaches to increase the accuracy of profile soil moisture estimation. A hydrologic model was used to analyze the errors in the estimation of soil moisture using the data collected during Huntsville '96 microwave remote sensing experiment in Huntsville, Alabama. Root mean square errors (RMSE) in soil moisture estimation increase by 22% with increase in the model input interval from 6 hr to 12 hr for the grass-covered plot. RMSEs were reduced for given model time step by 20-50% when model soil moisture estimates were updated using remotely-sensed data. This methodology has a potential to be employed in soil moisture estimation using rainfall data collected by a space-borne sensor, such as the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, if remotely-sensed data are available to update the model estimates.

  2. A Comparison of Methods for a Priori Bias Correction in Soil Moisture Data Assimilation

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    Kumar, Sujay V.; Reichle, Rolf H.; Harrison, Kenneth W.; Peters-Lidard, Christa D.; Yatheendradas, Soni; Santanello, Joseph A.

    2011-01-01

    Data assimilation is being increasingly used to merge remotely sensed land surface variables such as soil moisture, snow and skin temperature with estimates from land models. Its success, however, depends on unbiased model predictions and unbiased observations. Here, a suite of continental-scale, synthetic soil moisture assimilation experiments is used to compare two approaches that address typical biases in soil moisture prior to data assimilation: (i) parameter estimation to calibrate the land model to the climatology of the soil moisture observations, and (ii) scaling of the observations to the model s soil moisture climatology. To enable this research, an optimization infrastructure was added to the NASA Land Information System (LIS) that includes gradient-based optimization methods and global, heuristic search algorithms. The land model calibration eliminates the bias but does not necessarily result in more realistic model parameters. Nevertheless, the experiments confirm that model calibration yields assimilation estimates of surface and root zone soil moisture that are as skillful as those obtained through scaling of the observations to the model s climatology. Analysis of innovation diagnostics underlines the importance of addressing bias in soil moisture assimilation and confirms that both approaches adequately address the issue.

  3. Soil moisture tendencies into the next century for the conterminous United States

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    Georgakakos, Konstantine P.; Smith, Diane E.

    2000-01-01

    A monthly snow-pack and soil- moisture accounting model is formulated for application to each of the climate divisions of the conterminous United States for use in climate impacts-assessment studies. Statistical downscaling and bias-adjustment components complement the model for the assimilation of large-scale global climate model data. Simulations of the formulated model driven by precipitation and temperature for the period 1931-1998 produce streamflows that are broadly consistent with observed data from several drainage basins in the US. Simulated historical soil moisture fields reproduce several features of the available observed soil moisture in the Midwest. The simulations produce large-scale coherent seasonal patterns of soil moisture field- moments over the conterminous US, with high soil moisture means over divisions in the Ohio Valley, the northeastern US and the Pacific Northwest, and with pronounced low means in most of the western US climate divisions. Characteristically low field-standard- deviations are produced for the Ohio Valley and northeastern US, and the Pacific Northwest in winter, and the southwestern US in summer. Differences in extreme standardized anomalies of soil moisture over the historical record range possess high values (2.5 - 3) in the central US where the available water capacity of the soils is high. An application of the model to exemplify the methodology for determining projected US monthly soil moisture fields under control and greenhouse gas forcing is also documented. Climate simulations of the coupled global climate model from the Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis were used for these sensitivity examples. The climatology of the control-run soil moisture fields reproduces several characteristic features of the historical soil moisture climatology. Simulations with forcing by a 1% greenhouse-gas- increase scenario show that for at least the first few decades of the 21 st Century somewhat drier-than-present soil conditions are projected, with highest drying trends found in the southeastern US. The soil moisture deficits in most areas are of the same order of magnitude as the soil moisture field-standard- deviations aris ing from historical natural variability. In a companion paper (Brumbelow and A. Georgakakos, 2000), the monthly soil moisture fields for the historical, control and greenhouse-gas-increase runs are used to initialize a site-specific daily crop yield model at the start of the growing season. Assessments of potential impacts of climate variability and trends on irrigation requirements and crop yield across the conterminous US are made.

  4. Microwave remote sensing and its application to soil moisture detection

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    Newton, R. W. (principal investigator)

    1977-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. Experimental measurements were utilized to demonstrate a procedure for estimating soil moisture, using a passive microwave sensor. The investigation showed that 1.4 GHz and 10.6 GHz can be used to estimate the average soil moisture within two depths; however, it appeared that a frequency less than 10.6 GHz would be preferable for the surface measurement. Average soil moisture within two depths would provide information on the slope of the soil moisture gradient near the surface. Measurements showed that a uniform surface roughness similar to flat tilled fields reduced the sensitivity of the microwave emission to soil moisture changes. Assuming that the surface roughness was known, the approximate soil moisture estimation accuracy at 1.4 GHz calculated for a 25% average soil moisture and an 80% degree of confidence, was +3% and -6% for a smooth bare surface, +4% and -5% for a medium rough surface, and +5.5% and -6% for a rough surface.

  5. Validation of Satellite Soil Moisture Retrievals using Precipitation Records in India

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    Karthikeyan, L.; Nagesh Kumar, D.

    2014-11-01

    Soil moisture plays crucial role in influencing the components of hydrologic cycle and thus used for large range of applications such as climate predictions, agriculture management and flood/drought modelling. The current work focuses on establishing a measure to check the performance of passive microwave satellite soil moisture data using rainfall information over India. The measure is developed based on the concepts of information theory and copulas. Two soil moisture products developed by, VUA-NASA (jointly by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and NASA) and university of Montana are tested with the proposed measure using IMD rainfall data at 0.25° latitude-longitude spatial resolution. The measure conveyed that soil moisture product by university of Montana has outperformed over its counterpart. Further analysis concluded that under moderate climate conditions, Montana product could be used for analysis whereas for study in extreme weather conditions it may be necessary to check the usefulness of VUA-NASA product.

  6. The impact of land surface temperature on soil moisture anomaly detection from passive microwave observations

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    Parinussa, R. M.; Holmes, T. R. H.; Yilmaz, M. T.; Crow, W. T.

    2011-10-01

    For several years passive microwave observations have been used to retrieve soil moisture from the Earth's surface. Low frequency observations have the most sensitivity to soil moisture, therefore the current Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) and future Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) satellite missions observe the Earth's surface in the L-band frequency. In the past, several satellite sensors such as the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-EOS (AMSR-E) and WindSat have been used to retrieve surface soil moisture using multi-channel observations obtained at higher microwave frequencies. While AMSR-E and WindSat lack an L-band channel, they are able to leverage multi-channel microwave observations to estimate additional land surface parameters. In particular, the availability of Ka-band observations allows AMSR-E and WindSat to obtain coincident surface temperature estimates required for the retrieval of surface soil moisture. In contrast, SMOS and SMAP carry only a single frequency radiometer and therefore lack an instrument suited to estimate the physical temperature of the Earth. Instead, soil moisture algorithms from these new generation satellites rely on ancillary sources of surface temperature (e.g. re-analysis or near real time data from weather prediction centres). A consequence of relying on such ancillary data is the need for temporal and spatial interpolation, which may introduce uncertainties. Here, two newly-developed, large-scale soil moisture evaluation techniques, the triple collocation (TC) approach and the Rvalue data assimilation approach, are applied to quantify the global-scale impact of replacing Ka-band based surface temperature retrievals with Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) surface temperature output on the accuracy of WindSat and AMSR-E based surface soil moisture retrievals. Results demonstrate that under sparsely vegetated conditions, the use of MERRA land surface temperature instead of Ka-band radiometric land surface temperature leads to a relative decrease in skill (on average 9.7%) of soil moisture anomaly estimates. However the situation is reversed for highly vegetated conditions where soil moisture anomaly estimates show a relative increase in skill (on average 13.7%) when using MERRA land surface temperature. In addition, a pre-processing technique to shift phase of the modelled surface temperature is shown to generally enhance the value of MERRA surface temperature estimates for soil moisture retrieval. Finally, a very high correlation (R2 = 0.95) and consistency between the two evaluation techniques lends further credibility to the obtained results.

  7. Is soil moisture initialization important for seasonal to decadal predictions?

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    Stacke, Tobias; Hagemann, Stefan

    2014-05-01

    The state of soil moisture can can have a significant impact on regional climate conditions for short time scales up to several months. However, focusing on seasonal to decadal time scales, it is not clear whether the predictive skill of global a Earth System Model might be enhanced by assimilating soil moisture data or improving the initial soil moisture conditions with respect to observations. As a first attempt to provide answers to this question, we set up an experiment to investigate the life time (memory) of extreme soil moisture states in the coupled land-atmosphere model ECHAM6-JSBACH, which is part of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology's Earth System Model (MPI-ESM). This experiment consists of an ensemble of 3 years simulations which are initialized with extreme wet and dry soil moisture states for different seasons and years. Instead of using common thresholds like wilting point or critical soil moisture, the extreme states were extracted from a reference simulation to ensure that they are within the range of simulated climate variability. As a prerequisite for this experiment, the soil hydrology in JSBACH was improved by replacing the bucket-type soil hydrology scheme with a multi-layer scheme. This new scheme is a more realistic representation of the soil, including percolation and diffusion fluxes between up to five separate layers, the limitation of bare soil evaporation to the uppermost soil layer and the addition of a long term water storage below the root zone in regions with deep soil. While the hydrological cycle is not strongly affected by this new scheme, it has some impact on the simulated soil moisture memory which is mostly strengthened due to the additional deep layer water storage. Ensemble statistics of the initialization experiment indicate perturbation lengths between just a few days up to several seasons for some regions. In general, the strongest effects are seen for wet initialization during northern winter over cold and humid regions, while the shortest memory is found during northern spring. For most regions, the soil moisture memory is either sensitive to wet or to dry perturbations, indicating that soil moisture anomalies interact with the respective weather pattern for a given year and might be able to enhance or dampen extreme conditions. To further investigate this effect, the simulations will be repeated using JSBACH with prescribed meteorological forcing to better disentangle the direct effects of soil moisture initialization and the atmospheric response.

  8. Long-term soil moisture variability from a new P-E water budget method

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    Zeng, N.; Yoon, J.; Mariotti, A.; Swenson, S. C.

    2006-05-01

    Basin-scale soil moisture is traditionally estimated using either land-surface model forced by observed meteorological variables or atmospheric moisture convergence from atmospheric analysis and observed runoff. Interannual variability from such methods suffer from major uncertainties due to the sensitivity to small imperfections in the land-surface model or the atmospheric analysis. Here we introduce a novel P-E method in estimating basin-scale soil moisture, or more precisely apparent land water storage (AWS). The key input variables are observed precipitation and runoff, and reconstructed evaporation. We show the results for the tropics using the example of the Amazon basin. The seasonal cycle of diagnosed soil moisture over the Amazon is about 200mm, compares favorably with satellite estimate from the GRACE mission, thus lending confidence both in this method and the usefulness of space gravity based large-scale soil moisture estimate. This is about twice as large as estimates from several traditional methods, suggesting that current models tend to under estimate the soil moisture variability. One of the advantage of the P-E method is to retrive long-term variability of the basin-scale soil moisture (including interannual and decadal time scales), which can provide valuable information to understand climate variability and to predict future climate condition. However, validation on reconstructed evaporation is very difficult due to lack of observation. The interannual variability in AWS in the Amazon basin is about 150mm, also consistent with GRACE data, but much larger than model results. We also apply this P-E method to the midlatitude Mississippi basin and discuss the impact of major 20th century droughts such as the dust bowl period on the long-term soil moisture variability. The results suggest the existence of soil moisture memories on decadal time scales, significantly longer than typically assumed seasonal timescales.

  9. Remote monitoring of soil moisture using airborne microwave radiometers

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    Kroll, C. L.

    1973-01-01

    The current status of microwave radiometry is provided. The fundamentals of the microwave radiometer are reviewed with particular reference to airborne operations, and the interpretative procedures normally used for the modeling of the apparent temperature are presented. Airborne microwave radiometer measurements were made over selected flight lines in Chickasha, Oklahoma and Weslaco, Texas. Extensive ground measurements of soil moisture were made in support of the aircraft mission over the two locations. In addition, laboratory determination of the complex permittivities of soil samples taken from the flight lines were made with varying moisture contents. The data were analyzed to determine the degree of correlation between measured apparent temperatures and soil moisture content.

  10. Role of Subsurface Physics in the Assimilation of Surface Soil Moisture Observations

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    Reichle, R. H.

    2010-01-01

    Root zone soil moisture controls the land-atmosphere exchange of water and energy and exhibits memory that may be useful for climate prediction at monthly scales. Assimilation of satellite-based surface soil moisture observations into a land surface model is an effective way to estimate large-scale root zone soil moisture. The propagation of surface information into deeper soil layers depends on the model-specific representation of subsurface physics that is used in the assimilation system. In a suite of experiments we assimilate synthetic surface soil moisture observations into four different models (Catchment, Mosaic, Noah and CLM) using the Ensemble Kalman Filter. We demonstrate that identical twin experiments significantly overestimate the information that can be obtained from the assimilation of surface soil moisture observations. The second key result indicates that the potential of surface soil moisture assimilation to improve root zone information is higher when the surface to root zone coupling is stronger. Our experiments also suggest that (faced with unknown true subsurface physics) overestimating surface to root zone coupling in the assimilation system provides more robust skill improvements in the root zone compared with underestimating the coupling. When CLM is excluded from the analysis, the skill improvements from using models with different vertical coupling strengths are comparable for different subsurface truths. Finally, the skill improvements through assimilation were found to be sensitive to the regional climate and soil types.

  11. ReproducedfromSoilScienceSocietyofAmericaJournal.PublishedbySoilScienceSocietyofAmerica.Allcopyrightsreserved. Post-fire Soil Water Repellency: Persistence and Soil Moisture Thresholds

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    MacDonald, Lee

    ScienceSocietyofAmerica.Allcopyrightsreserved. Post-fire Soil Water Repellency: Persistence and Soil Moisture Thresholds Lee H. MacDonald* and Edward on the persistence of soil water repellency and the soil moisture threshold at which water were the primary over time and identify on soil water repellency because of the large variability soil moisture

  12. The Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) Mission

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    Entekhabi, Dara; Nijoku, Eni G.; ONeill, Peggy E.; Kellogg, Kent H.; Crow, Wade T.; Edelstein, Wendy N.; Entin, Jared K.; Goodman, Shawn D.; Jackson, Thomas J.; Johnson, Joel; Kimball, John; Piepmeier, Jeffrey R.; Koster, Randal D.; McDonald, Kyle C.; Moghaddam, Mahta; Moran, Susan; Reichle, Rolf; Shi, J. C.; Spencer, Michael W.; Thurman, Samuel W.; Tsang, Leung; VanZyl, Jakob

    2009-01-01

    The Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) Mission is one of the first Earth observation satellites being developed by NASA in response to the National Research Council s Decadal Survey. SMAP will make global measurements of the moisture present at Earth's land surface and will distinguish frozen from thawed land surfaces. Direct observations of soil moisture and freeze/thaw state from space will allow significantly improved estimates of water, energy and carbon transfers between land and atmosphere. Soil moisture measurements are also of great importance in assessing flooding and monitoring drought. SMAP observations can help mitigate these natural hazards, resulting in potentially great economic and social benefits. SMAP soil moisture and freeze/thaw timing observations will also reduce a major uncertainty in quantifying the global carbon balance by helping to resolve an apparent missing carbon sink on land over the boreal latitudes. The SMAP mission concept would utilize an L-band radar and radiometer. These instruments will share a rotating 6-meter mesh reflector antenna to provide high-resolution and high-accuracy global maps of soil moisture and freeze/thaw state every two to three days. The SMAP instruments provide direct measurements of surface conditions. In addition, the SMAP project will use these observations with advanced modeling and data assimilation to provide deeper root-zone soil moisture and estimates of land surface-atmosphere exchanges of water, energy and carbon. SMAP is scheduled for a 2014 launch date

  13. SOIL MOISTURE RETENTION CHARACTERISTICS AND HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY FOR DIFFERENT AREAS IN INDIA IN SELECTED STATES

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    Kumar, C.P.

    SOIL MOISTURE RETENTION CHARACTERISTICS AND HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY FOR DIFFERENT AREAS IN INDIA systems require knowledge of the relationships between soil moisture content (), soil water pressure (h) and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity (K). This study involved field and laboratory determination of soil

  14. EVALUATION OF MOISTURE FLUX FROM CHLORIDE DATA IN DESERT SOILS*

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    Scanlon, Bridget R.

    EVALUATION OF MOISTURE FLUX FROM CHLORIDE DATA IN DESERT SOILS* Bridget R. Scanlon Bureau chloride data in desert soils. J. Hydrol., 128: 137-156. Chloride-concentration data from 10 soil profiles in a 40 km2 area of the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas were used to assess chloride mass balance methods

  15. Multi-frequency SAR data for soil surface moisture estimation over agricultural fields

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    Zribi, Mehrez; Baghdadi, Nicolas

    2015-04-01

    Soil moisture plays a crucial role in the continental water cycle, in particular through its influence on the distribution of precipitation between surface runoff and infiltration, which is the main driver behind most hydrological and geomorphologic processes. Although there is now a good understanding of soil hydrodynamics and water transfer in porous media, the development of reliable techniques allowing field heterogeneities to be fully analyzed in space and time remains a key issue. In recent decades, various inversion models have been proposed for the retrieval of surface parameters (mainly soil moisture and surface roughness) from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) high resolution measurements. The proposed techniques depend particularly on two instrumental parameters: the radar system's spatial resolution and the number of configurations measured during satellite acquisitions (mainly incidence angle and polarization). In this paper, our objective is to illustrate different applications of SAR data to estimate soil moisture over bare soil and vegetation cover areas (wheat, olive groves, meadows ...). Potential of very high resolution data, with the availability of TerraSAR-X and COSMO-SkyMed constellations is also discussed. This study is based on different experimental campaigns organized over different sites in humid and semi-arid regions. Ground measurements (soil moisture, soil roughness, vegetation description) over test fields were carried out simultaneously to SAR measurements. Effect of vegetation attenuation on radar signal is considered through a synergy with optical remote sensing. Soil moisture precision for all proposed applications is generally ranged between 3 and 5% of volumetric moisture. These methodologies are developed in the context of the preparation for having a high soil moisture operational product, with SENTINEL and/or the other planned constellations. After an analysis of radar data sensitivity (C and X bands) to surface parameters, different inversion approaches are developed to estimate soil moisture (change detection, neural network, and physical or semi-empirical model inversion).

  16. ANALYSIS AND MAPPING OF FIELD-SCALE SOIL MOISTURE VARIABILITY USING HIGH-RESOLUTION, GROUND-BASED DATA DURING THE SOUTHERN GREAT PLAINS 1997 (SGP97) HYDROLOGY EXPERIMENT

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    Soil moisture is an important state variable in the hydrologic cycle, and its spatiotemporal distribution depends on many geophysical processes operating at different spatial and temporal scales. To achieve a better accounting of the water and energy budgets at the land-atmosphere boundary, it is n...

  17. Soil Albedo in Relation to Soil Color, Moisture and Roughness

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    Fontes, Adan Fimbres

    Land surface albedo is the ratio of reflected to incident solar radiation. It is a function of several surface parameters including soil color, moisture, roughness and vegetation cover. A better understanding of albedo and how it changes in relation to variations in these parameters is important in order to help improve our ability to model the effects of land surface modifications on climate. The objectives of this study were (1) To determine empirical relationships between smooth bare soil albedo and soil color, (2) To develop statistical relationships between albedo and ground-based thematic mapper (TM) measurements of spectral reflectances, (3) To determine how increased surface roughness caused by tillage reduces bare soil albedo and (4) To empirically relate albedo with TM data and other physical characteristics of mixed grass/shrubland sites at Walnut Gulch Watershed. Albedos, colors and spectral reflectances were measured by Eppley pyranometer, Chroma Meter CR-200 and a Spectron SE-590, respectively. Measurements were made on two field soils (Gila and Pima) at the Campus Agricultural Center (CAC), Tucson, AZ. Soil surface roughness was measured by a profile meter developed by the USDA/ARS. Additional measurements were made at the Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) for statistical model testing. Albedos of the 15 smooth, bare soils (plus silica sand) were determined by linear regression to be highly correlated (r^2 = 0.93, p > 0.01) with color values for both wet and dry soil conditions. Albedos of the same smooth bare soils were also highly correlated (r^2>=q 0.86, p > 0.01) with spectral reflectances. Testing of the linear regression equations relating albedo to soil color and spectral reflectances using the data from MAC showed a high correlation. A general nonlinear relationship given by y = 8.366ln(x) + 37.802 r^2 = 0.71 was determined between percent reduction in albedo (y) and surface roughness index (x) for wet and dry Pima and Gila field soils. Measurements of albedo, color and spectral reflectance at the Walnut Gulch Watershed indicated that albedo values were highly correlated with percent rock & gravel, color value and reflectance data (TM bands 1-4).

  18. Field Observations of Soil Moisture Variability across Scales

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    Famiglietti, James S.; Ryu, Dongryeol; Berg, Aaron A.; Rodell, Matthew; Jackson, Thomas J.

    2008-01-01

    In this study, over 36,000 ground-based soil moisture measurements collected during the SGP97, SGP99, SMEX02, and SMEX03 field campaigns were analyzed to characterize the behavior of soil moisture variability across scales. The field campaigns were conducted in Oklahoma and Iowa in the central USA. The Oklahoma study region is sub-humid with moderately rolling topography, while the Iowa study region is humid with low-relief topography. The relationship of soil moisture standard deviation, skewness and the coefficient of variation versus mean moisture content was explored at six distinct extent scales, ranging from 2.5 m to 50 km. Results showed that variability generally increases with extent scale. The standard deviation increased from 0.036 cm3/cm3 at the 2.5-m scale to 0.071 cm3/cm3 at the 50-km scale. The log standard deviation of soil moisture increased linearly with the log extent scale, from 16 m to 1.6 km, indicative of fractal scaling. The soil moisture standard deviation versus mean moisture content exhibited a convex upward relationship at the 800-m and 50-km scales, with maximum values at mean moisture contents of roughly 0.17 cm3/cm3 and 0.19 cm3/cm3, respectively. An empirical model derived from the observed behavior of soil moisture variability was used to estimate uncertainty in the mean moisture content for a fixed number of samples at the 800-m and 50-km scales, as well as the number of ground-truth samples needed to achieve 0.05 cm3/cm3 and 0.03 cm3/cm3 accuracies. The empirical relationships can also be used to parameterize surface soil moisture variations in land surface and hydrological models across a range of scales. To our knowledge, this is the first study to document the behavior of soil moisture variability over this range of extent scales using ground-based measurements. Our results will contribute not only to efficient and reliable satellite validation, but also to better utilization of remotely sensed soil moisture products for enhanced modeling and prediction.

  19. The Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) Mission

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    The Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) Mission is one of the first Earth observation satellites being developed by NASA in response to the National Research Council’s Decadal Survey. SMAP will make global measurements of the moisture present at Earth's land surface and will distinguish frozen f...

  20. Effects of climate change on soil moisture over China from 1960-2006

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    Zhu, Q.; Jiang, H.; Liu, J.

    2009-01-01

    Soil moisture is an important variable in the climate system and it has sensitive impact on the global climate. Obviously it is one of essential components in the climate change study. The Integrated Biosphere Simulator (IBIS) is used to evaluate the spatial and temporal patterns of soil moisture across China under the climate change conditions for the period 1960-2006. Results show that the model performed better in warm season than in cold season. Mean errors (ME) are within 10% for all the months and root mean squared errors (RMSE) are within 10% except winter season. The model captured the spatial variability higher than 50% in warm seasons. Trend analysis based on the Mann-Kendall method indicated that soil moisture in most area of China is decreased especially in the northern China. The areas with significant increasing trends in soil moisture mainly locate at northwestern China and small areas in southeastern China and eastern Tibet plateau. ?? 2009 IEEE.

  1. Soil moisture from temperature measurements at the Earth's surface, update

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    Welker, J. E.

    1984-01-01

    Soil moisture budgets at the Earth's surface were investigated based on soil and atmospheric temperature variations. A number of data sets were plotted and statistically analyzed in order to accentuate the existence and the characteristics of mesoscale soil temperature extrema variations and their relations to other parameters. The correlations between diurnal temperature extrema for air and soil in drought and non-drought periods appear to follow different characteristic patterns, allowing an inference of soil moisture content from temperature data. The recovery of temperature extrema after a precipitation event also follows a characteristic power curve rise between two limiting values which is an indicator of evaporation rates. If these indicators are applied universally to regional temperature data, soil moisture content or drought conditions can be inferred directly from temperature measurements.

  2. Inverse Method for Estimating the Spatial Variability of Soil Particle Size Distribution from Observed Soil Moisture

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    Pan, Feifei; Peters-lidard, Christa D.; King, Anthony Wayne

    2010-11-01

    Soil particle size distribution (PSD) (i.e., clay, silt, sand, and rock contents) information is one of critical factors for understanding water cycle since it affects almost all of water cycle processes, e.g., drainage, runoff, soil moisture, evaporation, and evapotranspiration. With information about soil PSD, we can estimate almost all soil hydraulic properties (e.g., saturated soil moisture, field capacity, wilting point, residual soil moisture, saturated hydraulic conductivity, pore-size distribution index, and bubbling capillary pressure) based on published empirical relationships. Therefore, a regional or global soil PSD database is essential for studying water cycle regionally or globally. At the present stage, three soil geographic databases are commonly used, i.e., the Soil Survey Geographic database, the State Soil Geographic database, and the National Soil Geographic database. Those soil data are map unit based and associated with great uncertainty. Ground soil surveys are a way to reduce this uncertainty. However, ground surveys are time consuming and labor intensive. In this study, an inverse method for estimating mean and standard deviation of soil PSD from observed soil moisture is proposed and applied to Throughfall Displacement Experiment sites in Walker Branch Watershed in eastern Tennessee. This method is based on the relationship between spatial mean and standard deviation of soil moisture. The results indicate that the suggested method is feasible and has potential for retrieving soil PSD information globally from remotely sensed soil moisture data.

  3. The NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission: Overview

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    O'Neill, Peggy

    The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission is one of the first Earth observation satellites being developed by NASA in response to the National Research Council's Decadal Survey. Its mission design consists of L-band ...

  4. Measurement of soil moisture trends with airborne scatterometers

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    Blanchard, B. J. (principal investigator)

    1978-01-01

    The author had identified the following significant results. Repeated looks at surfaces that maintain constant roughness can provide an estimate of soil moisture in the surface, when appropriate radar look angles are used. Significant influence due to differences in soil moisture can be detected in the 13.3 GHz and 1.6 GHz scatterometer returns. Effects of normal crop densities have little influence on the surface soil moisture estimate, when appropriate look angles are used. It appears that different look angles are optimum for different frequencies to avoid effects from vegetation. Considering the frequency and look angles used on the Seasat-A imaging radar, differences in soil moisture should produce as much as 9 db difference in return on that system.

  5. The spatial and temporal organization of soil moisture 

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    Vogel, Gregor Klaus

    1995-01-01

    noise-induced statistical balance between positive and negative feedbacks. The generated soil moisture fields are analyzed in both time and space showing some of the typical aspects of experimental data: low pass-filtering of rainfall forcing...

  6. Soil moisture and evapotranspiration predictions using Skylab data

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    Myers, V. I. (principal investigator); Moore, D. G.; Horton, M. L.; Russell, M. J.

    1975-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. Multispectral reflectance and emittance data from the Skylab workshop were evaluated for prediction of evapotranspiration and soil moisture for an irrigated region of southern Texas. Wavelengths greater than 2.1 microns were required to spectrally distinguish between wet and dry fallow surfaces. Thermal data provided a better estimate of soil moisture than did data from the reflective bands. Thermal data were dependent on soil moisture but not on the type of agricultural land use. The emittance map, when used in conjunction with existing models, did provide an estimate of evapotranspiration rates. Surveys of areas of high soil moisture can be accomplished with space altitude thermal data. Thermal data will provide a reliable input into irrigation scheduling.

  7. The NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission: Overview

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    O'Neill, Peggy; Entekhabi, Dara; Njoku, Eni; Kellogg, Kent

    2011-01-01

    The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission is one of the first Earth observation satellites being developed by NASA in response to the National Research Council?s Decadal Survey [1]. Its mission design consists of L-band radiometer and radar instruments sharing a rotating 6-m mesh reflector antenna to provide high-resolution and high-accuracy global maps of soil moisture and freeze/thaw state every 2-3 days. The combined active/passive microwave soil moisture product will have a spatial resolution of 10 km and a mean latency of 24 hours. In addition, the SMAP surface observations will be combined with advanced modeling and data assimilation to provide deeper root zone soil moisture and net ecosystem exchange of carbon. SMAP is expected to launch in the late 2014 - early 2015 time frame.

  8. Soil Moisture Dynamics under Corn, Soybean, and Perennial Kura Clover

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    Ochsner, T.; Venterea, R. T.

    2009-12-01

    Rising global food and energy consumption call for increased agricultural production, whereas rising concerns for environmental quality call for farming systems with more favorable environmental impacts. Improved understanding and management of plant-soil water interactions are central to meeting these twin challenges. The objective of this research was to compare the temporal dynamics of soil moisture under contrasting cropping systems suited for the Midwestern region of the United States. Precipitation, infiltration, drainage, evapotranspiration, soil water storage, and freeze/thaw processes were measured hourly for three years in field plots of continuous corn (Zea mays L.), corn/soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] rotation, and perennial kura clover (Trifolium ambiguum M. Bieb.) in southeastern Minnesota. The evapotranspiration from the perennial clover most closely followed the temporal dynamics of precipitation, resulting in deep drainage which was reduced up to 50% relative to the annual crops. Soil moisture utilization also continued later into the fall under the clover than under the annual crops. In the annual cropping systems, crop sequence influenced the soil moisture dynamics. Soybean following corn and continuous corn exhibited evapotranspiration which was 80 mm less than and deep drainage which was 80 mm greater than that of corn following soybean. These differences occurred primarily during the spring and were associated with differences in early season plant growth between the systems. In the summer, soil moisture depletion was up to 30 mm greater under corn than soybean. Crop residue also played an important role in the soil moisture dynamics. Higher amounts of residue were associated with reduced soil freezing. This presentation will highlight key aspects of the soil moisture dynamics for these contrasting cropping systems across temporal scales ranging from hours to years. The links between soil moisture dynamics, crop yields, and nutrient leaching will also be examined.

  9. Validation of SMOS Soil Moisture Products over the Maqu and Twente Regions

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    Dente, Laura; Su, Zhongbo; Wen, Jun

    2012-01-01

    The validation of Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) soil moisture products is a crucial step in the investigation of their inaccuracies and limitations, before planning further refinements of the retrieval algorithm. Therefore, this study intended to contribute to the validation of the SMOS soil moisture products, by comparing them with the data collected in situ in the Maqu (China) and Twente (The Netherlands) regions in 2010. The seasonal behavior of the SMOS soil moisture products is generally in agreement with the in situ measurements for both regions. However, the validation analysis resulted in determination coefficients of 0.55 and 0.51 over the Maqu and Twente region, respectively, for the ascending pass data, and of 0.24 and 0.41, respectively, for the descending pass data. Moreover, a systematic dry bias of the SMOS soil moisture was found of approximately 0.13 m3/m3 for the Maqu region and 0.17 m3/m3 for the Twente region for ascending pass data. Several factors might have affected the retrieval accuracy, such as the presence of Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), the use of inaccurate land cover information and the presence of frozen soils not correctly detected in winter. Improving the RFI filtering method and the quality of the retrieval algorithm inputs, such as land surface temperature and land cover, would certainly improve the accuracy of the retrieved soil moisture. PMID:23112582

  10. Soil moisture under contrasted atmospheric conditions in Eastern Spain

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    Azorin-Molina, César; Cerdà, Artemi; Vicente-Serrano, Sergio M.

    2014-05-01

    Soil moisture plays a key role on the recently abandoned agriculture land where determine the recovery and the erosion rates (Cerdà, 1995), on the soil water repellency degree (Bodí et al., 2011) and on the hydrological cycle (Cerdà, 1999), the plant development (García Fayos et al., 2000) and the seasonality of the geomorphological processes (Cerdà, 2002). Moreover, Soil moisture is a key factor on the semiarid land (Ziadat and Taimeh, 2013), on the productivity of the land (Qadir et al., 2013) and soils treated with amendments (Johnston et al., 2013) and on soil reclamation on drained saline-sodic soils (Ghafoor et al., 2012). In previous study (Azorin-Molina et al., 2013) we investigated the intraannual evolution of soil moisture in soils under different land managements in the Valencia region, Eastern Spain, and concluded that soil moisture recharges are much controlled by few heavy precipitation events; 23 recharge episodes during 2012. Most of the soil moisture recharge events occurred during the autumn season under Back-Door cold front situations. Additionally, sea breeze front episodes brought isolated precipitation and moisture to mountainous areas within summer (Azorin-Molina et al., 2009). We also evidenced that the intraanual evolution of soil moisture changes are positively and significatively correlated (at p<0.01) with the amount of measured precipitation. In this study we analyze the role of other crucial atmospheric parameters (i.e., temperature, relative humidity, global solar radiation, and wind speed and wind direction) in the intraanual evolution of soil moisture; focussing our analyses on the soil moisture discharge episodes. Here we present 1-year of soil moisture measurements at two experimental sites in the Valencia region, one representing rainfed orchard typical from the Mediterranean mountains (El Teularet-Sierra de Enguera), and a second site corresponding to an irrigated orange crop (Alcoleja). Key Words: Soil Moisture Discharges, Intraannual changes, Atmospheric parameters, Eastern Spain Acknowledgements The research projects GL2008-02879/BTE, LEDDRA 243857 and RECARE FP7 project 603498 supported this research. References: Azorin-Molina, C., Connell, B.H., Baena-Calatrava, R. 2009. Sea-breeze convergence zones from AVHRR over the Iberian Mediterranean Area and the Isle of Mallorca, Spain. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 48 (10), 2069-2085. Azorin-Molina, C., Vicente-Serrano, S. M., Cerdà, A. 2013. Soil moisture changes in two experimental sites in Eastern Spain. Irrigation versus rainfed orchards under organic farming. EGU, Geophysical Research Abstracts, EGU2013-13286. Bodí, M.B., Mataix-Solera, J., Doerr, S.H. & Cerdà, A. 2011. The wettability of ash from burned vegetation and its relationship to Mediterranean plant species type, burn severity and total organic carbon content. Geoderma, 160, 599-607. 10.1016/j.geoderma.2010.11.009 Cerdà, A. 1995. Soil moisture regime under simulated rainfall in a three years abandoned field in Southeast Spain. Physics and Chemistry of The Earth, 20 (3-4), 271-279. Cerdà, A. 1999. Seasonal and spatial variations in infiltration rates in badland surfaces under Mediterranean climatic conditions. Water Resources Research, 35 (1) 319-328. Cerdà, A. 2002. The effect of season and parent material on water erosion on highly eroded soils in eastern Spain. Journal of Arid Environments, 52, 319-337. García-Fayos, P. García-Ventoso, B. Cerdà, A. 2000. Limitations to Plant establishment on eroded slopes in Southeastern Spain. Journal of Vegetation Science, 11- 77- 86. Ghafoor, A., Murtaza, G., Rehman, M. Z., Saifullah Sabir, M. 2012. Reclamation and salt leaching efficiency for tile drained saline-sodic soil using marginal quality water for irrigating rice and wheat crops. Land Degradation & Development, 23: 1 -9. DOI 10.1002/ldr.1033 Johnston, C. R., Vance, G. F., Ganjegunte, G. K. 2013. Soil properties changes following irrigation with coalbed natural gas water: role of water treatments, soil amendments and land suitability.

  11. NASA Giovanni: A Tool for Visualizing, Analyzing, and Inter-comparing Soil Moisture Data

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    Teng, William; Rui, Hualan; Vollmer, Bruce; deJeu, Richard; Fang, Fan; Lei, Guang-Dih; Parinussa, Robert

    2014-01-01

    There are many existing satellite soil moisture algorithms and their derived data products, but there is no simple way for a user to inter-compare the products or analyze them together with other related data. An environment that facilitates such inter-comparison and analysis would be useful for validation of satellite soil moisture retrievals against in situ data and for determining the relationships between different soil moisture products. As part of the NASA Giovanni (Geospatial Interactive Online Visualization ANd aNalysis Infrastructure) family of portals, which has provided users worldwide with a simple but powerful way to explore NASA data, a beta prototype Giovanni Inter-comparison of Soil Moisture Products portal has been developed. A number of soil moisture data products are currently included in the prototype portal. More will be added, based on user requirements and feedback and as resources become available. Two application examples for the portal are provided. The NASA Giovanni Soil Moisture portal is versatile and extensible, with many possible uses, for research and applications, as well as for the education community.

  12. The impact of land surface temperature on soil moisture anomaly detection from passive microwave observations

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    For several years passive microwave observations have been used to retrieve soil moisture from the Earth’s surface. Low frequency observations have the most sensitivity to soil moisture, therefore the modern Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) and future Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) ...

  13. Evaluation of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment soil moisture simulations

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    Robock, Alan

    Evaluation of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment soil moisture simulations of soil moisture for past climate changes. In this paper, we compare soil moisture simulations from of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment soil moisture simulations for the second half

  14. UNCORRECTEDPROOF One-dimensional soil moisture prole retrieval by assimilation of

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    Walker, Jeff

    UNCORRECTEDPROOF One-dimensional soil moisture pro®le retrieval by assimilation of near the ability to retrieve the true soil moisture and temperature pro®les by assimilating near-surface soil moisture and surface temperature data into a soil moisture and heat transfer model. The direct insertion

  15. ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEAN AND VARIANCE OF SOIL MOISTURE FIELDS1

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    Pan, Feifei

    ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEAN AND VARIANCE OF SOIL MOISTURE FIELDS1 Feifei Pan and Christa D in the literature related to the relationship between mean and variance (or standard deviation) of soil moisture fields. Some studies found an increase in soil moisture variance with decreasing mean soil moisture

  16. An evaluation of remotely sensed soil moisture over Draper, C. S.1,2

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    Walker, Jeff

    An evaluation of remotely sensed soil moisture over Australia Draper, C. S.1,2 , J.P. Walker1 for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Bureau of Meteorology. Introduction Soil moisture is an important accurate soil moisture fields. Yet soil moisture is typically initialised indirectly in Numerical Weather

  17. An evaluation of remotely sensed soil moisture over Draper, C. S.1,2

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    Walker, Jeff

    5 An evaluation of remotely sensed soil moisture over Australia Draper, C. S.1,2 , J.P. Walker1 for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Bureau of Meteorology. Introduction Soil moisture is an important accurate soil moisture fields. Yet soil moisture is typically initialised indirectly in Numerical Weather

  18. SPECIAL ISSUE A statistical retrieval algorithm for root zone soil moisture

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    Lindau, Ralf

    SPECIAL ISSUE A statistical retrieval algorithm for root zone soil moisture Ralf Lindau & Clemens for the estimation of root zone soil moisture is presented. Global fields of the soil moisture within the uppermost dominated by the spatial variability of the long-term mean soil moisture, while the temporal variability

  19. Impact of diverse tillage on soil moisture dynamics

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    S?awi?ski, C.; Cymerman, J.; Witkowska-Walczak, B.; Lamorski, K.

    2012-07-01

    The influences of traditional and reduced tillage on the water content dynamics of two soils were investigated in a long-term field experiment under nearly the same meteorological conditions for a winter wheat monoculture during three years. In addition to the moisture changes, the basic physicochemical properties, water retention, differential porosity and hydraulic conductivity of the investigated soils were measured. The results have shown the dependence between moisture and the tillage system applied for both types of soil. The soil water content was higher under reduced tillage in comparison to traditional management.

  20. Satellite based estimates of soil moisture over the Tibetan Plateau

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    Su, Z.; Wang, L.; Dente, L.; van der Velde, R.; Wen, J.; Ofwono, M.

    2010-05-01

    Soil moisture plays essential role in water cycle and climate. In particular, over the Tibetan plateau, its importance is particularly pronounced in directly influencing the Monsoon systems and its precipitation patterns. The feasibility of retrieving top layer soil moisture from satellite data has been demonstrated and several techniques hold promise for extensive observation of soil moisture (Jackson et al., 1999; De Jeu and Owe, 2003; Njoku, 2004; Paloscia, et al., 2003; Su et al., 2003; Wagner et al., 2007; Wen et al., 2003; Wen and Su 2003). The consistency among the products derived using different algorithms and their uncertainties have not been yet documented. The launch of the SMOS satellite has, however, promoted renewed science interests in the production of consistent soil moisture products and use of these in water cycle and climate research (Kerr, 2007). This requires corresponding validation on the basis of extensive in-situ soil moisture measurements (Robock et al., 2000), before the consistency and uncertainties of such products can be quantified. We present recent progresses for better estimation of soil moisture at plateau and sub-continental scales by using available coarse active and passive microwave observations (SSM/I, WSC and ASCAT data in particular) and validation of the developed methodologies using in-situ measurements from dedicated SMOS cal/val sites. Preliminary validations for SMOS data will also be presented subject to data availability.

  1. Preliminary results of SAR soil moisture experiment, November 1975

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    Choudhury, B. J.; Chang, A. T. C.; Schmugge, T. J.; Salomonson, V. V.; Wang, J. R.

    1979-01-01

    The experiment was performed using the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan's (ERIM) dual-frequency and dual-polarization side-looking SAR system on board a C-46 aircraft. For each frequency, horizontally polarized pulses were transmitted and both horizontally and vertically polarized return signals were recorded on the signal film simultaneously. The test sites were located in St. Charles, Missouri; Centralia, Missouri; and Lafayette, Indiana. Each test site was a 4.83 km by 8.05 km (3 mile by 5 mile) rectangular strip of terrain. Concurrent with SAR overflight, ground soil samples of 0-to-2.5 cm and 0-to-15 cm layers were collected for soil moisture estimation. The surface features were also noted. Hard-copy image films and the digital data produced via optical processing of the signal films are analyzed in this report to study the relationship of radar backscatter to the moisture content and the surface roughness. Many difficulties associated with processing and analysis of the SAR imagery are noted. In particular, major uncertainty in the quantitative analysis appeared due to the difficulty of quality reproduction of digital data from the signal films.

  2. Assimilation of Satellite Based Soil Moisture Data in the National Weather Service's Flash Flood Guidance System

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    Seo, D.; Lakhankar, T.; Cosgrove, B.; Khanbilvardi, R.

    2012-12-01

    Climate change and variability increases the probability of frequency, timing, intensity, and duration of flood events. After rainfall, soil moisture is the most important factor dictating flash flooding, since rainfall infiltration and runoff are based on the saturation of the soil. It is difficult to conduct ground-based measurements of soil moisture consistently and regionally. As such, soil moisture is often derived from models and agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service (NOAA/NWS) use proxy estimates of soil moisture at the surface in order support operational flood forecasting. In particular, a daily national map of Flash Flood Guidance (FFG) is produced that is based on surface soil moisture deficit and threshold runoff estimates. Flash flood warnings are issued by Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) and are underpinned by information from the Flash Flood Guidance (FFG) system operated by the River Forecast Centers (RFCs). This study analyzes the accuracy and limitations of the FFG system using reported flash flood cases in 2010 and 2011. The flash flood reports were obtained from the NWS Storm Event database for the Arkansas-Red Basin RFC (ABRFC). The current FFG system at the ABRFC provides gridded flash flood guidance (GFFG) System using the NWS Hydrology Laboratory-Research Distributed Hydrologic Model (HL-RDHM) to translate the upper zone soil moisture to estimates of Soil Conservation Service Curve Numbers. Comparison of the GFFG and real-time Multi-sensor Precipitation Estimator derived Quantitative Precipitation Estimate (QPE) for the same duration and location were used to analyze the success of the system. Improved flash flood forecasting requires accurate and high resolution soil surface information. The remote sensing observations of soil moisture can improve the flood forecasting accuracy. The Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) and Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellites are two potential sources of remotely sensed soil moisture data. SMOS measures the microwave radiation emitted from the Earth's surface operating at L-band (1.20-1.41 GHz) to measure surface soil moisture directly. Microwave radiation at this wavelength offers relatively deeper penetration and has lower sensitivity to vegetation impacts. The main objective of this research is to evaluate the contribution of remote sensing technology to quantifiable improvements in flash flood applications as well as adding a remote sensing component to the NWS FFG Algorithm. The challenge of this study is employing the direct soil moisture data from SMOS to replace the model-calculated soil moisture state which is based on the soil water balance in 4 km x 4 km Hydrologic Rainfall Analysis Project (HRAP) grid cells. In order to determine the value of the satellite data to NWS operations, the streamflow generated by HL-RDHM with and without soil moisture assimilation will be compared to USGS gauge data. Furthermore, we will apply the satellite-based soil moisture data with the FFG algorithm to evaluate how many hits, misses and false alarms are generated. This study will evaluate the value of remote sensing data in constraining the state of the system for main-stem and flash flood forecasting.

  3. [Spatial variation of soil moisture/salinity and the relationship with vegetation under natural conditions in Yancheng coastal wetland].

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    Zhang, Hua-Bing; Liu, Hong-Yu; Li, Yu-Feng; An, Jing; Xue, Xing-Yu; Hou, Ming-Hang

    2013-02-01

    Taking the core part of Yancheng national nature reserve as the study area, according to soil sampling analysis of coastal wetlands in April and May 2011 land the 2011 ETM + remote sensing image, the spatial difference characteristic of coastal wetlands soil moisture and salinity, and the relationship with vegetation under natural conditions, were investigated with the model of correspondence analysis (CCA), linear regression simulation and geo-statistical method. The results showed: Firstly, the average level of the soil moisture was fluctuating between 36.820% and 46.333% , and the soil salinity was between 0.347% and 1.328% , in a more detailed sense, the Spartina swamp was the highest, followed by the mudflats swamp, the Suaeda salsa swamp, and the Reed marsh. Secondly, the spatial variation of soil moisture was consistent with that of the salinity, and the degree of variation in the east-west direction was greater than that in the north-south. The maximum soil moisture and salinity were found in the southwest Spartina swamp. The minimum was in the Reed swamp. The soil moisture and salinity were divided into 5 levels, from I to V. Level IV occupied the highest proportion, which were 36.156% and 28.531% , respectively. Finally, different landscape types with the combination of soil moisture and salinity showed a common feature that the moisture and salinity were from both high to low. The soil moisture value of Reed marshes was lower than 40.116% and the salinity value was lower than 0. 676% . The soil moisture value of Suaeda salsa marshes was between 38. 162% and 46. 403% and the salinity value was between 0.417% and 1.295%. The soil moisture value of Spartina swamp was higher than 43.214% and the salinity was higher than 1.090%. The soil moisture value of beach was higher than 43.214% and the salinity was higher than 0.677%. PMID:23668120

  4. A physically based approach for the estimation of root-zone soil moisture from surface measurements

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    Manfreda, S.; Brocca, L.; Moramarco, T.; Melone, F.; Sheffield, J.

    2014-03-01

    In the present work, we developed a new formulation for the estimation of the soil moisture in the root zone based on the measured value of soil moisture at the surface. It was derived from a simplified soil water balance equation for semiarid environments that provides a closed form of the relationship between the root zone and the surface soil moisture with a limited number of physically consistent parameters. The method sheds lights on the mentioned relationship with possible applications in the use of satellite remote sensing retrievals of soil moisture. The proposed approach was used on soil moisture measurements taken from the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA) and the Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) databases. The AMMA network was designed with the aim to monitor three so-called mesoscale sites (super sites) located in Benin, Mali, and Niger using point measurements at different locations. Thereafter the new formulation was tested on three additional stations of SCAN in the state of New Mexico (US). Both databases are ideal for the application of such method, because they provide a good description of the soil moisture dynamics at the surface and the root zone using probes installed at different depths. The model was first applied with parameters assigned based on the physical characteristics of several sites. These results highlighted the potential of the methodology, providing a good description of the root-zone soil moisture. In the second part of the paper, the model performances were compared with those of the well-known exponential filter. Results show that this new approach provides good performances after calibration with a set of parameters consistent with the physical characteristics of the investigated areas. The limited number of parameters and their physical interpretation makes the procedure appealing for further applications to other regions.

  5. Potential Soil Moisture Products from the Aquarius Radiometer and Scatterometer Using an Observing System Simulation Experiment

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    Luo, Yan; Houser, Paul; Anantharaj, Valentine G; Fan, Xingang; De Lannoy, Gabrielle; Zhan, Xiwu

    2013-01-01

    Using an observing system simulation experiment (OSSE), we investigate the potential soil moisture retrieval capability of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aquarius radiometer (L-band 1.413 GHz) and scatterometer (L-band, 1.260 GHz). We estimate potential errors in soil moisture retrievals and identify the sources that could cause those errors. The OSSE system includes (i) a land surface model in the NASA Land Information System, (ii) a radiative transfer and backscatter model, (iii) a realistic orbital sampling model, and (iv) an inverse soil moisture retrieval model. We execute the OSSE over a 1000 2200 km2 region in the central United States, including the Red and Arkansas river basins. Spatial distributions of soil moisture retrieved from the radiometer and scatterometer are close to the synthetic truth. High root mean square errors (RMSEs) of radiometer retrievals are found over the heavily vegetated regions, while large RMSEs of scatterometer retrievals are scattered over the entire domain. The temporal variations of soil moisture are realistically captured over a sparely vegetated region with correlations 0.98 and 0.63, and RMSEs 1.28% and 8.23% vol/vol for radiometer and scatterometer, respectively. Over the densely vegetated region, soil moisture exhibits larger temporal variation than the truth, leading to correlation 0.70 and 0.67, respectively, and RMSEs 9.49% and 6.09% vol/vol respectively. The domain-averaged correlations and RMSEs suggest that radiometer is more accurate than scatterometer in retrieving soil moisture. The analysis also demonstrates that the accuracy of the retrieved soil moisture is affected by vegetation coverage and spatial aggregation.

  6. Correction of real-time satellite precipitation with satellite soil moisture observations

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    Zhan, W.; Pan, M.; Wanders, N.; Wood, E. F.

    2015-10-01

    Rainfall and soil moisture are two key elements in modeling the interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere. Accurate and high-resolution real-time precipitation is crucial for monitoring and predicting the onset of floods, and allows for alert and warning before the impact becomes a disaster. Assimilation of remote sensing data into a flood-forecasting model has the potential to improve monitoring accuracy. Space-borne microwave observations are especially interesting because of their sensitivity to surface soil moisture and its change. In this study, we assimilate satellite soil moisture retrievals using the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) land surface model, and a dynamic assimilation technique, a particle filter, to adjust the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) real-time precipitation estimates. We compare updated precipitation with real-time precipitation before and after adjustment and with NLDAS gauge-radar observations. Results show that satellite soil moisture retrievals provide additional information by correcting errors in rainfall bias. The assimilation is most effective in the correction of medium rainfall under dry to normal surface conditions, while limited/negative improvement is seen over wet/saturated surfaces. On the other hand, high-frequency noises in satellite soil moisture impact the assimilation by increasing rainfall frequency. The noise causes larger uncertainty in the false-alarmed rainfall over wet regions. A threshold of 2 mm day-1 soil moisture change is identified and applied to the assimilation, which masked out most of the noise.

  7. Correction of real-time satellite precipitation with satellite soil moisture observations

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    Zhan, W.; Pan, M.; Wanders, N.; Wood, E. F.

    2015-06-01

    Rainfall and soil moisture are two key elements in modeling the interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere. Accurate and high-resolution real-time precipitation is crucial for monitoring and predicting the on-set of floods, and allows for alert and warning before the impact becomes a disaster. Assimilation of remote sensing data into a flood-forecasting model has the potential to improve monitoring accuracy. Space-borne microwave observations are especially interesting because of their sensitivity to surface soil moisture and its change. In this study, we assimilate satellite soil moisture retrievals using the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) land surface model, and a dynamic assimilation technique, a particle filter, to adjust the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) real-time precipitation estimates. We compare updated precipitation with real-time precipitation before and after adjustment and with NLDAS gauge-radar observations. Results show that satellite soil moisture retrievals provide additional information by correcting errors in rainfall bias. High accuracy soil moisture retrievals, when merged with precipitation, generally increase both rainfall frequency and intensity, and are most effective in the correction of rainfall under dry to normal surface condition while limited/negative improvement is seen over wet/saturated surfaces. Errors from soil moisture, mixed among the real signal, may generate a false rainfall signal approximately 2 mm day-1 and thus lower the precipitation accuracy after adjustment.

  8. Aircraft scatterometer observations of soil moisture on rangeland watersheds

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    Jackson, T. J.; Oneill, P. E.

    1983-01-01

    Extensive studies conducted by several researchers using truck-mounted active microwave sensors have shown the sensitivity of these sensors to soil moisture variations. The logical extension of these results is the evaluation of similar systems at lower resolutions typical of operational systems. Data collected during a series of aircraft flights in 1978 and 1980 over four rangeland watersheds located near Chickasha, Oklahoma, were analyzed in this study. These data included scatterometer measurements made at 1.6 and 4.75 GHz using a NASA aircraft and ground observations of soil moisture for a wide range of moisture conditions. Data were analyzed for consistency and compared to previous truck and aircraft results. Results indicate that the sensor system is capable of providing consistent estimates of soil moisture under the conditions tested.

  9. Coupling rainfall observations and satellite soil moisture for predicting event soil loss in Central Italy

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    Todisco, Francesca; Brocca, Luca; Termite, Loris Francesco; Wagner, Wolfgang

    2015-04-01

    The accuracy of water soil loss prediction depends on the ability of the model to account for effects of the physical phenomena causing the output and the accuracy by which the parameters have been determined. The process based models require considerable effort to obtain appropriate parameter values and their failure to produce better results than achieved using the USLE/RUSLE model, encourages the use of the USLE/RUSLE model in roles of which it was not designed. In particular it is widely used in watershed models even at the event temporal scale. At hillslope scale, spatial variability in soil and vegetation result in spatial variations in soil moisture and consequently in runoff within the area for which soil loss estimation is required, so the modeling approach required to produce those estimates needs to be sensitive to those spatial variations in runoff. Some models include explicit consideration of runoff in determining the erosive stresses but this increases the uncertainty of the prediction due to the difficulty in parameterising the models also because the direct measures of surface runoff are rare. The same remarks are effective also for the USLE/RUSLE models including direct consideration of runoff in the erosivity factor (i.e. USLE-M by Kinnell and Risse, 1998, and USLE-MM by Bagarello et al., 2008). Moreover actually most of the rainfall-runoff models are based on the knowledge of the pre-event soil moisture that is a fundamental variable in the rainfall-runoff transformation. In addiction soil moisture is a readily available datum being possible to have easily direct pre-event measures of soil moisture using in situ sensors or satellite observations at larger spatial scale; it is also possible to derive the antecedent water content with soil moisture simulation models. The attempt made in the study is to use the pre-event soil moisture to account for the spatial variation in runoff within the area for which the soil loss estimates are required. More specifically the analysis was focused on the evaluation of the effectiveness of coupling modeled or satellite-derived soil moisture with USLE-derived models in predicting event unit soil loss at the plot scale in a silty-clay soil in Central Italy. To this end was used the database of the Masse experimental station developed considering for a given erosive event (an event yielding a measurable soil loss) the simultaneous measures of the total runoff amount, Qe (mm), and soil loss per unit area, Ae (Mg-ha-1) at plot scale and of the rainfall data required to derive the erosivity factor Re according to Wischmeiser and Smith (1978), with a MIT=6 h (Bagarello et al., 2013; Todisco et al., 2012). To the purpose of this investigation only data collected on the ? = 22 m long plots were considered: 63 erosive events in the period 2008-2013, 18 occurred during the dry period (from June to September) and the other 45 in the complementary period (wet period). The models tested are the USLE/RUSLE and some USLE-derived formulations in which the event erosivity factor, Re, is corrected by the antecedent soil moisture, ?, and powered to an exponent ? > 0 (? =1: linear model; ? ? 1: power model). Both soil moisture data the satellite retrieved (? = ?sat) and the estimates (? = ?est) of Soil Water Balance model (Brocca et al., 2011) were tested. The results have been compared with those obtained by the USLE/RUSLE, USLE-M and USLE-MM models coupled with a parsimonious rainfall-runoff model, MILc, (Brocca et al. 2011) for the prediction of runoff volume (that in these models is the term used to correct the erosivity factor Re). The results showed that: including direct consideration of antecedent soil moisture and runoff in the event rainfall-runoff factor of the RUSLE/USLE enhanced the capacity of the model to account for variations in event soil loss when soil moisture and runoff volume are measured or predicted reasonably well; the accuracy of the original USLE/RUSLE model was always the lowest; the accuracy in estimating the event soil loss of a models with er

  10. Influence of Soil Moisture on Soil Gas Vapor Concentration for Vapor Intrusion

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    Shen, Rui; Pennell, Kelly G.; Suuberg, Eric M.

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Mathematical models have been widely used in analyzing the effects of various environmental factors in the vapor intrusion process. Soil moisture content is one of the key factors determining the subsurface vapor concentration profile. This manuscript considers the effects of soil moisture profiles on the soil gas vapor concentration away from any surface capping by buildings or pavement. The “open field” soil gas vapor concentration profile is observed to be sensitive to the soil moisture distribution. The van Genuchten relations can be used for describing the soil moisture retention curve, and give results consistent with the results from a previous experimental study. Other modeling methods that account for soil moisture are evaluated. These modeling results are also compared with the measured subsurface concentration profiles in the U.S. EPA vapor intrusion database. PMID:24170970

  11. Dependence of soil respiration on soil temperature and soil moisture in successional forests in Southern China

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    Tang, X.-L.; Zhou, G.-Y.; Liu, S.-G.; Zhang, D.-Q.; Liu, S.-Z.; Li, J.; Zhou, C.-Y.

    2006-01-01

    The spatial and temporal variations in soil respiration and its relationship with biophysical factors in forests near the Tropic of Cancer remain highly uncertain. To contribute towards an improvement of actual estimates, soil respiration rates, soil temperature, and soil moisture were measured in three successional subtropical forests at the Dinghushan Nature Reserve (DNR) in southern China from March 2003 to February 2005. The overall objective of the present study was to analyze the temporal variations of soil respiration and its biophysical dependence in these forests. The relationships between biophysical factors and soil respiration rates were compared in successional forests to test the hypothesis that these forests responded similarly to biophysical factors. The seasonality of soil respiration coincided with the seasonal climate pattern, with high respiration rates in the hot humid season (April-September) and with low rates in the cool dry season (October-March). Soil respiration measured at these forests showed a clear increasing trend with the progressive succession. Annual mean (?? SD) soil respiration rate in the DNR forests was (9.0 ?? 4.6) Mg CO2-C/hm2per year, ranging from (6.1 ?? 3.2) Mg CO2-C/hm2per year in early successional forests to (10.7 ?? 4.9) Mg CO2-C/hm2 per year in advanced successional forests. Soil respiration was correlated with both soil temperature and moisture. The T/M model, where the two biophysical variables are driving factors, accounted for 74%-82% of soil respiration variation in DNR forests. Temperature sensitivity decreased along progressive succession stages, suggesting that advanced-successional forests have a good ability to adjust to temperature. In contrast, moisture increased with progressive succession processes. This increase is caused, in part, by abundant respirators in advanced-successional forest, where more soil moisture is needed to maintain their activities. ?? 2006 Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  12. SMOS/SMAP Synergy for SMAP Level 2 Soil Moisture Algorithm Evaluation

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    Bindlish, Rajat; Jackson, Thomas J.; Zhao, Tianjie; Cosh, Michael; Chan, Steven; O'Neill, Peggy; Njoku, Eni; Colliander, Andreas; Kerr, Yann

    2011-01-01

    Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite has been proposed to provide global measurements of soil moisture and land freeze/thaw state at 10 km and 3 km resolutions, respectively. SMAP would also provide a radiometer-only soil moisture product at 40-km spatial resolution. This product and the supporting brightness temperature observations are common to both SMAP and European Space Agency's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission. As a result, there are opportunities for synergies between the two missions. These include exploiting the data for calibration and validation and establishing longer term L-band brightness temperature and derived soil moisture products. In this investigation we will be using SMOS brightness temperature, ancillary data, and soil moisture products to develop and evaluate a candidate SMAP L2 passive soil moisture retrieval algorithm. This work will begin with evaluations based on the SMOS product grids and ancillary data sets and transition to those that will be used by SMAP. An important step in this analysis is reprocessing the multiple incidence angle observations provided by SMOS to a global brightness temperature product that simulates the constant 40 degree incidence angle observations that SMAP will provide. The reprocessed brightness temperature data provide a basis for evaluating different SMAP algorithm alternatives. Several algorithms are being considered for the SMAP radiometer-only soil moisture retrieval. In this first phase, we utilized only the Single Channel Algorithm (SCA), which is based on the radiative transfer equation and uses the channel that is most sensitive to soil moisture (H-pol). Brightness temperature is corrected sequentially for the effects of temperature, vegetation, roughness (dynamic ancillary data sets) and soil texture (static ancillary data set). European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) estimates of soil temperature for the top layer (as provided as part of the SMOS ancillary data) were used to correct for surface temperature effects and to derive microwave emissivity. ECMWF data were also used for precipitation forecasts, presence of snow, and frozen ground. Vegetation options are described below. One year of soil moisture observations from a set of four watersheds in the U.S. were used to evaluate four different retrieval methodologies: (1) SMOS soil moisture estimates (version 400), (2) SeA soil moisture estimates using the SMOS/SMAP data with SMOS estimated vegetation optical depth, which is part of the SMOS level 2 product, (3) SeA soil moisture estimates using the SMOS/SMAP data and the MODIS-based vegetation climatology data, and (4) SeA soil moisture estimates using the SMOS/SMAP data and actual MODIS observations. The use of SMOS real-world global microwave observations and the analyses described here will help in the development and selection of different land surface parameters and ancillary observations needed for the SMAP soil moisture algorithms. These investigations will greatly improve the quality and reliability of this SMAP product at launch.

  13. Why is SMOS Drier than the South Fork In-situ Soil Moisture Network?

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    Walker, V. A.; Hornbuckle, B. K.; Cosh, M. H.

    2014-12-01

    Global maps of near-surface soil moisture are currently being produced by the European Space Agency's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite mission at 40 km. Within the next few months NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite mission will begin producing observations of near-surface soil moisture at 10 km. Near-surface soil moisture is the water content of the first 3 to 5 cm of the soil. Observations of near-surface soil moisture are expected to improve weather and climate forecasts. These satellite observations must be validated. We define validation as determining the space/time statistical characteristics of the uncertainty. A standard that has been used for satellite validation is in-situ measurements of near-surface soil moisture made with a network of sensors spanning the extent of a satellite footprint. Such a network of sensors has been established in the South Fork of the Iowa River in Central Iowa by the USDA ARS. Our analysis of data in 2013 indicates that SMOS has a dry bias: SMOS near-surface soil moisture is between 0.05 to 0.10 m^3m^{-3} lower than what is observed by the South Fork network. A dry bias in SMOS observations has also been observed in other regions of North America. There are many possible explanations for this difference: underestimation of vegetation, or soil surface roughness; undetected radio frequency interference (RFI); a retrieval model that is not appropriate for agricultural areas; or the use of an incorrect surface temperature in the retrieval process. We will begin our investigation by testing this last possibility: that SMOS is using a surface temperature that is too low which results in a drier soil moisture that compensates for this error. We will present a comparison of surface temperatures from the European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) used to retrieve near-surface soil moisture from SMOS measurements of brightness temperature, and surface temperatures in the South Fork obtained from both tower and in-situ sensors. We will also use a long-term data set of tower and in-situ sensors collected in agricultural fields to develop a relationship between air temperature and the surface temperature relevant to the terrestrial microwave emission that is detected by SMOS.

  14. Development of a Satellite Systems for Measuring Soil Moisture

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    Engman, Edwin T.

    1998-01-01

    The science need for remotely sensed soil moisture has been well established in the hydrologic, climate change and weather forecasting communities. There also have been a number of programs that have demonstrated the feasibility of using long wave microwave sensors for estimating soil moisture. These have ranged from truck mounted sensors, to intensive airborne campaigns with science objectives. Based on this history of truck and aircraft experiments, the science community has settled on a soil moisture product that meets the following criteria: a two day global repeat, a measured layer of 5 cm of soil, a footprint of 20 to 30 km, and an absolute accuracy of +/- 4% volumetric soil moisture. The principal sensor to accomplish this is an L-band passive microwave radiometer. A soil moisture mission is being proposed for the NASA Earth Systems Science Pathfinder (ESSP) mission which has very real constraints of a limited budget which includes the launch vehicle, and a three year award to launch time schedule. This paper describes ways to solve the very large antenna challenge, and the criteria used to choose the final design for an ESSP proposal. The paper also discusses the alternatives considered to obtain the necessary ancillary data for characterizing the surface roughness, the surface temperature and the attenuation affects of vegetation.

  15. Effect of soil moisture on landmine detection using Ground Penetration Timothy Millera

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    Borchers, Brian

    Effect of soil moisture on landmine detection using Ground Penetration Radar Timothy Millera. The objective of this paper is to validate this model over a wider range of soil texture and soil moisture of soil moisture. Keywords: Landmine Detection, Ground Penetrating Radar, Dielectric Constant, Soil

  16. Using data assimilation techniques to calibrate soil moisture retrievals

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    Traditional efforts to quantify the value of remotely-sensed soil moisture retrievals via comparison to ground-based measurements have been hindered by inconsistencies in spatial and temporal scales between the two products. A new method was developed to assess the "skill" of remotely-sensed soil mo...

  17. Derivation of Soil Moisture Retention Characteristics from Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity

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    Kumar, C.P.

    1 Derivation of Soil Moisture Retention Characteristics from Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity C. P) and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity (K). Sustained research effort towards the parameterisation of K(h) and h measurements were made for each soil sample. Saturated hydraulic conductivity was measured through ICW

  18. NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission and Opportunities for Applications Users

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    Brown, Molly E.

    Water in the soil—both its amount (soil moisture) and its state (freeze/thaw)—plays a key role in water and energy cycles, in weather and climate, and in the carbon cycle. Additionally, soil moisture touches upon human ...

  19. Soil Moisture: The Hydrologic Interface Between Surface and Ground Waters

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    Engman, Edwin T.

    1997-01-01

    A hypothesis is presented that many hydrologic processes display a unique signature that is detectable with microwave remote sensing. These signatures are in the form of the spatial and temporal distributions of surface soil moisture. The specific hydrologic processes that may be detected include groundwater recharge and discharge zones, storm runoff contributing areas, regions of potential and less than potential evapotranspiration (ET), and information about the hydrologic properties of soils. In basin and hillslope hydrology, soil moisture is the interface between surface and ground waters.

  20. Soil Moisture Estimation under Vegetation Applying Polarimetric Decomposition Techniques

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    Jagdhuber, T.; Schön, H.; Hajnsek, I.; Papathanassiou, K. P.

    2009-04-01

    Polarimetric decomposition techniques and inversion algorithms are developed and applied on the OPAQUE data set acquired in spring 2007 to investigate their potential and limitations for soil moisture estimation. A three component model-based decomposition is used together with an eigenvalue decomposition in a combined approach to invert for soil moisture over bare and vegetated soils at L-band. The applied approach indicates a feasible capability to invert soil moisture after decomposing volume and ground scattering components over agricultural land surfaces. But there are still deficiencies in modeling the volume disturbance. The results show a root mean square error below 8.5vol.-% for the winter crop fields (winter wheat, winter triticale and winter barley) and below 11.5Vol-% for the summer crop field (summer barley) whereas all fields have a distinct volume layer of 55-85cm height.

  1. Bulk Density and Soil Moisture Sensors

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    Soil bulk density is a good indicator of problems of root penetration, soil aeration, and water infiltration. Knowledge of soil water content is important to understand crop water use, leaching of chemicals, and soil trafficability. The purpose of this presentation is to detail step-by-step how to m...

  2. Soil Moisture Background Error Covariance Estimation in a Land-Atmosphere Coupled Model

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    Lin, L. F.; Ebtehaj, M.; Flores, A. N.; Wang, J.; Bras, R. L.

    2014-12-01

    The objective of this study is to estimate space-time dynamics of the soil moisture background error in a coupled land-atmosphere model for better understanding the land-atmosphere interactions and soil moisture dynamics through data assimilation. To this end, we conducted forecast experiments in eight calendar years from 2006 to 2013 using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model coupled with the Noah land surface model and estimated the background error statistics based on the National Meteorological Center (NMC) methodology. All the WRF-Noah simulations were initialized with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) FNL operational global analysis dataset. In our study domain, covering the contiguous United States, the results show that the soil moisture background error exhibits strong seasonal and regional patterns, with the highest magnitude occurring during the summer at the top soil layer over most regions of the Great Plains. It is also revealed that the soil moisture background errors are strongly biased at some regions, especially Southeastern United States, and bias impacts the magnitude of the error from top to bottom soil layer in an increasing order. Moreover, we also found that the estimated background error is not sensitive to the selection of WRF physics schemes of microphysics, cumulus parameterization, and land surface model. Overall, this study enhances our understanding on the space-time variability of the soil moisture background error and promises more accurate land-surface state estimates via variational data assimilation.

  3. A spatially coherent global soil moisture product with improved temporal resolution

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    de Jeu, Richard A. M.; Holmes, Thomas R. H.; Parinussa, Robert M.; Owe, Manfred

    2014-08-01

    Global soil moisture products that are completely independent of any type of ancillary data and solely rely on satellite observations are presented. Additionally, we further develop an existing downscaling technique that enhances the spatial resolution of such products to approximately 11 km. These products are based on internal modules of the Land Parameter Retrieval Model (LPRM), an algorithm that uses the radiative transfer equation to link soil moisture, vegetation optical depth and land surface temperature to observed brightness temperatures. The soil moisture product that is independent of any type of ancillary data uses the internally calculated dielectric constant as a soil moisture proxy. This data product is not influenced by errors associated with coarse-scale global soil property maps or by any other type of forcing (e.g. re-analysis) data and is therefore solely based on satellite microwave observations. The second step builds upon recent developments to increase the spatial resolution of the LPRM retrievals using a smoothing filter downscaling method. With this method we can attain a spatial resolution that can be more useful at the scale of local and regional hydrological studies as well. The steps presented in this paper were applied to observations from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-Earth Observing System (AMSR-E). The newly derived data sets were validated using ground-based observations from the International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN). The internally calculated dielectric constant product results in significantly more days with valid retrievals than the original soil moisture data products, in particular over arid regions. The dielectric constant product resulted in similar correlations with in situ data as the original soil moisture data product. Together, these findings demonstrate the usefulness of this new dielectric constant product for the hydrological modeling community and climate studies. A case study on the Australian Fitzroy catchment demonstrated that the downscaled data product has a more detailed spatial description of soil moisture, especially during wet and dry conditions with more pronounced dry and wet regions within the catchment. The increased resolution data products could therefore improve runoff predictions and this study demonstrated the potential added value of a transitioning from a spatial resolution of 56 km toward a higher resolution of 11 km. The hydrological implications of these newly developed data records are not only linked to AMSR-E satellite data, but also to the next generation Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) mission where a 9 km spatial resolution is the target resolution for satellite soil moisture products. The new data products will not replace the current LPRM products, but will be added to the existing array of data products and will become publicly available through our data portals.

  4. A Spatially Coherent Global Soil Moisture Product with Improved Temporal Resolution

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    Jeu, Richard A. M. De; Holmes, Thomas R. H.; Parinussa, Robert M.; Owe, Manfred

    2014-01-01

    Global soil moisture products that are completely independent of any type of ancillary data and solely rely on satellite observations are presented. Additionally, we further develop an existing downscaling technique that enhances the spatial resolution of such products to approximately 11 km. These products are based on internal modules of the Land Parameter Retrieval Model (LPRM), an algorithm that uses the radiative transfer equation to link soil moisture, vegetation optical depth and land surface temperature to observed brightness temperatures. The soil moisture product that is independent of any type of ancillary data uses the internally calculated dielectric constant as a soil moisture proxy. This data product is not influenced by errors associated with coarse-scale global soil property maps or by any other type of forcing (e.g. re-analysis) data and is therefore solely based on satellite microwave observations. The second step builds upon recent developments to increase the spatial resolution of the LPRM retrievals using a smoothing filter downscaling method. With this method we can attain a spatial resolution that can be more useful at the scale of local and regional hydrological studies as well. The steps presented in this paper were applied to observations from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-Earth Observing System (AMSR-E). The newly derived data sets were validated using ground-based observations from the International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN). The internally calculated dielectric constant product results in significantly more days with valid retrievals than the original soil moisture data products, in particular over arid regions. The dielectric constant product resulted in similar correlations with in situ data as the original soil moisture data product. Together, these findings demonstrate the usefulness of this new dielectric constant product for the hydrological modeling community and climate studies. A case study on the Australian Fitzroy catchment demonstrated that the downscaled data product has a more detailed spatial description of soil moisture, especially during wet and dry conditions with more pronounced dry and wet regions within the catchment. The increased resolution data products could therefore improve runoff predictions and this study demonstrated the potential added value of a transitioning from a spatial resolution of 56 km toward a higher resolution of 11 km. The hydrological implications of these newly developed data records are not only linked to AMSR-E satellite data, but also to the next generation Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) mission where a 9 km spatial resolution is the target resolution for satellite soil moisture products. The new data products will not replace the current LPRM products, but will be added to the existing array of data products and will become publicly available through our data portals.

  5. Remote sensing of soil moisture with microwave radiometers

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    Schmugge, T.; Wilheit, T.; Webster, W., Jr.; Gloerson, P.

    1976-01-01

    Results are presented that were derived from measurements made by microwave radiometers during the March 1972 and February 1973 flights of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Convair-9900 aircraft over agricultural test sites in the southwestern part of United States. The purpose of the missions was to study the use of microwave radiometers for the remote sensing of soil moisture. The microwave radiometers covered the 0.8- to 21-cm wavelength range. The results show a good linear correlation between the observed microwave brightness temperature and moisture content of the 0- to 1-cm layer of the soil. The results at the largest wavelength (21 cm) show the greatest sensitivity to soil moisture variations and indicate the possibility of sensing these variations through a vegetative canopy. The effect of soil texture on the emission from the soil was also studied and it was found that this effect can be compensated for by expressing soil moisture as a percent of field capacity for the soil. The results were compared with calculations based on a radiative transfer model for layered dielectrics and the agreement is very good at the longer wavelengths. At the shorter wavelengths, surface roughness effects are larger and the agreement becomes poorer.

  6. An evaluation of the spatial resolution of soil moisture information

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    Hardy, K. R.; Cohen, S. H.; Rogers, L. K.; Burke, H. H. K.; Leupold, R. C.; Smallwood, M. D.

    1981-01-01

    Rainfall-amount patterns in the central regions of the U.S. were assessed. The spatial scales of surface features and their corresponding microwave responses in the mid western U.S. were investigated. The usefulness for U.S. government agencies of soil moisture information at scales of 10 km and 1 km. was ascertained. From an investigation of 494 storms, it was found that the rainfall resulting from the passage of most types of storms produces patterns which can be resolved on a 10 km scale. The land features causing the greatest problem in the sensing of soil moisture over large agricultural areas with a radiometer are bodies of water. Over the mid-western portions of the U.S., water occupies less than 2% of the total area, the consequently, the water bodies will not have a significant impact on the mapping of soil moisture. Over most of the areas, measurements at a 10-km resolution would adequately define the distribution of soil moisture. Crop yield models and hydrological models would give improved results if soil moisture information at scales of 10 km was available.

  7. Spatial Estimation of Soil Moisture Using Synthetic Aperture Radar in Alaska

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    Meade, N. G.; Hinzman, L. D.; Kane, D. L.

    1999-01-01

    A spatially distributed Model of Arctic Thermal and Hydrologic processes (MATH) has been developed. One of the attributes of this model is the spatial and temporal prediction of soil moisture in the active layer. The spatially distributed output from this model required verification data obtained through remote sensing to assess performance at the watershed scale independently. Therefore, a neural network was trained to predict soil moisture contents near the ground surface. The input to train the neural network is synthetic aperture radar (SAR) pixel value, and field measurements of soil moisture, and vegetation, which were used as a surrogate for surface roughness. Once the network was trained, soil moisture predictions were made based on SAR pixel value and vegetation. These results were then used for comparison with results from the hydrologic model. The quality of neural network input was less than anticipated. Our digital elevation model (DEM) was not of high enough resolution to allow exact co-registration with soil moisture measurements; therefore, the statistical correlations were not as good as hoped. However, the spatial pattern of the SAR derived soil moisture contents compares favorably with the hydrologic MATH model results. Primary surface parameters that effect SAR include topography, surface roughness, vegetation cover and soil texture. Single parameters that are considered to influence SAR include incident angle of the radar, polarization of the radiation, signal strength and returning signal integration, to name a few. These factors influence the reflectance, but if one adequately quantifies the influences of terrain and roughness, it is considered possible to extract information on soil moisture from SAR imagery analysis and in turn use SAR imagery to validate hydrologic models

  8. Soil moisture and strength index for earthwork construction quality control

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    Sawangsuriya, A.; Wachiraporn, S.; Sramoon, W.

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents the implementation of soil moisture and strength index measurements for earthwork construction quality control as well as a link between the in situ testing and structural property of earthen materials. Use of the convenient Dynamic Cone Penetrometer (DCP) in conjunction with conventional moisture-density measurements enhances quality control by achieving acceptable level of compaction, more uniform structural properties, and aids developing a controlled design parameter during the earthwork construction. Soil strength in term of DCP index normalized by the deviation of compaction moisture content from the optimum moisture content is proposed as performance criteria for a variety of engineered earth fills and special engineering assessment, prevention, and mitigation of geohazards e.g. earthen flood defense embankments.

  9. Small-scale soil moisture determination with GPR

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    Igel, Jan; Preetz, Holger

    2010-05-01

    The knowledge of topsoil moisture distribution is an important input for modelling water flow and evapotranspiration which are essential processes in hydrology, meteorology, and agriculture. All these processes involve non-linear effects and thus the small-scale variability of input parameters play an important role. Using smoothed interpolations instead can cause significant biases. Lateral soil moisture distribution can be sensed by different techniques at various scales whereby geophysical methods provide spatial information which closes the gap between point measurements by classical soil scientific methods and measurements on the field or regional scale by remote sensing. Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) can be used to explore soil moisture on the field scale as propagation of electromagnetic waves is correlated to soil water content. By determining the velocity of the ground wave, which is a guided wave travelling along the soil surface, we can sense soil water content. This method has been applied to determine topsoil moisture for several years. We present a new groundwave technique which determines the velocity in between two receiving antennas which enables a higher lateral resolution (approx. 10 cm) compared to classical groundwave technique (half meter and more). We present synthetic data from finite-differences (FD) calculations as well as data from a sandbox experiment carried out under controlled conditions to demonstrate the performance of this method. Further, we carried out field measurements on two sites on a sandy soil which is used as grassland. The measurements were carried out in late summer at dry soil conditions. Soil moisture on the first site shows an isotropic pattern with correlation lengths of approx. 35 cm. We think this natural pattern is governed by rout distribution within the soil and the water uptake of vegetation. On the second site, soil moisture distribution shows a regular stripe pattern. As the land has been used as agricultural crop land until two years before the measurements were carried out, this anisotropy is obviously caused by the former cultivation of the land. Finally, we present a second technique to determine moisture of the topsoil by GPR using the same principle as remote sensing: the reflection of electromagnetic waves at the soil surface and determination of reflection amplitude. We use a 1 GHz horn antenna that is operated 0.5 m above the ground surface. As this method is based on a completely different physical principle than the first one, it provides an independent revision of our results. Even though, lateral resolution is not that high as when using the groundwave technique and the depth of investigation is not exactly the same, we get similar results showing the same pattern and characteristics at both sites.

  10. Soil Moisture Extremes Observed by METOP ASCAT: Was 2012 an Exceptional Year?

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    Wagner, Wolfgang; Paulik, Christoph; Hahn, Sebastian; Melzer, Thomas; Parinussa, Robert; de Jeu, Richard; Dorigo, Wouter; Chung, Daniel; Enenkel, Markus

    2013-04-01

    In summer 2012 the international press reported widely about the severe drought that had befallen large parts of the United States. Yet, the US drought was only one of several major droughts that occurred in 2012: Southeastern Europe, Central Asia, Brazil, India, Southern Australia and several other regions suffered from similarly dry soil conditions. This raises the question whether 2012 was an exceptionally dry year? In this presentation we will address this question by analyzing global soil moisture patterns as observed by the Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT) flown on board of the METOP-A satellite. We firstly compare the 2012 ASCAT soil moisture data to all available ASCAT measurements acquired by the instrument since the launch of METOP-A in November 2006. Secondly, we compare the 2012 data to a long-term soil moisture data set derived by merging the ASCAT soil moisture data with other active and passive microwave soil moisture retrievals as described by Liu et al. (2012) and Wagner et al. (2012) (see also http://www.esa-soilmoisture-cci.org/). A first trend analysis of the latter long-term soil moisture data set carried out by Dorigo et al. (2012) has revealed that over the period 1988-2010 significant trends were observed over 27 % of the area covered by the data set, of which 73 % were negative (soil drying) and only 27 % were positive (soil wetting). In this presentation we will show how the inclusion of the years 2011 and 2012 affects the areal extent and strengths of these significant trends. REFERENCES Dorigo, W., R. de Jeu, D. Chung, R. Parinussa, Y. Liu, W. Wagner, D. Fernández-Prieto (2012) Evaluating global trends (1988-2010) in harmonized multi-satellite surface soil moisture, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L18405, 1-7. Liu, Y.Y., W.A. Dorigo, R.M. Parinussa, R.A.M. de Jeu, W. Wagner, M.F. McCabe, J.P. Evans, A.I.J.M. van Dijk (2012) Trend-preserving blending of passive and active microwave soil moisture retrievals, Remote Sensing of Environment, 123, 280-297. Wagner, W., W. Dorigo, R. de Jeu, D. Fernandez, J. Benveniste, E. Haas, M. Ertl (2012) Fusion of active and passive microwave observations to create an Essential Climate Variable data record on soil moisture, ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (ISPRS Annals), Volume I-7, XXII ISPRS Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 25 August-1 September 2012, 315-321.

  11. NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission Formulation

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    Entekhabi, Dara; Njoku, Eni; ONeill, Peggy; Kellogg, Kent; Entin, Jared

    2011-01-01

    The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission is one of the first Earth observation satellites being formulated by NASA in response to the 2007 National Research Council s Earth Science Decadal Survey [1]. SMAP s measurement objectives are high-resolution global measurements of near-surface soil moisture and its freeze-thaw state. These measurements would allow significantly improved estimates of water, energy and carbon transfers between the land and atmosphere. The soil moisture control of these fluxes is a key factor in the performance of atmospheric models used for weather forecasts and climate projections. Soil moisture measurements are also of great importance in assessing flooding and monitoring drought. Knowledge gained from SMAP s planned observations can help mitigate these natural hazards, resulting in potentially great economic and societal benefits. SMAP measurements would also yield high resolution spatial and temporal mapping of the frozen or thawed condition of the surface soil and vegetation. Observations of soil moisture and freeze/thaw timing over the boreal latitudes will contribute to reducing a major uncertainty in quantifying the global carbon balance and help resolve an apparent missing carbon sink over land. The SMAP mission would utilize an L-band radar and radiometer sharing a rotating 6-meter mesh reflector antenna (see Figure 1) [2]. The radar and radiometer instruments would be carried onboard a 3-axis stabilized spacecraft in a 680 km polar orbit with an 8-day repeating ground track. The instruments are planned to provide high-resolution and high-accuracy global maps of soil moisture at 10 km resolution and freeze/thaw at 3 km resolution, every two to three days (see Table 1 for a list of science data products). The mission is adopting a number of approaches to identify and mitigate potential terrestrial radio frequency interference (RFI). These approaches are being incorporated into the radiometer and radar flight hardware and ground processing designs.

  12. Patterns and scaling properties of surface soil moisture in an agricultural landscape: An ecohydrological modeling study

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    Korres, W.; Reichenau, T. G.; Schneider, K.

    2013-08-01

    Soil moisture is a key variable in hydrology, meteorology and agriculture. Soil moisture, and surface soil moisture in particular, is highly variable in space and time. Its spatial and temporal patterns in agricultural landscapes are affected by multiple natural (precipitation, soil, topography, etc.) and agro-economic (soil management, fertilization, etc.) factors, making it difficult to identify unequivocal cause and effect relationships between soil moisture and its driving variables. The goal of this study is to characterize and analyze the spatial and temporal patterns of surface soil moisture (top 20 cm) in an intensively used agricultural landscape (1100 km2 northern part of the Rur catchment, Western Germany) and to determine the dominant factors and underlying processes controlling these patterns. A second goal is to analyze the scaling behavior of surface soil moisture patterns in order to investigate how spatial scale affects spatial patterns. To achieve these goals, a dynamically coupled, process-based and spatially distributed ecohydrological model was used to analyze the key processes as well as their interactions and feedbacks. The model was validated for two growing seasons for the three main crops in the investigation area: Winter wheat, sugar beet, and maize. This yielded RMSE values for surface soil moisture between 1.8 and 7.8 vol.% and average RMSE values for all three crops of 0.27 kg m-2 for total aboveground biomass and 0.93 for green LAI. Large deviations of measured and modeled soil moisture can be explained by a change of the infiltration properties towards the end of the growing season, especially in maize fields. The validated model was used to generate daily surface soil moisture maps, serving as a basis for an autocorrelation analysis of spatial patterns and scale. Outside of the growing season, surface soil moisture patterns at all spatial scales depend mainly upon soil properties. Within the main growing season, larger scale patterns that are induced by soil properties are superimposed by the small scale land use pattern and the resulting small scale variability of evapotranspiration. However, this influence decreases at larger spatial scales. Most precipitation events cause temporarily higher surface soil moisture autocorrelation lengths at all spatial scales for a short time even beyond the autocorrelation lengths induced by soil properties. The relation of daily spatial variance to the spatial scale of the analysis fits a power law scaling function, with negative values of the scaling exponent, indicating a decrease in spatial variability with increasing spatial resolution. High evapotranspiration rates cause an increase in the small scale soil moisture variability, thus leading to large negative values of the scaling exponent. Utilizing a multiple regression analysis, we found that 53% of the variance of the scaling exponent can be explained by a combination of an independent LAI parameter and the antecedent precipitation.

  13. Soil moisture variability and land use in a seasonally arid environment

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    Williams, A. G.; Ternan, J. L.; Fitzjohn, C.; de Alba, S.; Perez-Gonzalez, A.

    2003-02-01

    Soil moisture patterns were recorded for six different land uses, including oak forest, matorral scrub, olives, and a cultivated field, in central Spain during 1998-99. Volumetric water content was determined using time domain reflectometry at more than 140 sites in each, extending across a range of topographic units. Soil moisture content was a function of land use, with the oak forest being wetter than either the matorral shrubby area or the cultivated site. The spatial patterns for a wet period were kriged and are presented as interpolated contour plots. Geo-statistical analysis confirmed that the patterns were highly heterogeneous, as the variograms showed a pure nugget for each land use, except for the two olive sites, where some spatial structure could be observed. During the investigation the soils were in the dry state and the soil moisture distribution was controlled by local factors; it was not possible to determine which environmental factor had the most influence.

  14. Design of a global soil moisture initialization procedure for the simple biosphere model

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    Liston, G. E.; Sud, Y. C.; Walker, G. K.

    1993-01-01

    Global soil moisture and land-surface evapotranspiration fields are computed using an analysis scheme based on the Simple Biosphere (SiB) soil-vegetation-atmosphere interaction model. The scheme is driven with observed precipitation, and potential evapotranspiration, where the potential evapotranspiration is computed following the surface air temperature-potential evapotranspiration regression of Thomthwaite (1948). The observed surface air temperature is corrected to reflect potential (zero soil moisture stress) conditions by letting the ratio of actual transpiration to potential transpiration be a function of normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI). Soil moisture, evapotranspiration, and runoff data are generated on a daily basis for a 10-year period, January 1979 through December 1988, using observed precipitation gridded at a 4 deg by 5 deg resolution.

  15. Spatial Variation of Soil Type and Soil Moisture in the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System

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    Buckley, R.

    2001-06-27

    Soil characteristics (texture and moisture) are typically assumed to be initially constant when performing simulations with the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS). Soil texture is spatially homogeneous and time-independent, while soil moisture is often spatially homogeneous initially, but time-dependent. This report discusses the conversion of a global data set of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) soil types to RAMS soil texture and the subsequent modifications required in RAMS to ingest this information. Spatial variations in initial soil moisture obtained from the National Center for Environmental Predictions (NCEP) large-scale models are also introduced. Comparisons involving simulations over the southeastern United States for two different time periods, one during warmer, more humid summer conditions, and one during cooler, dryer winter conditions, reveals differences in surface conditions related to increases or decreases in near-surface atmospheric moisture con tent as a result of different soil properties. Three separate simulation types were considered. The base case assumed spatially homogeneous soil texture and initial soil moisture. The second case assumed variable soil texture and constant initial soil moisture, while the third case allowed for both variable soil texture and initial soil moisture. The simulation domain was further divided into four geographically distinct regions. It is concluded there is a more dramatic impact on thermodynamic variables (surface temperature and dewpoint) than on surface winds, and a more pronounced variability in results during the summer period. While no obvious trends in surface winds or dewpoint temperature were found relative to observations covering all regions and times, improvement in surface temperatures in most regions and time periods was generally seen with the incorporation of variable soil texture and initial soil moisture.

  16. Transient soil moisture profile of a water-shedding soil cover in north Queensland, Australia

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    Gonzales, Christopher; Baumgartl, Thomas; Scheuermann, Alexander

    2014-05-01

    In current agricultural and industrial applications, soil moisture determination is limited to point-wise measurements and remote sensing technologies. The former has limitations on spatial resolution while the latter, although has greater coverage in three dimensions, but may not be representative of real-time hydrologic conditions of the substrate. This conference paper discusses the use of elongated soil moisture probes to describe the transient soil moisture profile of water-shedding soil cover trial plots in north Queensland, Australia. Three-metre long flat ribbon cables were installed at designed depths across a soil cover with substrate materials from mining activities comprising of waste rocks and blended tailings. The soil moisture measurement is analysed using spatial time domain reflectometry (STDR) (Scheuermann et al., 2009) Calibration of the flat ribbon cable's soil moisture measurement in waste rocks is undertaken in a glasshouse setting. Soil moisture retention and outflows are monitored at specific time interval by mass balance and water potential measurements. These data sets together with the soil hydrologic properties derived from laboratory and field measurements are used as input in the numerical code on unsaturated flow, Hydrus2D. The soil moisture calculations of the glasshouse calibration using this numerical method are compared with results from the STDR soil moisture data sets. In context, the purpose of the soil cover is to isolate sulphide-rich mine wastes from atmospheric interaction as oxidation and leaching of these materials may result to acid and metalliferous drainage. The long term performance of a soil cover will be described in terms of the quantities and physico-chemical characteristics of its outflows. With the soil moisture probes set at automated and pre-determined measurement time intervals, it is expected to distinguish between macropore and soil moisture flows during high intensity rainfall events and, also continuously update data sets on soil moisture retention, especially during long periods of drought. As such, description of the soil cover water balance will be more elaborate as the soil moisture profile will be described in terms of temporal and spatial variability. Moreover, this field data set can lend support on the evaluation of the potential use of mine wastes as cover materials with respect to their hydrologic and geochemical properties.

  17. Accomplishments of the NASA Johnson Space Center portion of the soil moisture project in fiscal year 1981

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    Paris, J. F.; Arya, L. M.; Davidson, S. A.; Hildreth, W. W.; Richter, J. C.; Rosenkranz, W. A.

    1982-01-01

    The NASA/JSC ground scatterometer system was used in a row structure and row direction effects experiment to understand these effects on radar remote sensing of soil moisture. Also, a modification of the scatterometer system was begun and is continuing, to allow cross-polarization experiments to be conducted in fiscal years 1982 and 1983. Preprocessing of the 1978 agricultural soil moisture experiment (ASME) data was completed. Preparations for analysis of the ASME data is fiscal year 1982 were completed. A radar image simulation procedure developed by the University of Kansas is being improved. Profile soil moisture model outputs were compared quantitatively for the same soil and climate conditions. A new model was developed and tested to predict the soil moisture characteristic (water tension versus volumetric soil moisture content) from particle-size distribution and bulk density data. Relationships between surface-zone soil moisture, surface flux, and subsurface moisture conditions are being studied as well as the ways in which measured soil moisture (as obtained from remote sensing) can be used for agricultural applications.

  18. Radar estimates of soil moisture over the Konza Prairie

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    Gogineni, S.; Ampe, J.; Budihardjo, A.

    1991-01-01

    Radar-backscatter measurements were made to estimate soil moisture. The helicopter-mounted radar was flown along selected transects that coincided with soil-moisture measurements. The radar operated at microwave frequencies of 5.3 and 9.6 GHz and at selected incidence angles between 0 and 60 degrees. Vertical polarization was used for two days and horizontal polarization was used for three days. The scattering-coefficient data from different days were grouped by frequency and antenna angles and then related to soil moisture along the flight paths using linear regression. A measure of linearity for the regression ranged between 0.9 and 0.5. The larger coefficients were for X-band measurements made at large antenna-incidence angles, and the smaller coefficients were for C-band measurements made at incidences angles near vertical.

  19. In Brief: Measuring soil moisture and ocean salinity

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    Showstack, Randy

    2009-11-01

    The European Space Agency (ESA) lofted two satellites into orbit atop a single launch vehicle on 2 November: the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission and the second demonstration satellite under ESA's Project for Onboard Autonomy (Proba-2). SMOS, the first satellite designed to map sea surface salinity and monitor soil moisture on a global scale, features the Microwave Imaging Radiometer Using Aperture Synthesis (MIRAS), an interferometer that connects 69 receivers to measure the temperature of the reflection of Earth's surface in the microwave frequency range. The temperature is linked to the actual temperature of the surface and its conductive characteristics, which are linked to soil moisture and water salinity. Piggybacking on the SMOS launch, Proba-2 will demonstrate 17 advanced satellite technologies, including a miniaturized startracker, digital Sun sensor, miniaturized wide-angle camera, high-precision magnetometer, and dual-frequency global positioning system space receiver.

  20. Results of soil moisture flights during April 1974

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    Schmugge, T. J.; Blanchard, B. J.; Burke, W. J.; Paris, J. F.; Swang, J. R.

    1976-01-01

    The results presented here are derived from measurements made during the April 5 and 6, 1974 flights of the NASA P-3A aircraft over the Phoenix, Arizona agricultural test site. The purpose of the mission was to study the use of microwave techniques for the remote sensing of soil moisture. These results include infrared (10-to 12 micrometers) 2.8-cm and 21-cm brightness temperatures for approximately 90 bare fields. These brightness temperatures are compared with surface measurements of the soil moisture made at the time of the overflights. These data indicate that the combination of the sum and difference of the vertically and the horizontally polarized brightness temperatures yield information on both the soil moisture and surface roughness conditions.

  1. BOREAS HYD-6 Ground Gravimetric Soil Moisture Data

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    Carroll, Thomas; Knapp, David E. (Editor); Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Peck, Eugene L.; Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Hydrology (HYD)-6 team collected several data sets related to the moisture content of soil and overlying humus layers. This data set contains percent soil moisture ground measurements. These data were collected on the ground along the various flight lines flown in the Southern Study Area (SSA) and Northern Study Area (NSA) during 1994 by the gamma ray instrument. The data are available in tabular ASCII files. The HYD-06 ground gravimetric soil moisture data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  2. N2O emission rates in a California meadow soil are influenced by fertilizer level, soil moisture and the

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    Bohannan, Brendan

    N2O emission rates in a California meadow soil are influenced by fertilizer level, soil moisture to manipulations of temperature, soil moisture and nitrogenous fertilizer concentration were studied for 16 of fertilizer, the rates decreased sharply in response to increasing soil moisture and temperature. Second

  3. Variability of soil moisture memory for wet and dry basins

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    Rahman, Mohammad Mahfuzur; Lu, Minjiao; Kyi, Khin Htay

    2015-04-01

    Soil moisture memory (SMM) is not only important for atmospheric weather/climate forecasting, but may also be useful in flood and drought prediction. Despite their importance, SMM studies are restricted in certain regions due to the scarcity of soil moisture data. To overcome this limitation, this study explains the variability of SMM in wet and dry basins, and shows an alternative way to predict the basin scale SMM using observed precipitation and potential evapotranspiration information only. This study presents the basin average SMM in the form of a timescale that indicates the duration of significant autocorrelations at 95% confidence intervals. The soil moisture autocorrelations were calculated using observed precipitation, potential evapotranspiration, streamflow and soil moisture data sets simulated using the XinAnJiang (XAJ) model, for 26 river basins across the USA. The XAJ model's capability to simulate seasonal cycles (temporal anomalies) of soil moisture was validated against cycles from the observed data set of the Spoon River basin of Illinois State, USA. Based on the validation experience, the XAJ model was thereafter used to simulate soil moisture data for the analysed basins. Basin scale SMM timescale ranges were computed from 11 to 133 days. The SMM timescale is highly influenced by precipitation variability and exhibits strong seasonality. Dry basins tend to show the highest memory during the winter months (December to February) and lowest in late spring (May). In contrast, wet basins have the lowest memory during winter and early spring (December to April) and highest in the late summer and early autumn (July to September). The SMM timescale displayed an exponential relationship with the basin aridity index, with an r2 value of 0.9. This relationship could be a cheap source of basin scale SMM prediction from widely available observed data sets (actual precipitation and potential evapotranspiration), and thus, could afford some knowledge of SMM under no knowledge conditions.

  4. SOIL MOISTURE RETENTION CHARACTERISTICS AT RD 838 OF I. G. N. P. STAGE -II

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    Kumar, C.P.

    1 SOIL MOISTURE RETENTION CHARACTERISTICS AT RD 838 OF I. G. N. P. STAGE - II C. P. Kumar* Sanjay knowledge of the relationships between soil moisture content (), soil water pressure (h) and unsaturated presents the soil moisture retention characteristics at RD 838 of Indira Gandhi Nahar Priyojana, Stage - II

  5. Soil moisture variability of root zone profiles within SMEX02 remote sensing footprints

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    Soil moisture variability of root zone profiles within SMEX02 remote sensing footprints Minha Choi 31 July 2006 Available online 20 September 2006 Abstract Remote sensing of soil moisture effectively provides soil moisture at a large scale, but does not explain highly heterogeneous soil mois- ture

  6. Forty-five years of observed soil moisture in the Ukraine: No summer desiccation (yet)

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    Robock, Alan

    Forty-five years of observed soil moisture in the Ukraine: No summer desiccation (yet) Alan Robock present the longest data set of observed soil moisture available in the world, 45 yr of gravimetrically- observed plant available soil moisture for the top 1 m of soil, observed every 10 days for April

  7. Spatial patterns of soil temperature and moisture across subalpine forest-clearcut edges in the

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    Fortin, Marie Josee

    Spatial patterns of soil temperature and moisture across subalpine forest-clearcut edges. Spatial patterns of soil temperature and moisture across subalpine forest-clearcut edges in the southern spatial patterns of soil microclimate, forest floor soil temperature and moisture were examined across

  8. SMEX02: Field scale variability, time stability and similarity of soil moisture

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    SMEX02: Field scale variability, time stability and similarity of soil moisture Jennifer M. Jacobsa 2004 Abstract Evaluation of air- or space-borne remote sensors measuring soil moisture requires strategic ground-based sampling. As part of the Soil Moisture Experiment 2002 (SMEX02), daily surface soil

  9. Microbial soil respiration and its dependency on carbon inputs, soil temperature and moisture

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    Goldstein, Allen

    -term temperature changes were applied to the soils periodically to quantify temperature responses. This was doneMicrobial soil respiration and its dependency on carbon inputs, soil temperature and moisture J . C in decomposition patterns of soil organic matter (SOM): temperature, water and carbon (C) inputs. The study

  10. Stable or unstable wetting fronts in water repellent soils effect of antecedent soil moisture content

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    Stable or unstable wetting fronts in water repellent soils ± effect of antecedent soil moisture repellent soils are known to inhibit water in®ltration, ultimately forcing water to ¯ow via preferential paths through the vadose zone. To study water ¯ow and transport in a water repellent sandy soil

  11. Effect of Soil Moisture on Fumigant Emissions from a Loam Soil

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    Emissions of soil fumigants must be minimized in order to protect air quality in California. Soil moisture is an important factor that can be managed at a relatively low cost prior to soil fumigation to reduce emissions. A previous study indicated that increasing soil water content up to field capac...

  12. Soil moisture effects on the carbon isotope composition of soil respiration

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    Soil moisture effects on the carbon isotope composition of soil respiration Claire L. Phillips1 respiration, which suggests indirectly that recently fixed photosynthates comprise a substantial component of substrates consumed by soil respiration. However, there are other reasons why the d13 CO2 of soil efflux may

  13. ESTAR - A synthetic aperture microwave radiometer for measuring soil moisture

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    Le Vine, D. M.; Griffis, A.; Swift, C. T.; Jackson, T. J.

    1992-01-01

    The measurement of soil moisture from space requires putting relatively large microwave antennas in orbit. Aperture synthesis, an interferometric technique for reducing the antenna aperture needed in space, offers the potential for a practical means of meeting these requirements. An aircraft prototype, electronically steered thinned array L-band radiometer (ESTAR), has been built to develop this concept and to demonstrate its suitability for the measurement of soil moisture. Recent flights over the Walnut Gulch Watershed in Arizona show good agreement with ground truth and with measurements with the Pushbroom Microwave Radiometer (PBMR).

  14. Soil Moisture Response to a Changing Climate in Arctic Regions

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    Hinzman, L. D.; Kane, D. L.; Lettenmaier, D.; Yang, D.; Zhao, Y.

    2002-12-01

    Soil moisture is the land surface hydrologic variable that most strongly affects land-atmosphere moisture and energy fluxes. In Arctic regions, these interactions are complicated by the role of permafrost. Especially in northern regions, soil moisture therefore is important not only as a hydrological storage component, also as a result of its strong influence on the hydrological cycle through controls on energy fluxes such as evaporative heat flux, phase change in thawing of permafrost, and effects on thermal conductivity. With projected increases in surface temperature and decreases in surface moisture levels that may be associated with global warming, it is likely that the active layer thickness will increase, leading to subtle but predictable ecosystem responses such as vegetation changes. Field measurements of soil moisture have been collected on the North Slope of Alaska, with emphasis upon establishing macro and micro-topographic influences. Sites were installed in the foothill regions and on the coastal plain of the Kuparuk River basin. Spatially distributed model simulations are being conducted across a range of scales. Preliminary results indicate macro-topographic gradients greatly impact the importance of lateral versus vertical fluxes. Micro-topographic differences affect the small spatial scale differences in soil moisture, but have less impact upon flux direction. Permafrost in arctic regions exerts a significant influence on soil moisture through controls on vegetation and drainage. In relatively flat areas where the frozen layer is near the surface, the soil moisture contents are usually quite high. These areas have relatively high evapotranspiration and sensible heat transfer, but quite low conductive heat transfers due to the insulative properties of thick organic soils. As in more temperate regions, watershed morphology exerts strong controls on hydrological processes; however unique to arctic watersheds are complications arising from the short-term active layer dynamics and longer-term permafrost dynamics. As the active layer becomes thicker throughout the summer, it has a greater capacity to store water, resulting in a time-varying basin response to storm events. As the season progresses, the stream recession rates increase as more hillslope water flows through the soil rather than as overland flow. Peak flows are also more attenuated as the active layer increases in thickness or as permafrost areal extent decreases.

  15. Implications of complete watershed soil moisture measurements to hydrologic modeling

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    Engman, E. T.; Jackson, T. J.; Schmugge, T. J.

    1983-01-01

    A series of six microwave data collection flights for measuring soil moisture were made over a small 7.8 square kilometer watershed in southwestern Minnesota. These flights were made to provide 100 percent coverage of the basin at a 400 m resolution. In addition, three flight lines were flown at preselected areas to provide a sample of data at a higher resolution of 60 m. The low level flights provide considerably more information on soil moisture variability. The results are discussed in terms of reproducibility, spatial variability and temporal variability, and their implications for hydrologic modeling.

  16. Effectiveness of vertical moisture barriers in highway pavements on expansive soils 

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    Jayatilaka, Ranasinghege

    1993-01-01

    chosen for this study in order to study the effectiveness of vertical moisture barriers in controlling the development of roughness. The moisture condition (suction) in the subgrade soils was measured using either thermal moisture sensors or thermocouple...

  17. Soil Moisture Constants and Physical Properties

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    ......................................................................................................4 Organic Matter, pH, Specific Gravity texture, Atterberg limits, bulk density, organic matter content, specific gravity, pH, and soil mois- ture

  18. Trajectory based detection of forest-change impacts on surface soil moisture at a basin scale [Poyang Lake Basin, China

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    Feng, Huihui; Liu, Yuanbo

    2014-06-01

    Surface soil moisture plays a critical role in hydrological processes, but varies with both natural and anthropogenic influences. Land cover change unavoidably alters surface property and subsequent soil moisture, and its contribution is yet hard to isolate from the mixed influences. In combination with trajectory analysis, this paper proposes a novel approach for detection of forest-change impacts on surface soil moisture variation with an examination over the Poyang Lake Basin, China from 2003 to 2009. Soil moisture in permanent forest trajectory represents a synthetic result of natural influences and serves as a reference for isolating soil moisture alternation due to land cover change at a basin scale. Our results showed that soil moisture decreased in all forest trajectories, while the absolute decrease was lower for permanent forest trajectory (2.53%) than the whole basin (2.61%), afforestation trajectories (2.70%) and deforestation trajectories (2.81%). Moreover, afforestation has a high capacity to hold more soil moisture, but may take more than 6 years to reach its maximum capacity. Soil moisture increased from 14.09% to 14.94% for the afforestation trajectories with tree aging from 1 to 6 years. Finally, land cover change may affect soil moisture alternation toward different transformation directions. Absolute soil moisture decreases by 0.08% for the whole basin, 0.17% for afforestation and 0.28% for deforestation trajectories, accounting for 3.13%, 6.47% and 10.07% of the total decrease in soil moisture. More specifically, the transformation from woody Savannas, cropland and other lands to forest generated absolute soil moisture deceases of 0.20%, -0.08% and 0.27%, accounting for 7.26%, -3.52% and 9.57% of the decreases. On the other hand, the reverse transformation generated soil moisture deceases of 0.29%, 0.21% and 0.35%, accounting for 10.43%, 7.69% and 12.14% of the total decrease. Our findings should be valuable for evaluating the impacts of land cover change on soil moisture alternation and promoting effective management of water resources.

  19. [Characteristics of soil moisture in artificial impermeable layers].

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    Suo, Gai-Di; Xie, Yong-Sheng; Tian, Fei; Chuai, Jun-Feng; Jing, Min-Xiao

    2014-09-01

    For the problem of low water and fertilizer use efficiency caused by nitrate nitrogen lea- ching into deep soil layer and soil desiccation in dryland apple orchard, characteristics of soil moisture were investigated by means of hand tamping in order to find a new approach in improving the water and fertilizer use efficiency in the apple orchard. Two artificial impermeable layers of red clay and dark loessial soil were built in soil, with a thickness of 3 or 5 cm. Results showed that artificial impermeable layers with the two different thicknesses were effective in reducing or blocking water infiltration into soil and had higher seepage controlling efficiency. Seepage controlling efficiency for the red clay impermeable layer was better than that for the dark loessial soil impermeable layer. Among all the treatments, the red clay impermeable layer of 5 cm thickness had the highest bulk density, the lowest initial infiltration rate (0.033 mm · min(-1)) and stable infiltration rate (0.018 mm · min(-1)) among all treatments. After dry-wet alternation in summer and freezing-thawing cycle in winter, its physiochemical properties changed little. Increase in years did not affect stable infiltration rate of soil water. The red clay impermeable layer of 5 cm thickness could effectively increase soil moisture content in upper soil layer which was conducive to raise the water and nutrient use efficiency. The approach could be applied to the apple production of dryland orchard. PMID:25757307

  20. De-noising of microwave satellite soil moisture time series

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    Su, Chun-Hsu; Ryu, Dongryeol; Western, Andrew; Wagner, Wolfgang

    2013-04-01

    The use of satellite soil moisture data for scientific and operational hydrologic, meteorological and climatological applications is advancing rapidly due to increasing capability and temporal coverage of current and future missions. However evaluation studies of various existing remotely-sensed soil moisture products from these space-borne microwave sensors, which include AMSR-E (Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer) on Aqua satellite, SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) mission and ASCAT (Advanced Scatterometer) on MetOp-A satellite, found them to be significantly different from in-situ observations, showing large biases and different dynamic ranges and temporal patterns (e.g., Albergel et al., 2012; Su et al., 2012). Moreover they can have different error profiles in terms of bias, variance and correlations and their performance varies with land surface characteristics (Su et al., 2012). These severely impede the effort to use soil moisture retrievals from multiple sensors concurrently in land surface modelling, cross-validation and multi-satellite blending. The issue of systematic errors present in data sets should be addressed prior to renormalisation of the data for blending and data assimilation. Triple collocation estimation technique has successfully yielded realistic error estimates (Scipal et al., 2008), but this method relies on availability of large number of coincident data from multiple independent satellite data sets. In this work, we propose, i) a conceptual framework for distinguishing systematic periodic errors in the form of false spectral resonances from non-systematic errors (stochastic noise) in remotely-sensed soil moisture data in the frequency domain; and ii) the use of digital filters to reduce the variance- and correlation-related errors in satellite data. In this work, we focus on the VUA-NASA (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with NASA) AMSR-E, CATDS (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, CNES) SMOS and TUWIEN (Vienna University of Technology) ASCAT data sets to identify two types of errors that are spectrally distinct. Based on a semi-empirical model of soil moisture dynamics, we consider possible digital filter designs to improve the accuracy of their soil moisture products by reducing systematic periodic errors and stochastic noise. We describe a methodology to design bandstop filters to remove artificial resonances, and a Wiener filter to remove stochastic white noise present in the satellite data. Utility of these filters is demonstrated by comparing de-noised data against in-situ observations from ground monitoring stations in the Murrumbidgee Catchment (Smith et al., 2012), southeast Australia. Albergel, C., de Rosnay, P., Gruhier, C., Muñoz Sabater, J., Hasenauer, S., Isaksen, L., Kerr, Y. H., & Wagner, W. (2012). Evaluation of remotely sensed and modelled soil moisture products using global ground-based in situ observations. Remote Sensing of Environment, 118, 215-226. Scipal, K., Holmes, T., de Jeu, R., Naeimi, V., & Wagner, W. (2008), A possible solution for the problem of estimating the error structure of global soil moisture data sets. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L24403. Smith, A. B., Walker, J. P., Western, A. W., Young, R. I., Ellett, K. M., Pipunic, R. C., Grayson, R. B., Siriwardena, L., Chiew, F. H. S., & Richter, H. (2012). The Murrumbidgee soil moisture network data set. Water Resources Research, 48, W07701. Su, C.-H., Ryu, D., Young, R., Western, A. W., & Wagner, W. (2012). Inter-comparison of microwave satellite soil moisture retrievals over Australia. Submitted to Remote Sensing of Environment.

  1. Soil Moisture Remote Sensing using GPS-Interferometric Reflectometry

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    Chew, Clara

    Ground-reflected Global Positioning System (GPS) signals can be used opportunistically to infer changes in land-surface characteristics surrounding a GPS monument. GPS satellites transmit at L-band, and at microwave frequencies the permittivity of the ground surface changes primarily due to its moisture content. Temporal changes in ground-reflected GPS signals are thus indicative of temporal changes in the moisture content surrounding a GPS antenna. The interference pattern of the direct and reflected GPS signal for a single satellite track is recorded in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) data. Alternating constructive and destructive interference as the satellite passes over the antenna results in a noisy oscillating wave at low satellite elevation angles, from which the phase, amplitude, and frequency (or reflector height) can be calculated. Here, an electrodynamic model that simulates SNR data is validated against field observations. The model is then used to show that temporal changes in these SNR metrics may be used to estimate changes in surface soil moisture in the top 5 cm of the soil column. Results show that changes in SNR phase are best correlated with changes in soil moisture, with an approximately linear slope. Surface roughness decreases the sensitivity of SNR phase to soil moisture, though the effect is not significant for small roughness values (<5 cm). Modeling experiments show that all three SNR metrics are affected by changes in the permittivity and height of a vegetation canopy. SNR amplitude is the best indicator of changes in vegetation. An increase in either canopy permittivity or height will cause a corresponding decrease in SNR phase. Seasonal changes in vegetation must be removed if soil moisture is to be estimated using phase data. An algorithm is presented that uses modeled relationships between canopy parameters and SNR metrics to remove seasonal vegetation effects from the phase time series, from which soil moisture time series may be estimated. Results indicate that this algorithm can successfully estimate surface soil moisture with an RMSE of 0.05 cm3 cm-3 or lower for many of the antennas that comprise the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) network.

  2. Comparative analysis of drought based on precipitation and soil moisture indices in Haihe basin of North China during the period of 1960-2010

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    Qin, Yue; Yang, Dawen; Lei, Huimin; Xu, Kai; Xu, Xiangyu

    2015-07-01

    Drought severity not only depends on weather anomaly, but is also related to terrestrial hydrological condition to a large extent. In this study, we analyzed droughts using indices based on precipitation and soil moisture during the period of 1960-2010 in Haihe basin, which is a typical drought-prone region in North China. The Soil Moisture Drought Severity (SMDS) and Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) are used to evaluate drought severity. SMDS is calculated based on the monthly soil moisture of upper 50 cm from the simulation by Community Land Model (CLM 4.0) and SPI is calculated based on gridded precipitation at 0.05° resolution (5 km × 5 km approximately), which is spatially interpolated from observations. During the last 51 years, 36 severe drought events (affecting areas greater than 20,000 km2 and durations longer than 3 months) have been identified based on SMDS, and 41 drought events identified based on SPI. Results derived from SMDS indicate that there is a significant increasing trend in the drought affected area, and that the drought event occurred in 1999 has the largest affected area. Compared with the drought events derived from SMDS, the events derived from SPI have shorter durations but larger affected areas on average. Although the mean NDVI of the whole basin has been increasing since the 1980s, the two declining periods of 1992-1994 and 1999-2003 show fairly good agreement with the drought events identified in the same periods. The Anomaly of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (A-NDVI) is introduced as NDVI anomaly from its trend line, thus the negative value of A-NDVI can reflect the drought impact on vegetation reasonably. Result indicates that both the SMDS and SPI are significantly correlated with A-NDVI, and correlation between annual SMDS and A-NDVI is higher than that of SPI.

  3. Soil moisture assessments for brown locust Locustana pardalina breeding potential using synthetic aperture radar

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    Crooks, William T. S.; Cheke, Robert A.

    2014-01-01

    Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery was collected over a brown locust Locustana pardalina outbreak area to estimate soil moisture relevant to egg development. ERS-2/RadarSat overpasses and field studies enabled parameterization of surface roughness, volumetric soil moisture, soil texture, and vegetation cover. Data were analyzed both when the target area was assessed as nonvegetated and when treated as vegetated. For the former, using the integral equation model (IEM) and soil surface data combined with the sensitivity of the IEM to changes in surface roughness introduced an error of ˜±0.06 cm3 cm-3 in volumetric soil moisture. Comparison of the IEM modeling results with backscatter responses from the ERS-2/RadarSat imagery revealed errors as high as ±0.14 cm3 cm-3, mostly due to IEM calibration problems and the impact of vegetation. Two modified versions of the water cloud model (WCM) were parameterized, one based on measurements of vegetation moisture and the other on vegetation biomass. A sensitivity analysis of the resulting model revealed a positive relationship between increases in both vegetation biomass and vegetation moisture and the backscatter responses from the ERS-2 and RadarSat sensors. The WCM was able to explain up to 80% of the variability found when the IEM was used alone.

  4. Evaluation of SMOS soil moisture products over the CanEx-SM10 area

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    Djamai, Najib; Magagi, Ramata; Goïta, Kalifa; Hosseini, Mehdi; Cosh, Michael H.; Berg, Aaron; Toth, Brenda

    2015-01-01

    The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Earth observation satellite was launched in November 2009 to provide global soil moisture and ocean salinity measurements based on L-band passive microwave measurements. Since its launch, different versions of SMOS soil moisture products processors have been developed. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the processor versions 309, 400, 501 and 551 by comparing them to (a) soil moisture measurements from the Canadian Experiment for Soil Moisture in 2010 (CanEx-SM10) and from networks of permanent and temporary stations, and (b) other existing satellite-based soil moisture products (AMSR-E/NSIDC, AMSR-E/VUA, and ASCAT). Rainfall data were used during the analysis in order to understand the episodic variability of soil moisture. The analysis included both agricultural site (Canadian Prairies) and forested site (Boreal Ecosystem Research and Monitoring Sites; BERMS), and considered separately the SMOS ascending and descending modes. An improvement in SMOS soil moisture estimation was observed from the processor versions 309 to 551. We observed a little difference between the processor versions 400, 501, and particularly between the processor versions 501 and 551. These later versions were more correlated to ground measurements than the previous processor versions. For the agricultural site, all the four SMOS processor versions underestimated the soil moisture, but to varying degrees depending on the overpasses mode. For the ascending overpass, the four processor versions have a high bias with respect to the measured ground data (from -0.10 m3/m3 to -0.12 m3/m3). For the descending overpass, however, a good improvement in the algorithms was observed. Thus the maximum bias for the measured ground data went from -0.12 m3/m3 for processor version 309 to -0.02 m3/m3 for processor version 551, and the soil moisture error seems to be less dependent on the absolute soil moisture for the two last versions. Highest correlation coefficients with ground measurements were obtained with SMOS processor version 551 (R ? 0.58), ASCAT (R ? 0.55), and AMSR-E/NSIDC (R ? 0.54) products for ascending overpasses. For descending overpasses AMSR-E/NSIDC (R ? 0.82) is better correlated to ground measurements followed by SMOS (R ? 0.58) and ASCAT (R ? 0.32). However, AMSR-E/VUA appears weakly correlated with ground truth for both overpasses. Despite the good correlation found with ground data, the temporal evolution of AMSR-E/NSIDC data became stable with the vegetation growth and presented a weak sensitivity to rainfall. Over the forested site, SMOS soil moisture estimates were generally overestimated, especially before the active vegetation period where the bias obtained with prototype 551 was greater than 0.10 m3/m3. Moreover, due to the denser and more complex vegetation cover, SMOS data were less correlated with the in situ data than for the Kenaston agricultural site. Soil moisture values from the ascending overpass were closer to the ground measurements (bias ? 0.01m3/m3) than the estimates from the descending overpasses (0.09 ? bias ? 0.11 m3/m3). ASCAT presented correlation coefficients to ground data comparable to those obtained by SMOS (version 551), whereas lower correlation coefficients were obtained with AMSR-E-NSIDC and mainly with AMSR-E/VUA data.

  5. A Flexible Moisture Content Probe for Unsaturated Soil Column Experiments

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    E. D. Mattson; K. E. Baker; C. D. Palmer; J. M Svoboda

    2006-05-01

    A commercially available soil moisture capacitance probe was modified by replacing rigid electrode traces with non-intrusive, flexible circuit board trace electrodes that can be attached to the interior of soil column walls. This new design minimizes soil packing difficulties and potential bias in flow pathways commonly associated with rigid probe installations in column experiments. Testing showed that the modified probe design provides reproducible output independent of sample bulk density. The electrical conductivity of the pore-water solution, however, affects the probe response. For cases where the specific conductance of the pore-water solution is constant, the probe can be calibrated. The flexible electrodes offer a simple means of minimizing sensor intrusion into laboratory soil columns while providing reproducible voltage output that is a function of moisture content.

  6. Controls on Near-Surface Soil Moisture Dynamics within a Tidal Marsh-Forested Upland Coastal Environment

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    Lawrence, Deborah

    Controls on Near-Surface Soil Moisture Dynamics within a Tidal Marsh-Forested Upland Coastal moisture within the top 30 cm of soil for the study transect 2.10 Time-averaged soil moisture and soil on soil moisture dynamics for varying soil texture and elevation 3.1 Schematic diagram of root water

  7. Inter-Comparison of Retrieved and Modelled Soil Moisture and Coherency of Remotely Sensed Hydrology Data

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    Kolassa, Jana; Aires, Filipe

    2013-04-01

    A neural network algorithm has been developed for the retrieval of Soil Moisture (SM) from global satellite observations. The algorithm estimates soil moisture from a synergy of passive and active microwave, infrared and visible satellite observations in order to capture the different SM variabilities that the individual sensors are sensitive to. The advantages and drawbacks of each satellite observation have been analysed and the information type and content carried by each observation have been determined. A global data set of monthly mean soil moisture for the 1993-2000 period has been computed with the neural network algorithm (Kolassa et al., in press, 2012). The resulting soil moisture retrieval product has then been used in an inter-comparison study including soil moisture from (1) the HTESSEL model (Balsamo et al., 2009), (2) the WACMOS satellite product (Liu et al., 2011), and (3) in situ measurements from the International Soil Moisture Network (Dorigo et al., 2011). The analysis showed that the satellite remote sensing products are well-suited to capture the spatial variability of the in situ data and even show the potential to improve the modelled soil moisture. Both satellite retrievals also display a good agreement with the temporal structures of the in situ data, however, HTESSEL appears to be more suitable for capturing the temporal variability (Kolassa et al., in press, 2012). The use of this type of neural network approach is currently being investigated as a retrieval option for the SMOS mission. Our soil moisture retrieval product has also been used in a coherence study with precipitation data from GPCP (Adler et al., 2003) and inundation estimates from GIEMS (Prigent et al., 2007). It was investigated on a global scale whether the three observation-based datasets are coherent with each other and show the expected behaviour. For most regions of the Earth, the datasets were consistent and the behaviour observed could be explained with the known hydrological processes. In addition, a regional analysis was conducted over several large river basins, including a detailed analysis of the time-lagged correlations between the three datasets and the spatial propagation of observed signals. Results appear consistent with the knowledge of the hydrological processes governing the individual basins. References Adler, R.F., G.J. Huffman, A. Chang, R. Ferraro, P. Xie, J. Janowiak, B. Rudolf, U. Schneider, S. Curtis, D. Bolvin, A. Gruber, J. Susskind, and P. Arkin (2003), The Version 2 Global Precipita- tion Climatology Project (GPCP) Monthly Precipitation Analysis (1979-Present).J. Hydrometeor., 4,1147-1167. Balsamo, G., Viterbo, P., Beljaars, A., van den Hurk, B., Hirschi, M., Betts, A. and Scipa,l K. (2009) A Revised Hydrology for the ECMWF Model: Verification from Field Site to Terrestrial Water Storage and Impact in the Integrated Forecast System, J. Hydrol., 10, 623-643 Dorigo, W. A., Wagner, W., Hohensinn, R., Hahn, S., Paulik, C., Xaver, A., Gruber, A., Drusch, M., Mecklenburg, S., van Oevelen, P., Robock, A., and Jackson, T. (2011), The International Soil Moisture Network: a data hosting facility for global in situ soil moisture measurements, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1675-1698 Kolassa, J., Aires, F., Polcher, J., Prigent, C., and Pereira, J. (2012), Soil moisture Retrieval from Multi-instrument Observations: Information Content Analysis and Retrieval Methodology (2012), J. Geophys. Res., Liu, Y. Y., Parinussa, R. M., Dorigo, W. A., De Jeu, R. A. M., Wagner, W., van Dijk, A. I. J. M., McCabe, M. F., and Evans, J. P.(2011), Developing an improved soil moisture dataset by blending passive and active microwave satellite-based retrievals, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 425-436. Prigent, C., F. Papa, F. Aires, W. B. Rossow, and E. Matthews (2007), Global inundation dy- namics inferred from multiple satellite observations, 1993-2000, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D12107, doi:10.1029/2006JD007847.

  8. Improving agricultural drought monitoring in West Africa using root zone soil moisture estimates derived from NDVI

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    McNally, A.; Funk, C. C.; Yatheendradas, S.; Michaelsen, J.; Cappelarere, B.; Peters-Lidard, C. D.; Verdin, J. P.

    2012-12-01

    The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) relies heavily on remotely sensed rainfall and vegetation data to monitor agricultural drought in Sub-Saharan Africa and other places around the world. Analysts use satellite rainfall to calculate rainy season statistics and force crop water accounting models that show how the magnitude and timing of rainfall might lead to above or below average harvest. The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is also an important indicator of growing season progress and is given more weight over regions where, for example, lack of rain gauges increases error in satellite rainfall estimates. Currently, however, near-real time NDVI is not integrated into a modeling framework that informs growing season predictions. To meet this need for our drought monitoring system a land surface model (LSM) is a critical component. We are currently enhancing the FEWS NET monitoring activities by configuring a custom instance of NASA's Land Information System (LIS) called the FEWS NET Land Data Assimilation System. Using the LIS Noah LSM, in-situ measurements, and remotely sensed data, we focus on the following questions: What is the relationship between NDVI and in-situ soil moisture measurements over the West Africa Sahel? How can we use this relationship to improve modeled water and energy fluxes over the West Africa Sahel? We investigate soil moisture and NDVI cross-correlation in the time and frequency domain to develop a transfer function model to predict soil moisture from NDVI. This work compares sites in southwest Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, and Mali to test the generality of the transfer function. For several sites with fallow and millet vegetation in the Wankama catchment in southwest Niger we developed a non-parametric frequency response model, using NDVI inputs and soil moisture outputs, that accurately estimates root zone soil moisture (40-70cm). We extend this analysis by developing a low order parametric transfer function that is appropriate for estimating soil moisture across the West Africa Sahel. Frequency domain analysis allows us to evaluate how phase shifts (lags) and gains (changes in amplitude) vary across sites depending on soil and vegetation characteristics (e.g. from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) soil and University of Maryland (UMD) vegetation parameter maps). We compare observed and NDVI estimated soil moisture to outputs from the LIS-Noah LSM to assess the potential for data assimilation and use of the NDVI estimated soil moisture for model validation at the regional scale.

  9. Influence of soil moisture on C incorporation and preservation in soil

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    Majumder, B.; Gocke, M.; Kuzyakov, Y.; Wiesenberg, G.

    2012-04-01

    Sequestration of atmospheric C into soil is only mediated by plant. Plant leaf can use atmospheric C by photosynthesis, thereafter this C is translocated into soil through plant root exudates and root fragments. With changing climatic conditions like decreasing rainfall especially during growing seasons of plants, water availability is thought to raise as limiting factor for plant growth and thus sequestration of C. However, little is known about the pathway of translocation of C from atmosphere to soil at different moisture regimes. To quantify atmospheric C incorporation in plant and its preservation into soil via the rhizosphere, a laboratory experiment on Juncus effusus, which is adapted to very moist conditions, was conducted. The plants were kept at levels of 70 and 100% soil moisture (relative to field capacity, which was adjusted daily to a difference of 30% between high and low moisture levels) for several months. C uptake by plants and translocation towards soil was traced 3, 7, 14 and 21 days after 14CO2 pulse labeling in bulk carbon and lipid fractions of plants and soils. J. effusus produced higher leaf and root biomass at 100% moisture as compared to 70% soil moisture. Consequently, rhizosphere-dry mass increased with increasing root biomass. Considering whole pot (plant & soil together), 14C proportion of shoots decreased and that of roots increased successively from 3 to 21 days after labelling due to translocation of C from shoots to roots. 14C content of rhizosphere was observed to be highest at day 14 after labeling at 100% soil moisture, implied an exceptional increase of root exudates, whereas root exudation was less in 70% soil moisture. As a result of C translocation from roots to soil, 14C content of soil increased until day 7 after labeling. Thereafter, soil 14C content decreased more sharply with time at 100% soil moisture than at 70% moisture. Moreover, to gain quantitative knowledge of 14C preservation, a comparatively recalcitrant C fraction, lipid-14C, was also measured. J. effusus leaf, grown at 70% soil moisture; showed higher percentage of lipid-14C of organic C, probably to protect higher loss of water through respiration. Similarly, rhizosphere and soil lipid-14C content were also high under 70% soil moisture, probably because of lower diffusion of root exudates at 70% soil moisture as compared to that at 100% soil moisture. With these result it can be concluded that incorporation of 14C in soil was high in 100% soil moisture but preservation, of bulk C and in the form of lipid-14C, was higher under 70% than that of 100% soil moisture. This clearly explains commonly lower C contents in dry vs. wet soils, where the latter benefit from improved C incorporation, whereas preservation might be less pronounced.

  10. Spatiotemporal Variability of Precipitation, Modeled Soil Moisture, and Vegetation Greenness in North America within the Recent Observational Record

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    Castro, Christopher L.

    Spatiotemporal Variability of Precipitation, Modeled Soil Moisture, and Vegetation Greenness) ABSTRACT Dominant spatiotemporal patterns of precipitation, modeled soil moisture, and vegetation in soil moisture and vegetation, respectively. The 9-yr signal is related to precipitation in late fall

  11. Measuring and Modeling Interactions Between Groundwater, Soil Moisture, and Plant Transpiration in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems

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    Rubin, Yoram

    Measuring and Modeling Interactions Between Groundwater, Soil Moisture, and Plant Transpiration Transpiration in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems © 2009 by Gretchen Rose Miller #12;1 Abstract Measuring and Modeling Interactions Between Groundwater, Soil Moisture, and Plant Transpiration in Natural

  12. Seasonal soil moisture patterns in contrasting habitats in the Willamette Valley, Oregon

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    Changing seasonal soil moisture regimes caused by global warming may alter plant community composition in sensitive habitats such as wetlands and oak savannas. To evaluate such changes, an understanding of typical seasonal soil moisture regimes is necessary. The primary objective...

  13. Evaluation of SMAP Level 2 Soil Moisture Algorithms Using SMOS Data

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    Bindlish, Rajat; Jackson, Thomas J.; Zhao, Tianjie; Cosh, Michael; Chan, Steven; O'Neill, Peggy; Njoku, Eni; Colliander, Andreas; Kerr, Yann; Shi, J. C.

    2011-01-01

    The objectives of the SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) mission are global measurements of soil moisture and land freeze/thaw state at 10 km and 3 km resolution, respectively. SMAP will provide soil moisture with a spatial resolution of 10 km with a 3-day revisit time at an accuracy of 0.04 m3/m3 [1]. In this paper we contribute to the development of the Level 2 soil moisture algorithm that is based on passive microwave observations by exploiting Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite observations and products. SMOS brightness temperatures provide a global real-world, rather than simulated, test input for the SMAP radiometer-only soil moisture algorithm. Output of the potential SMAP algorithms will be compared to both in situ measurements and SMOS soil moisture products. The investigation will result in enhanced SMAP pre-launch algorithms for soil moisture.

  14. The Soil Moisture Active and Passive Mission (SMAP): Science and Applications

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    Entekhabi, Dara

    The soil moisture active and passive mission (SMAP) will provide global maps of soil moisture content and surface freeze/thaw state. Global measurements of these variables are critical for terrestrial water and carbon cycle ...

  15. Modeling and application of soil moisture at varying spatial scales with parameter scaling 

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    Das, Narendra Narayan

    2009-05-15

    The dissertation focuses on characterization of subpixel variability within a satellite-based remotely sensed coarse-scale soil moisture footprint. The underlying heterogeneity of coarse-scale soil moisture footprint is ...

  16. Fostering applications opportunities for the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission

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    Moran, M. Susan

    The NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission will provide global observations of soil moisture and freeze/thaw state from space. We outline how priority applications contributed to the SMAP mission measurement ...

  17. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) applications activity

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission is one of the first-tier satellite missions recommended by the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space. The SMAP mission 1 is under development by NASA and is scheduled for launch late in 2014. The SMAP mea...

  18. Combined Passive Active Soil Moisture Observations during CLASIC

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    An important research direction in advancing higher spatial resolution and better accuracy in soil moisture remote sensing is the integration of active and passive observations. In an effort to address this objective, an airborne instrument, the passive/active L-band system (PALS), was flown as part...

  19. U.S National cropland soil moisture monitoring using SMAP

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Crop condition information is critical for public and private sector decision making that concerns agricultural policy, food production, food security, and food commodity prices. Crop conditions change quickly due to various growing condition events, such as temperature extremes, soil moisture defic...

  20. A comparison of soil moisture sensors for space flight applications.

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    Norikane, J H; Prenger, J J; Rouzan-Wheeldon, D T; Levine, H G

    2005-03-01

    Plants will be an important part of future long-term space missions. Automated plant growth systems require accurate and reliable methods of monitoring soil moisture levels. There are a number of different methods to accomplish this task. This study evaluated sensors using the capacitance method (ECH2O), the heat-pulse method (TMAS), and tensiometers, compared to soil water loss measured gravimetrically in a side-by-side test. The experiment monitored evaporative losses from substrate compartments filled with 1- to 2-mm baked calcinated clay media. The ECH2O data correlated well with the gravimetric measurements, but over a limited range of soil moisture. The averaged TMAS sensor data overstated soil moisture content levels. The tensiometer data appeared to track evaporative losses in the 0.5- to 2.5-kPa range of matric potential that corresponds to the water content needed to grow plants. This small range is characteristic of large particle media, and thus high-resolution tensiometers are required to distinguish changing moisture contents in this range. PMID:15934177

  1. Overview of the NASA soil moisture active/passive mission

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission is currently in design Phase C and scheduled for launch in October 2014. Its mission concept is based on combined L-band radar and radiometry measurements obtained from a shared, rotating 6-meter antennae. These measurements will be used to retrie...

  2. Why different passive microwave algorithms give different soil moisture retrievals

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Several algorithms have been used to retrieve surface soil moisture from brightness temperature observations provided by low frequency microwave satellite sensors such as the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer on NASA EOS satellite Aqua (AMSR-E). Most of these algorithms have originated from the...

  3. WindSat Global Soil Moisture Retrieval and Validation

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    A physically based six-channel land algorithm is developed to simultaneously retrieve the global soil moisture, vegetation water content and land surface temperature. The algorithm is based on a maximum-likelihood estimation and uses WindSat passive microwave data at 10, 18.7 and 37 GHz. The global ...

  4. The soil moisture active passive (SMAP) mission and validation

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite will be launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in October 2014. This satellite is the culmination of basic research and applications development over the past thirty years. During most of this period, research and development o...

  5. An adaptive ensemble Kalman filter for soil moisture data assimilation

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    In a 19-year twin experiment for the Red-Arkansas river basin we assimilate synthetic surface soil moisture retrievals into the NASA Catchment land surface model. We demonstrate how poorly specified model and observation error parameters affect the quality of the assimilation products. In particul...

  6. SMOS Soil Moisture Validation with U.S. Networks

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    For microwave remote sensing from space we must consider the one to forty km scale, which presents challenges. Soil moisture product validation for SMOS, as well as similar passive microwave satellite instruments, is a challenging. The disparity in spatial scale between conventional measurements of ...

  7. Effects of soil-moisture content on shallow seismic data

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    Jefferson, Robert D.; Steeples, Don W.; Black, Ross A.; Carr, Tim

    1998-07-01

    in the seismic data are attributed to the changes in soil?moisture content of the unconsolidated material. Higher amplitudes of reflections and refractions were obtained under wetter near?surface conditions. An increase in amplitude of 21 dB in the 100–300 Hz...

  8. Toward Global Soil Moisture Estimation By Satellite Precipitation Radars

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    Seto, S.; Oki, T.; Musiake, K.

    A soil moisture estimation algorithm using Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) / Precipitation Radar (PR) is developed to be applied at global scale. In our algorithm, the backscattering coefficients at land surface (denoted as 0) observed by PR is used. As 0 is attenuated by strong rainfall, the data observed during rainfall is not included in our calculation (the percentage if observation is done while it is raining is as small as 5 percent in global average). Soil moisture estimation algorithms by active microwave sensors have been proposed by other researches, though, they are mainly applied to Synthetic Aperture Radars (SAR). TRMM/PR has poor spatial resolution compared with SAR, but the observation frequency (temporal resolution) is as high as passive microwave sensors. On behalf of such high observation frequency, our algorithm can be applied at daily scale which is suitable to analyze soil mois- ture variation. Though TRMM/PR observes by different incident angles from 0 to 18 degree, our algorithm is basically designed for 0(12) (0 observed by 12 degree). Assuming that observed 0 is composed of s (the backscattering at bare soil) and v 0 0 (the backscattering at vegetation layer), it is shown that the sensitivity of 0 to soil moisture is higher by smaller incident angle and the sensitivity of 0 to vegetation cover ratio is lower when observed by 12 degree. If the temporal change of vegetation is not significant, 0 observed by among 3 to 18 degree is well correlated with 0(12). In such case, 0 is converted to 0(12) by linear regression to increase the number of sample per day. The algorithm is firstly applied to Oklahoma in central United States and validated using in-situ soil moisture data. In Oklahoma, the effect of vegetation growth is not significant, then the soil moisture estimates well correspond with in-situ data. Contrastedly, in the Sahel of Africa which shows strong seasonal vegetation cy- cle, 0 obseved by only around 12 degree can be employed, therefore our algorithm should be improved to give estimates almost every day. We are planning to produce 3-year soil moisutre data set (1998-2000, daily, 0.25 degree grids) and also hope to apply the algorithm to future satelite precipitation radars developed under Global Pre- cipitation Measurement (GPM) mission for global soil moisture estimation.

  9. Use of satellite and modeled soil moisture data for predicting event soil loss at plot scale

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    Todisco, F.; Brocca, L.; Termite, L. F.; Wagner, W.

    2015-09-01

    The potential of coupling soil moisture and a Universal Soil Loss Equation-based (USLE-based) model for event soil loss estimation at plot scale is carefully investigated at the Masse area, in central Italy. The derived model, named Soil Moisture for Erosion (SM4E), is applied by considering the unavailability of in situ soil moisture measurements, by using the data predicted by a soil water balance model (SWBM) and derived from satellite sensors, i.e., the Advanced SCATterometer (ASCAT). The soil loss estimation accuracy is validated using in situ measurements in which event observations at plot scale are available for the period 2008-2013. The results showed that including soil moisture observations in the event rainfall-runoff erosivity factor of the USLE enhances the capability of the model to account for variations in event soil losses, the soil moisture being an effective alternative to the estimated runoff, in the prediction of the event soil loss at Masse. The agreement between observed and estimated soil losses (through SM4E) is fairly satisfactory with a determination coefficient (log-scale) equal to ~ 0.35 and a root mean square error (RMSE) of ~ 2.8 Mg ha-1. These results are particularly significant for the operational estimation of soil losses. Indeed, currently, soil moisture is a relatively simple measurement at the field scale and remote sensing data are also widely available on a global scale. Through satellite data, there is the potential of applying the SM4E model for large-scale monitoring and quantification of the soil erosion process.

  10. Radon diffusion coefficients in soils of varying moisture content

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    Papachristodoulou, C.; Ioannides, K.; Pavlides, S.

    2009-04-01

    Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is generated in the Earth's crust and is free to migrate through soil and be released to the atmosphere. Due to its unique properties, soil gas radon has been established as a powerful tracer used for a variety of purposes, such as exploring uranium ores, locating geothermal resources and hydrocarbon deposits, mapping geological faults, predicting seismic activity or volcanic eruptions and testing atmospheric transport models. Much attention has also been given to the radiological health hazard posed by increased radon concentrations in the living and working environment. In order to exploit radon profiles for geophysical purposes and also to predict its entry indoors, it is necessary to study its transport through soils. Among other factors, the importance of soil moisture in such studies has been largely highlighted and it is widely accepted that any measurement of radon transport parameters should be accompanied by a measurement of the soil moisture content. In principle, validation of transport models in the field is encountered by a large number of uncontrollable and varying parameters; laboratory methods are therefore preferred, allowing for experiments to be conducted under well-specified and uniform conditions. In this work, a laboratory technique has been applied for studying the effect of soil moisture content on radon diffusion. A vertical diffusion chamber was employed, in which radon was produced from a 226Ra source, was allowed to diffuse through a soil column and was finally monitored using a silicon surface barrier detector. By solving the steady-state radon diffusion equation, diffusion coefficients (D) were determined for soil samples of varying moisture content (m), from null (m=0) to saturation (m=1). For dry soil, a D value of 4.1×10-7 m2s-1 was determined, which increased moderately by a factor of ~3 for soil with low moisture content, i.e. up to m ~0.2. At higher water fractions, a decrease in D was initiated and became particularly pronounced approaching complete saturation; at m =0.9, D was as low as 2×10-9 m2s-1. A series of field experiments has also been conducted using alpha-track CR-39 detectors to follow the moisture-dependence of radon diffusion through soil under natural conditions. Diffusion coefficients were determined as a function of surface soil moisture assuming a one-dimensional diffusive radon transport model. Comparison between results obtained by the two methods showed that laboratory studies may provide a good indication of radon diffusion coefficients to be expected in the field. However, values determined in the field were systematically lower than those assessed in the laboratory. This finding could be attributed to soil-dependent parameters, such as differences in pore space geometry between the soil used in laboratory experiments and the undisturbed soil. In the latter case, the higher degree of compaction imposes a more tortuous pathway to soil gas, while at the same time the diffusive gas flux is hindered by local-scale zones of higher bulk density or water content.

  11. Validation of long term satellite soil moisture records using tree ring data

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    de Jeu, R. A. M.; Parinussa, R. M.; Dorigo, W. A.; Wagner, W. W.; Liu, Y. Y.; Fernandez-Prieto, D.

    2012-04-01

    Recently, a multi-decadal dataset of satellite observed soil moisture products has been developed as part of the European Space Agency (ESA) project Earth observation Water Cycle Multi-Mission Observation Strategy (WACMOS). This dataset will be further improved within the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) programme of ESA. This dataset is based on both passive and active microwave observations and has been validated extensively with in situ observations and models. However, these validation studies have always been applied on short periods but were hardly evaluated for long term variations (> 10 years). This study aims on the use of tree ring data for annual variation validation. Tree rings chronologies are sensitive to climate variations and have successfully been used in the past to reconstruct evaporation, precipitation and drought fluctuations. The preservation of climate records in tree ring data makes it therefore potentially suitable for independent satellite validation. Tree ring data from different climate regimes were obtained from the international tree ring databank and compared to the 32 year (1979-2010) satellite soil moisture record. The dominant tree ring signal was retrieved by applying an empirical orthogonal Function (EOF) analysis on the normalized tree ring widths for the selected areas. This signal was then compared to soil moisture and the analysis revealed a strong relationship between annual tree ring width and soil moisture observation. Especially the soil moisture conditions during spring time have strong impact on the tree ring width. These first results give us confidence in the reliability of the annual variations of the multi-decadal products. The productive years corresponded with high soil moisture values and the opposite was found for less productive years. Although this is still based on a few selected tree ring sites we believe that data from the tree ring data bank can have a strong potential as a validation tool for long record satellite datasets. However, further research on more sites is still necessary to confirm the consistency of such an approach.

  12. Assessing the soil texture specific sensitivity of simulated soil moisture to projected climate change by SVAT modelling

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    Bormann, H.

    2012-04-01

    Climate change is assumed to have a regionally specific impact on the soil moisture regime. The impact of climate change on the soil moisture can be expected to depend on the soil texture. Since soil moisture observations are not available operationally, models can be used to elaborate such sensitivity. In this study, a soil vegetation atmosphere transfer scheme (SVAT) was applied to virtual soil columns to assess the soil texture specific sensitivity of simulated soil moisture to projected climate change. For each of the 31 soil texture classes of the German soil texture classification, long term simulations were carried out based on observed and scenario based climate data representing five different climate regions in Germany. The simulation results indicate that soil moisture regimes considerably differ from region to region and among different soil texture classes. Different soil texture classes showed different sensitivities of soil moisture with respect to projected climate change. While differences in soil moisture between current conditions and SRES climate scenarios were largest for silt soils, they were smallest for clay soils for continental as well as humid climates. Sand and loam soils behaved intermediately, showing a moderate sensitivity. The results also showed that soil texture specific sensitivity of soil moisture to climate change was largest for soils which were not affected by groundwater (no capillary rise). With an increasing influence of groundwater, differences between soil texture classes decreased. In contrast, increasing vegetation density, rooting depths and transpiration demand induced an increasing sensitivity of soil moisture to climate change except for continental climates. This study indicates that validated, physical based soil hydrological models serve as suitable tools to assess the response of soil moisture to changing climate conditions. Based on virtual soil columns, modelling experiments systematically reveal soil texture dependent sensitivities which can hardly be identified in real world studies due to limited availability and accessibility of the wide spectrum of different soil textures.

  13. The effect of spatial throughfall patterns on soil moisture patterns at the hillslope scale

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    Coenders-Gerrits, A. M. J.; Hopp, L.; Savenije, H. H. G.; Pfister, L.

    2013-05-01

    Improving the understanding of the controls on subsurface stormflow generation has been the goal of numerous experimental and modeling studies. However, the effect of the spatial variability of throughfall on soil moisture patterns and subsurface stormflow (SSF) generation has not yet been studied in detail. The objectives of this study are three-fold: (1) to investigate the influence of a spatially variable throughfall pattern on soil moisture; (2) to investigate if soil moisture patterns reflect a balance between a throughfall and bedrock topography patterns; and (3) to investigate how this balance changes when soil depth, storm size and slope angle are varied. Virtual experiments are used to address these questions. A virtual experiment is a numerical experiment driven by collective field intelligence. It provides a learning tool to investigate the effect of individual processes in a complex system. In our virtual experiment we combined spatial throughfall data from the Huewelerbach catchment in Luxembourg with the topography of a well-studied hillslope within the Panola Mountain Research Watershed, Georgia, USA. We used HYDRUS-3D as a modeling platform. The virtual experiment shows that throughfall patterns influence soil moisture patterns, but only during and shortly after a storm. With a semi-variogram analysis we showed how the effective range of the soil moisture pattern (i.e., the main descriptor of a spatial pattern in case of a small nugget to sill ratio), is similar to the effective range of the throughfall pattern during the storm and gradually returns to the effective range of the bedrock topography after throughfall has ceased. The same analysis was carried out to investigate how this balance changes due to changes in storm size, soil depth, and slope. The analysis showed that the throughfall pattern is more important during large storms on gentle slopes. For steeper slopes the bedrock topography becomes more important.

  14. Interactive effects of vegetation, soil moisture and bulk density on depth of burning of thick organic soils

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    Turetsky, Merritt

    Interactive effects of vegetation, soil moisture and bulk density on depth of burning of thick consumption. We experimentally altered soil moisture profiles of peat monoliths collected from several (Johnstone and Chapin 2006; Benscoter and Vitt 2008; Johnstone et al. 2010), soil moisture and temperature

  15. Interactive effects of vegetation, soil moisture and bulk density on depth of burning of thick organic soils

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    Benscoter, Brian W.

    PROOF ONLY Interactive effects of vegetation, soil moisture and bulk density on depth of burning consumption. We experimentally altered soil moisture profiles of peat monoliths collected from several (Johnstone and Chapin 2006; Benscoter and Vitt 2008; Johnstone et al. 2010), soil moisture and temperature

  16. Dielectric properties of soils as a function of moisture content

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    Cihlar, J.; Ulaby, F. T.

    1974-01-01

    Soil dielectric constant measurements are reviewed and the dependence of the dielectric constant on various soil parameters is determined. Moisture content is given special attention because of its practical significance in remote sensing and because it represents the single most influential parameter as far as soil dielectric properties are concerned. Relative complex dielectric constant curves are derived as a function of volumetric soil water content at three frequencies (1.3 GHz, 4.0 GHz, and 10.0 GHz) for each of three soil textures (sand, loam, and clay). These curves, presented in both tabular and graphical form, were chosen as representative of the reported experimental data. Calculations based on these curves showed that the power reflection coefficient and emissivity, unlike skin depth, vary only slightly as a function of frequency and soil texture.

  17. Calibration and validation of the soil moisture active passive mission with USDA-ARS experimental watersheds

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission (SMAP) is a new NASA mission scheduled for 2014 that will provide a number of soil moisture and freeze/thaw products. The soil moisture products will span spatial resolutions from 3 to 36 km. Key to the validation and calibration of the satellite products are...

  18. Soil moisture estimation using WindSat based passive microwave polarimetric observations

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Global soil moisture estimates are critical to study its role in weather and climate. Microwave remote sensing is the most feasible technique for large-scale soil moisture observations. Efforts have been made towards the goal of obtaining accurate satellite-based soil moisture products. Low frequenc...

  19. Remote sensing of an agricultural soil moisture network in Walnut Creek, Iowa

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The calibration and validation of soil moisture remote sensing products is complicated by the logistics of installing a soil moisture network for a long term period in an active landscape. Usually soil moisture sensors are added to existing precipitation networks which have as a singular requiremen...

  20. Calibration and validation of the COSMOS rover for surface soil moisture

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The mobile COsmic-ray Soil Moisture Observing System (COSMOS) rover may be useful for validating satellite-based estimates of near surface soil moisture, but the accuracy with which the rover can measure 0-5 cm soil moisture has not been previously determined. Our objectives were to calibrate and va...

  1. Evaluation of SMOS soil moisture products over the CanEx-SM10 area

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Earth observation satellite was launched in November 2009 to provide global soil moisture and ocean salinity measurements based on L-Band passive microwave measurements. Since its launch, different versions of SMOS soil moisture products processors have be...

  2. In situ validation of the soil moisture active passive (SMAP) satellite mission

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    SMAP is a new NASA mission proposed for 2014 that would provide a number of soil moisture and freeze/thaw products. The soil moisture products span spatial resolutions from 3 to 40 km. In situ soil moisture observations will be one of the key elements of the validation program for SMAP. Data from th...

  3. SMOS/SMAP synergy for SMAP level 2 soil moisture algorithm evaluation

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP)satellite has been proposed to provide global measurements of soil moisture and land freeze/thaw state at 10 km and 3 km resolutions, respectively. SMAP would also provide a radiometer-only soil moisture product at 40-km spatial resolution. This product and the sup...

  4. Evaluation of the SMAP radiometer lever 2 pre-launch soil moisture algorithms using SMOS data

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The objectives of the upcoming SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) satellite mission include global measurements of soil moisture at 40 km, 10 km and 3 km resolutions with a 3-day revisit time at an accuracy of 0.04 m3/m3. The 40 km resolution soil moisture product is based primarily on the passiv...

  5. Online Vegetation Parameter Estimation in Passive Microwave Regime for Soil Moisture Estimation

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Remote sensing observations in the passive microwave regime can be used to estimate surface soil moisture over land at global and regional scales. Soil moisture is important to applications such as weather forecasting, climate and agriculture. One approach to estimating soil moisture from remote sen...

  6. Canadian experiment for soil moisture in 2010 (CanEx-SM10): Overview and preliminary results

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The Canadian Experiment for Soil Moisture in 2010 (CanEx-SM10) was carried out in Saskatchewan, Canada from 31 May to 16 June, 2010. Its main objective was to contribute to the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission validation and the pre-launch assessment of the proposed Soil Moisture and ...

  7. SMOS soil moisture validation with U.S. in situ newworks

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Estimation of soil moisture at large scale has been performed using several satellite-based passive microwave sensors using a variety of retrieval methods. The most recent source of soil moisture is the European Space Agency Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission. Since it is a new sensor u...

  8. Adopting drought indices for estimating soil moisture: A North Carolina case study

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    Raman, Sethu

    Adopting drought indices for estimating soil moisture: A North Carolina case study Aaron P. Sims,1 range predictions. We study the use of two drought indices: Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) values soil moisture. INDEX TERMS: 1866 Hydrology: Soil moisture; 1812 Hydrology: Drought; 1894 Hydrology

  9. Sensitivity of satellite microwave and infrared observations to soil moisture at a global scale

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    Aires, Filipe

    Sensitivity of satellite microwave and infrared observations to soil moisture at a global scale: Relationship of satellite observations to in situ soil moisture measurements Catherine Prigent,1 Filipe Aires,2 of the sensitivity of the available satellite observations to in situ soil moisture measurements. Although none

  10. The SMAP In Situ Soil Moisture Sensor Testbed: Comparing in situ sensors for satellite validation

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    One of the most valuable tools in validating satellite based soil moisture estimates, such as those from the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission are large scale in situ networks. Global validation involves networks operated by many different organizations. Existing in situ soil moisture netw...

  11. RECONSTRUCTIONS OF SOIL MOISTURE FOR THE UPPER COLORADO RIVER BASIN USING TREE-RING CHRONOLOGIES1

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    Grissino-Mayer, Henri D.

    RECONSTRUCTIONS OF SOIL MOISTURE FOR THE UPPER COLORADO RIVER BASIN USING TREE-RING CHRONOLOGIES1 SallyRose Anderson, Glenn Tootle, and Henri Grissino-Mayer 2 ABSTRACT: Soil moisture is an important factor in the global hydrologic cycle, but existing reconstructions of historic soil moisture are limited

  12. In-situ Soil Moisture Sensing: Measurement Scheduling and Estimation using Compressive Sensing

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    Liu, Mingyan

    In-situ Soil Moisture Sensing: Measurement Scheduling and Estimation using Compressive Sensing mingyan@eecs.umich.edu ABSTRACT We consider the problem of monitoring soil moisture evolu- tion using of soil moisture evolution. We show that this basis attains very good tradeoff between its ability

  13. Accepted Manuscript Process modeling for soil moisture using sensor network data

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    Clark, James S.

    Accepted Manuscript Process modeling for soil moisture using sensor network data Souparno Ghosh. Ghosh, D.M. Bell, J.S. Clark, A.E. Gelfand, P. Flikkema, Process modeling for soil moisture using sensor that apply to the journal pertain. #12;Process Modeling for Soil Moisture using Sensor Network Data Souparno

  14. Hysteresis of soil moisture spatial heterogeneity and the "homogenizing" effect of vegetation

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    Troch, Peter

    Hysteresis of soil moisture spatial heterogeneity and the "homogenizing" effect of vegetation 16 September 2010. [1] By partitioning mass and energy fluxes, soil moisture exerts a fundamental experiment, this study investigates aspects of soil moisture spatial and temporal variability in a zeroorder

  15. Impacts of Unsaturated Zone Soil Moisture and Groundwater Table on Slope Instability

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    Impacts of Unsaturated Zone Soil Moisture and Groundwater Table on Slope Instability Ram L. Ray1 ; Jennifer M. Jacobs, M.ASCE2 ; and Pedro de Alba, M.ASCE3 Abstract: The combined effect of soil moisture. An improved infinite slope stability model, that directly includes unsaturated zone soil moisture

  16. An intercomparison of soil moisture fields in the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS)

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    Robock, Alan

    An intercomparison of soil moisture fields in the North American Land Data Assimilation System. This study intercompares these NLDAS soil moisture fields with each other and with available observations properties and the spatial variation of these soil moisture fields along with their temporal change

  17. Spatiotemporal analyses of soil moisture from point to footprint scale in two different hydroclimatic regions

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    Spatiotemporal analyses of soil moisture from point to footprint scale in two different] This paper presents time stability analyses of soil moisture at different spatial measurement support scales soil moisture data from the Southern Great Plains Hydrology Experiments 1997 and 1999 (SGP97 and SGP99

  18. Measurement depth of the cosmic ray soil moisture probe affected by hydrogen from various sources

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    Zreda, Marek

    Measurement depth of the cosmic ray soil moisture probe affected by hydrogen from various sources of cosmic ray soil moisture neutron probes such that reliable water fluxes may be computed from a time series of cosmic ray soil moisture. In particular, we describe how the neutron signal depends on three

  19. Circular Polarization for L-band Radiometric Soil Moisture Roger D. De Roo, Anthony W. England

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    De Roo, Roger

    Circular Polarization for L-band Radiometric Soil Moisture Retrieval Roger D. De Roo, Anthony W retrievals of surface soil moisture at L-band, the preferred polarization is hori- zontal polarization, because it has higher sensitivity to the soil moisture than does vertical polarization. However, L- band

  20. Tight coupling between soil moisture and the surface radiation budget in semiarid environments: Implications for

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    Small, Eric

    Tight coupling between soil moisture and the surface radiation budget in semiarid environments; accepted 20 June 2003; published 4 October 2003. [1] Observations are used to examine how soil moisture and the atmosphere, in particular assessing if a feedback exists between soil moisture and rainfall anomalies. We use

  1. ForPeerReview The impact of soil moisture and convectively-generated

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    Birch, Cathryn

    ForPeerReview The impact of soil moisture and convectively-generated waves on the initiation system, Secondary initiation, Gravity wave, Soil moisture, Land-atmosphere interaction, AMMA Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society #12;ForPeerReview The impact of soil moisture and convectively

  2. Initial Analyses and Demonstration of a Soil Moisture Smart Sensor Web

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    Mahajan, Aditya

    1 Initial Analyses and Demonstration of a Soil Moisture Smart Sensor Web Mahta Moghaddam(1) , Dara of the spaceborne sensors, with respect to resolution and accuracy. One potential application is the Soil Moisture of soil moisture estimated from satellite radars and radiometers, with calibration and validation using in

  3. In-situ Soil Moisture Sensing: Measurement Scheduling and Estimation Using Sparse Sampling

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    Liu, Mingyan

    1 In-situ Soil Moisture Sensing: Measurement Scheduling and Estimation Using Sparse Sampling MINGYAN LIU, The University of Michigan We consider the problem of monitoring soil moisture evolution temporal evolution of soil moisture). In this paper we explore the use of results from the theory of sparse

  4. Modeling soil moisture-precipitation feedback in the Sahel: Importance of spatial scale versus convective parameterization

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    Guichard, Francoise

    Modeling soil moisture-precipitation feedback in the Sahel: Importance of spatial scale versus November 2013; published 10 December 2013. [1] Feedback between soil moisture and precipitation influence of daytime convection to soil moisture. Here we compare regional simulations using a single model, run

  5. Impacts of vegetation and cold season processes on soil moisture and climate relationships over Eurasia

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    Ni-Meister, Wenge

    Impacts of vegetation and cold season processes on soil moisture and climate relationships over soil moisture persistence and its effects on the atmosphere. Such analyses are particularly valuable investigate the impacts of vegetation and cold season processes on soil moisture persistence and climate

  6. On the value of soil moisture measurements in vadose zone hydrology: A review

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    Vrugt, Jasper A.

    On the value of soil moisture measurements in vadose zone hydrology: A review H. Vereecken,1 J. A of soil moisture measurements in vadose zone hydrology with a focus on the field and catchment scales. This review is motivated by the increasing ability to measure soil moisture with unprecedented spatial

  7. Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture over Australia from Draper, C. S.1,2

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    Walker, Jeff

    Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture over Australia from AMSR-E Draper, C. S.1,2 , J.P. Walker1 , P, The Netherlands. Email: c.draper@bom.gov.au Keywords: AMSR-E, remote sensing, soil moisture, Australia, numerical weather prediction. EXTENDED ABSTRACT Soil moisture can significantly influence atmospheric evolution

  8. Dry-end surface soil moisture variability during NAFE'06 A. J. Teuling,1,2

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    Troch, Peter

    Dry-end surface soil moisture variability during NAFE'06 A. J. Teuling,1,2 R. Uijlenhoet,1 R-time variability of soil moisture is important for land surface and climate studies. Here we develop an analytical model to investigate how, at the dry-end of the soil moisture range, the main characteristics

  9. Soil moisture content estimation using ground-penetrating radar reflection data

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    Hubbard, Susan

    Soil moisture content estimation using ground-penetrating radar reflection data I.A. Lunta,1 , S variable hydrological conditions. q 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Keywords: Soil moisture; GPR; Reflection; Irrigation; Precision agriculture 1. Introduction Soil moisture content information is needed

  10. Footprint diameter for a cosmic-ray soil moisture probe: Theory and Monte Carlo simulations

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    Zreda, Marek

    Footprint diameter for a cosmic-ray soil moisture probe: Theory and Monte Carlo simulations Darin diameter for a cosmic-ray soil moisture probe. Neutron diffusion theory and numerical transport the lateral footprint for a cosmic-ray soil moisture probe. The footprint is radial and can be described

  11. Forty Five Years of Observed Soil Moisture in the Ukraine: No Summer Desiccation (Yet)

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    Robock, Alan

    Forty Five Years of Observed Soil Moisture in the Ukraine: No Summer Desiccation (Yet) Alan Robock-mail: robock@envsci.rutgers.edu #12;- 1 - Forty Five Years of Observed Soil Moisture in the Ukraine: No Summer Desiccation (Yet) Abstract We present the longest data set of observed soil moisture available in the world

  12. Measuring soil moisture content non-invasively at intermediate spatial scale using cosmic-ray neutrons

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    Zreda, Marek

    Measuring soil moisture content non-invasively at intermediate spatial scale using cosmic; accepted 26 September 2008; published 1 November 2008. [1] Soil moisture content on a horizontal scale-resolution, long-term monitoring of undisturbed soil moisture conditions. The large footprint makes the method

  13. Modeling soil moisture-precipitation feedback in the Sahel: Importance of spatial scale versus convective parameterization

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    Guichard, Francoise

    Modeling soil moisture-precipitation feedback in the Sahel: Importance of spatial scale versus November 2013. [1] Feedback between soil moisture and precipitation influence climate variability to soil moisture. Here we compare regional simulations using a single model, run at different spatial

  14. Supplemental Material for Forty Five Years of Observed Soil Moisture in the Ukraine: No

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    Robock, Alan

    Supplemental Material for Forty Five Years of Observed Soil Moisture in the Ukraine: No Summer Submitted to Geophysical Research Letters November, 2004 #12;- 1 - Ukrainian Soil Moisture Stations The individual soil moisture stations in the Ukraine are shown in Figure 1. The data are averaged into the 25

  15. Zinc movement in sewage-sludge-treated soils as influenced by soil properties, irrigation water quality, and soil moisture level

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    Welch, J.E.; Lund, L.J.

    1989-01-01

    A soil column study was conducted to assess the movement of Zn in sewage-sludge-amended soils. Varables investigated were soil properties, irrigation water quality, and soil moisture level. Bulk samples of the surface layer of six soil series were packed into columns, 10.2 cm in diameter and 110 cm in length. An anaerobically digested municipal sewage sludge was incorporated into the top 20 cm of each column at a rate of 300 mg ha-1. The columns were maintained at moisture levels of saturation and unsaturation and were leached with two waters of different quality. At the termination of leaching, the columns were cut open and the soil was sectioned and analyzed. Zinc movement was evaluated by mass balance accounting and correlation and regression analysis. Zinc movement in the unsaturated columns ranged from 3 to 30 cm, with a mean of 10 cm. The difference in irrigation water quality did not have an effect on Zn movement. Most of the Zn applied to the unsaturated columns remained in the sludge-amended soil layer (96.1 to 99.6%, with a mean of 98.1%). The major portion of Zn leached from the sludge-amended soil layer accumulated in the 0- to 3-cm depth (35.7 to 100%, with a mean of 73.6%). The mean final soil pH values decreased in the order: saturated columns = sludge-amended soil layer > untreated soils > unsaturated columns. Total Zn leached from the sludge-amended soil layer was correlated negatively at P = 0.001 with final pH (r = -0.85). Depth of Zn movement was correlated negatively at P = 0.001 with final pH (r = -0.91). Multiple linear regression analysis showed that the final pH accounted for 72% of the variation in the total amounts of Zn leached from the sludge-amended soil layer of the unsaturated columns and accounted for 82% of the variation in the depth of Zn movement among the unsaturated columns. A significant correlation was not found between Zn and organic carbon in soil solutions, but a negative correlation significant at P = 0.001 was found between pH and Zn (r = -0.61).

  16. Identification of optimal soil hydraulic functions and parameters for predicting soil moisture

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    We examined the accuracy of several commonly used soil hydraulic functions and associated parameters for predicting observed soil moisture data. We used six combined methods formed by three commonly used soil hydraulic functions – i.e., Brooks and Corey (1964) (BC), Campbell (19...

  17. Satellite microwave observations of soil moisture variations. [by the microwave radiometer on the Nimbus 5 satellite

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    Schmugge, T. J.; Rango, A.; Neff, R.

    1975-01-01

    The electrically scanning microwave radiometer (ESMR) on the Nimbus 5 satellite was used to observe microwave emissions from vegetated and soil surfaces over an Illinois-Indiana study area, the Mississippi Valley, and the Great Salt Lake Desert in Utah. Analysis of microwave brightness temperatures (T sub B) and antecedent rainfall over these areas provided a way to monitor variations of near-surface soil moisture. Because vegetation absorbs microwave emission from the soil at the 1.55 cm wavelength of ESMR, relative soil moisture measurements can only be obtained over bare or sparsely vegetated soil. In general T sub B increased during rainfree periods as evaporation of water and drying of the surface soil occurs, and drops in T sub B are experienced after significant rainfall events wet the soil. Microwave observations from space are limited to coarse resolutions (10-25 km), but it may be possible in regions with sparse vegetation cover to estimate soil moisture conditions on a watershed or agricultural district basis, particularly since daily observations can be obtained.

  18. Modeling Soil Moisture in the Mojave Desert

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    Miller, David M.; Hughson, Debra; Schmidt, Kevin M.

    2008-01-01

    The Mojave Desert is an arid region of southeastern California and parts of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah; the desert occupies more than 25,000 square miles (fig. 1). Ranging from below sea level to over 5,000 feet (1,524 m) in elevation, the Mojave Desert is considered a ?high desert.? On the west and southwest it is bounded by the Sierra Nevada, the San Gabriel, and the San Bernardino Mountains. These imposing mountains intercept moisture traveling inland from the Pacific Ocean, producing arid conditions characterized by extreme fluctuations in daily temperatures, strong seasonal winds, and an average annual precipitation of less than six inches. The Mojave Desert lies farther south and at a lower elevation than the cooler Great Basin Desert and grades southward into the even lower and hotter Sonoran Desert.

  19. Soil moisture surpasses elevated CO2 and temperature as a control on soil carbon dynamics in a multi-factor climate change experiment

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    Garten Jr, Charles T; Classen, Aimee T; Norby, Richard J

    2009-01-01

    Some single-factor experiments suggest that elevated CO2 concentrations can increase soil carbon, but few experiments have examined the effects of interacting environmental factors on soil carbon dynamics. We undertook studies of soil carbon and nitrogen in a multi-factor (CO2 x temperature x soil moisture) climate change experiment on a constructed old-field ecosystem. After four growing seasons, elevated CO2 had no measurable effect on carbon and nitrogen concentrations in whole soil, particulate organic matter (POM), and mineral-associated organic matter (MOM). Analysis of stable carbon isotopes, under elevated CO2, indicated between 14 and 19% new soil carbon under two different watering treatments with as much as 48% new carbon in POM. Despite significant belowground inputs of new organic matter, soil carbon concentrations and stocks in POM declined over four years under soil moisture conditions that corresponded to prevailing precipitation inputs (1,300 mm yr-1). Changes over time in soil carbon and nitrogen under a drought treatment (approximately 20% lower soil water content) were not statistically significant. Reduced soil moisture lowered soil CO2 efflux and slowed soil carbon cycling in the POM pool. In this experiment, soil moisture (produced by different watering treatments) was more important than elevated CO2 and temperature as a control on soil carbon dynamics.

  20. Is the PDO or AMO the climate driver of soil moisture in the Salmon River Basin, Idaho?

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    Tang, Chunling; Chen, Dong; Crosby, Benjamin T.; Piechota, Thomas C.; Wheaton, Joseph M.

    2014-09-01

    Current droughts and increasing water demands are straining water resources in the Salmon River Basin (SRB) and are anticipated to continue in the future. As a robust drought indictor, soil moisture plays an important role in characterizing prolonged droughts. The current study investigates the impacts of two oceanic-atmospheric patterns, i.e. the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), on soil moisture and identify the most complete driver (PDO/AMO) of soil moisture in the SRB. Using wavelet analysis tools, we found that: 1) soil moisture in both Stanley station (a snow-dominated region) and White Bird station (a rain-dominated region) in the SRB are linked to the variations of the PDO and AMO; 2) both the PDO and AMO have less significant impacts on soil moisture in Stanley station; and 3) the PDO produces, with respect to AMO, a stronger correlation with soil moisture in the SRB. Given the importance of the soil moisture to the drought, the results could allow an estimation of drought availability under forecasted oceanic-atmospheric patterns, which will provide useful information for water resources management in the SRB.

  1. Soil moisture-temperature feedbacks at meso-scale during summer heat waves over Western Europe

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    Stéfanon, Marc; Drobinski, Philippe; D'Andrea, Fabio; Lebeaupin-Brossier, Cindy; Bastin, Sophie

    2014-03-01

    This paper investigates the impact of soil moisture-temperature feedback during heatwaves occurring over France between 1989 and 2008. Two simulations of the weather research and forecasting regional model have been analysed, with two different land-surface models. One resolves the hydrology and is able to simulate summer dryness, while the other prescribes constant and high soil moisture and hence no soil moisture deficit. The sensitivity analysis conducted for all heatwave episodes highlights different soil moisture-temperature responses (1) over low-elevation plains, (2) over mountains and (3) over coastal regions. In the plains, soil moisture deficit induces less evapotranspiration and higher sensible heat flux. This has the effect of heating the planetary boundary layer and at the same time of creating a general condition of higher convective instability and a slight increase of shallow cloud cover. A positive feedback is created which increases the temperature anomaly during the heatwaves. In mountainous regions, enhanced heat fluxes over dry soil reinforce upslope winds producing strong vertical motion over the mountain slope, first triggered by thermal convection. This, jointly to the instability conditions, favors convection triggering and produces clouds and precipitation over the mountains, reducing the temperature anomaly. In coastal regions, dry soil enhances land/sea thermal contrast, strengthening sea-breeze circulation and moist cold marine air advection. This damps the magnitude of the heatwave temperature anomaly in coastal areas, expecially near the Mediterranean coast. Hence, along with heating in the plains, soil dryness can also have a significant cooling effect over mountains and coastal regions due to meso-scale circulations.

  2. Sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition to simultaneous changes in temperature and moisture

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    Sierra, Carlos; Trumbore, Susan; Davidson, Eric; Vicca, Sara; Janssens, Ivan

    2014-05-01

    Soil organic matter decomposition depends on multiple factors that are being altered simultaneously as a result of global environmental change. For this reason it is important to study the overall sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition with respect to multiple and interacting drivers. Here we present an analysis of the potential response of decomposition rates to simultaneous changes in temperature and moisture. To address this problem, we first present a theoretical framework to study the sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition when multiple driving factors change simultaneously. We then apply this framework to models and data at different levels of abstraction: 1) to a mechanistic model that addresses the limitation of enzyme activity by simultaneous effects of temperature and soil water content, the latter controlling substrate supply and oxygen concentration for microbial activity; 2) to different mathematical functions used to represent temperature and moisture effects on decomposition in biogeochemical models. To contrast model predictions at these two levels of organization, we compiled different datasets of observed responses in field and laboratory studies. Then we applied our conceptual framework to: 3) observations of soil respiration at the ecosystem level; 4) laboratory experiments looking at the response of heterotrophic respiration to independent changes in moisture and temperature; and 5) ecosystem-level experiments manipulating soil temperature and water content simultaneously. The combined theoretical and empirical evidence reviewed suggests: first, large uncertainties still remain regarding the combined controls of temperature and moisture on decomposition rates, particularly at high temperatures and the extremes of the soil moisture range; second, the highest sensitivities of decomposition rates are likely in systems where temperature and moisture are high such as tropical peatlands, and at temperatures near the freezing point of water such as in soils under freeze-thaw cycles. These regions also exhibit the largest differences in projected changes in decomposition rates among different models. Third, the lowest sensitivity of decomposition rates to changes in temperature and moisture is expected in soils with temperatures well below the freezing point. Uncertainty in models can be reduced if some of the functions representing the effects of temperature and moisture on decomposition can be discredited based on empirical observations or experiments.

  3. Soil moisture dynamics and their effect on bioretention performance in Northeast Ohio

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    Bush, S. A.; Jefferson, A.; Jarden, K.; Kinsman-Costello, L. E.; Grieser, J.

    2014-12-01

    Urban impervious surfaces lead to increases in stormwater runoff. Green infrastructure, like bioretention cells, is being used to mitigate negative impacts of runoff by disconnecting impervious surfaces from storm water systems and redirecting flow to decentralized treatment areas. While bioretention soil characteristics are carefully designed, little research is available on soil moisture dynamics within the cells and how these might relate to inter-storm variability in performance. Bioretentions have been installed along a residential street in Parma, Ohio to determine the impact of green infrastructure on the West Creek watershed, a 36 km2 subwatershed of the Cuyahoga River. Bioretentions were installed in two phases (Phase I in 2013 and Phase II in 2014); design and vegetation density vary slightly between the two phases. Our research focuses on characterizing soil moisture dynamics of multiple bioretentions and assessing their impact on stormwater runoff at the street scale. Soil moisture measurements were collected in transects for eight bioretentions over the course of one summer. Vegetation indices of canopy height, percent vegetative cover, species richness and NDVI were also measured. A flow meter in the storm drain at the end of the street measured storm sewer discharge. Precipitation was recorded from a meteorological station 2 km from the research site. Soil moisture increased in response to precipitation and decreased to relatively stable conditions within 3 days following a rain event. Phase II bioretentions exhibited greater soil moisture and less vegetation than Phase I bioretentions, though the relationship between soil moisture and vegetative cover is inconclusive for bioretentions constructed in the same phase. Data from five storms suggest that pre-event soil moisture does not control the runoff-to-rainfall ratio, which we use as a measure of bioretention performance. However, discharge data indicate that hydrograph characteristics, such as lag time and peak flow, are altered relative to a control street. This analysis suggests that street-scale implementation of bioretention can reduce the impact of impervious surface on stormflows, but more information is needed to fully understand how soil moisture of the bioretentions affects inter-storm variability in performance.

  4. Microwave Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture for Estimation of Soil Properties

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    Mattikalli, Nandish M.; Engman, Edwin T.; Jackson, Thomas J.

    1997-01-01

    Surface soil moisture dynamics was derived using microwave remote sensing, and employed to estimate soil physical and hydraulic properties. The L-band ESTAR radiometer was employed in an airborne campaign over the Little Washita watershed, Oklahoma during June 10-18, 1992. Brightness temperature (TB) data were employed in a soil moisture inversion algorithm which corrected for vegetation and soil effects. Analyses of spatial TB and soil moisture dynamics during the dry-down period revealed a direct relationship between changes in TB, soil moisture and soil texture. Extensive regression analyses were carried out which yielded statistically significant quantitative relationships between ratio of percent sand to percent clay (RSC, a term derived to quantify soil texture) and saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) in terms of change components of TB and surface soil moisture. Validation of results indicated that both RSC and Ksat can be estimated with reasonable accuracy. These findings have potential applications for deriving spatial distributions of RSC and Ksat over large areas.

  5. Can SMAP radar observations be used to determine vegetation moisture status and root zone soil moisture?

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    Steele-Dunne, S. C.; Friesen, J.; van de Giesen, N.

    2010-12-01

    Recently, large differences in backscatter between the ascending (evening) and descending (morning) tracks of the wind scatterometer onboard the ERS-1 and ERS-2 satellites have been identified in times and locations of vegetation water stress. This suggests that vegetation might be considered as a source of information rather than a barrier to soil moisture retrieval. The goal here is to develop a quantitative relationship between the magnitude of the diurnal variation in backscatter and the vegetation water status. In turn, this will lead to information on the availability of water in the root zone. Diurnal variation in the backscatter response of vegetation was identified as early as the 1970s and was first observed from space in Seasat-1 scatterometer data in 1982. Subsequent field and laboratory experiments, primarily those of Ulaby and McDonald, have demonstrated that the variation is largely driven by changes in the dielectric properties of vegetation, which in turn depend on vegetation moisture content, sap chemistry and temperature. The magnitude of the diurnal variation in dielectric constant varies considerably within the vegetation itself. Furthermore, the contribution of individual vegetation components to backscatter depends on polarization and frequency. A combination of microwave theory and a numerical study will be used to argue that the morning and evening passes of the L-band radar on the SMAP satellite could be combined to yield information on vegetation water stress and root zone soil moisture. An innovative data assimilation strategy will be presented that could be used to merge the SMAP radar observations with a microwave backscatter model and a resistance-capacitance model to estimate vegetation moisture status and infer root zone soil moisture.

  6. Evaluating trends and anomalies of a multi-sensor soil moisture climate data record

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    Dorigo, W.; De Jeu, R. A. M.; Wagner, W.; Parinussa, R. M.; Liu, Y. Y.; Fernández-Prieto, D.

    2012-04-01

    The importance of soil moisture in the global climate system was recently underlined by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) by endorsing soil moisture as an Essential Climate Variable. With reference to GCOS, the European Space Agency (ESA) decided to support the construction and exploration of a satellite-based climate data record of soil moisture through the Water Cycle Multi-Mission Observation Strategy (WACMOS) project and the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) programme. The global dataset is based on various sources of active and passive microwave datasets with the earliest observations dating back as far as late 1978. Currently the data record is available until 2010 but is continuously complemented with recent data sets. This contribution will firstly briefly summarize the construction of the merged dataset. Next, the dataset is evaluated in terms of observed trends and extremes and cross-validated with other variables that play an active role within the hydrological cycle, such as precipitation and ocean circulation patterns. The trend analysis was performed by applying linear regression to the average yearly soil moisture values over the entire 32-year period. Over the observation period strong negative trends (decreasing soil moisture) were observed, e.g., in Russia and Kazakhstan while strong positive trends were observed over northeast Brazil and southern Africa. The trends observed in the remotely sensed soil moisture largely agree with trends observed in vegetation density and can often be coupled to well-known events of drought and flooding that occurred in recent years. For example, Russia and Kazakhstan have suffered from major droughts over the past years culminating in the strong heat wave of 2010. However, most trends are statistically only weak and are often masked by interannual variations. Also the influence of climate modes and artefacts resulting from sensor intercalibration issues will be critically reviewed in this presentation.

  7. The Potential of Remotely Sensed Evapotranspiration and Soil Moisture Retrievals in Calibrating Land Surface Models

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    Ryu, D.; Kunnath Poovakka, A.; Renzullo, L. J.; George, B.

    2014-12-01

    Model calibration is frequently limited by the availability, quality, quantity and the nature of ground observations. Remotely sensed soil moisture and evapotranspiration (ET) provide an alternative source of hydrological information to inform models. In this study, microwave soil moisture retrievals from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-EOS (AMSR-E) and daily estimates of ET from CSIRO MODIS ReScaled potential ET (CMRSET) model are adopted to calibrate a land surface model using 15 different objective functions considering various combinations of bias and correlation of ET and soil moisture. The Shuffled Complex Evolution (SCE) calibration algorithm is used to calibrate a grid-based land surface model modified from the Australian Water Resource Assessment - Landscape (AWRA-L) model. The study catchments are located in south Australia with ground observations of ET and soil moisture for validation. Parameters for calibration are selected based on the results from variance-based Sobols' sensitivity analysis. The efficacy of each calibration is assessed mainly based on the streamflow predictability of the calibrated model. Calibration schemes with a greater emphasis on ET provide good estimates of ET but the streamflow predictions are comparatively poor. It is found that the streamflow predictions improve when higher importance is given to soil moisture derived objective functions. The optimized parameter values exhibit wide variations for different objective functions even though they provide similar values for streamflow, ET and soil moisture. Lastly, we discuss about the reasons for poor performance of the ET-based calibration and the impact of physical properties of the catchment on the calibration. This study has important implications to the optimal use of remotely sensed observations for hydrological modeling at large catchments with sparse or no gauging.

  8. Soil moisture and soil-litter mixing effects on surface litter decomposition: A controlled environment assessment

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    Archer, Steven R.

    temperature and radiant energy levels and soil-litter mixing. Temperature and radiant energy effects on litter the fluctuations and extremes in temperature, radiant energy and moisture regimes common dryland field settings

  9. Short- and long-term patterns of soil moisture in alpine tundra

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    Taylor, R.V. ); Seastedt, T.R. )

    1994-02-01

    Time domain reflectometry (TDR), a nondestructive technique for monitoring water content of soils, was used to measure volumetric soil moisture in three different communities in the alpine tundra during the summer of 1992. Data were converted to gravimetric estimates in order to allow comparison with 20 yr of records of gravimetric data, some of which date back to 1953. Analysis for growing-season trends indicated progressive depletion of soil moisture in all three community types studied. Using a liner model, mesic meadows showed the strongest seasonal decline and wet meadows the weakest. Curvilinear fits of the data suggested midsummer minima in xeric and mesic meadows and a midsummer maximum in wet meadows. Average summer soil moisture values for xeric meadows during the 1953-1964 interval were lower than those made in later years. This result may reflect sample site difference, but is consistent with a directional trend in increasing precipitation over this interval. Average summer soil moisture content of xeric meadows was correlated with annual precipitation, but not growing season (June-August) rainfall; this pattern was only discernible with the 20 yr data set. 35 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs.

  10. The NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission Formulation

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    Entekhabi, Dara; Njoku, Eni; ONeill, Peggy; Kellogg, Kent; Entin, Jared

    2011-01-01

    The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission is one of the first-tier projects recommended by the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space. The SMAP mission is in formulation phase and it is scheduled for launch in 2014. The SMAP mission is designed to produce high-resolution and accurate global mapping of soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state using an instrument architecture that incorporates an L-band (1.26 GHz) radar and an L-band (1.41 GHz) radiometer. The simultaneous radar and radiometer measurements will be combined to derive global soil moisture mapping at 9 [km] resolution with a 2 to 3 days revisit and 0.04 [cm3 cm-3] (1 sigma) soil water content accuracy. The radar measurements also allow the binary detection of surface freeze/thaw state. The project science goals address in water, energy and carbon cycle science as well as provide improved capabilities in natural hazards applications.

  11. Application of Multitemporal Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture for the Estimation of Soil Physical Properties

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    Mattikalli, N. M.; Engman, E. T.; Jackson, T. J.; Ahuja, L. R.

    1997-01-01

    This paper demonstrates the use of multitemporal soil moisture derived from microwave remote sensing to estimate soil physical properties. The passive microwave ESTAR instrument was employed during June 10-18, 1992, to obtain brightness temperature (TB) and surface soil moisture data in the Little Washita watershed, Oklahoma. Analyses of spatial and temporal variations of TB and soil moisture during the dry-down period revealed a direct relationship between changes in T and soil moisture and soil physical (viz. texture) and hydraulic (viz. saturated hydraulic conductivity, K(sat)) properties. Statistically significant regression relationships were developed for the ratio of percent sand to percent clay (RSC) and K(sat), in terms of change components of TB and surface soil moisture. Validation of results using field measured values and soil texture map indicated that both RSC and K(sat) can be estimated with reasonable accuracy. These findings have potential applications of microwave remote sensing to obtain quick estimates of the spatial distributions of K(sat), over large areas for input parameterization of hydrologic models.

  12. Examining Soil Moisture Variability and Field Mean Estimation Methods using Nested Observations

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    Peterson, A.; Helgason, W.; Ireson, A. M.

    2014-12-01

    Information about soil moisture is typically required at the field scale. Direct measurements of soil moisture at this scale are not possible, though there are a number of promising indirect methods (e.g. remote sensing methods and cosmic-ray neutrons). Methods for obtaining point scale measurements of soil moisture are well established. However, variability of soil moisture, in both space and time, makes accurately determining field scale soil moisture from point measurements difficult. Understanding sub-field scale variability is a key step in determining how to upscale point measurements, and in particular to identify the minimum number of point measurements necessary to represent field scale mean soil moisture. Objectives of this study are to: (1) examine the spatial variability of soil moisture with time, and (2) compare field scale soil moisture estimation methods. Nested soil moisture measurements provided observations covering a 5002m2 area within a semi-arid prairie pasture site in southern Saskatchewan, Canada. Complementary measurements of the water balance were measured using meteorological and flux instrumentation. Spatial variability of surface and root zone soil moisture were examined using data from gridded dielectric water content probe surveys and a neutron probe array. Field scale surface soil moisture was measured at the site using a cosmic-ray neutron probe. The field scale estimation methods compared are: (1) water balance, (2) upscaling by averaging point scale measurements, (3) upscaling by identification of average representative time stable sites, and (4) extrapolation of shallow soil moisture measured by cosmic-ray neutron probe. Variability of surface soil moisture was found to be smallest under extreme dry and wet conditions, and largest during intermediate moisture conditions. Large spatial variability was found in the root zone, with soil moisture being most temporally variable closer to the surface.

  13. Satellite microwave estimates of soil moisture and applications for desertification studies

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    Owe, Manfred; Van de Griend, Adriaan A.; de Jeu, Richard A.; de Vries, Jorrit; Seyhan, E.

    1998-12-01

    Based on a series of studies conducted in Botswana and preliminary results from an ongoing study in Spain, developments in microwave remote sensing by satellite which can be used to monitor near real-time surface moisture and also study long term soil moisture climatology are described. A progression of methodologies beginning with single polarization studies and leading to both dual polarization and multiple frequency techniques are described. Continuing analysis of a nine year data set of satellite-derived surface moisture in Spain is ongoing. Preliminary results from this study appear to provide some evidence of long term decertification in certain parts of this region. The methodologies developed during these investigations can be applied to other regions, and have the potential for providing modelers with extended data sets of independently derived surface moisture for simulation and validation studies, and climate change studies at the global scale.

  14. Soil Moisture as an Estimator for Crop Yield in Germany

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    Peichl, Michael; Meyer, Volker; Samaniego, Luis; Thober, Stephan

    2015-04-01

    Annual crop yield depends on various factors such as soil properties, management decisions, and meteorological conditions. Unfavorable weather conditions, e.g. droughts, have the potential to drastically diminish crop yield in rain-fed agriculture. For example, the drought in 2003 caused direct losses of 1.5 billion EUR only in Germany. Predicting crop yields allows to mitigate negative effects of weather extremes which are assumed to occur more often in the future due to climate change. A standard approach in economics is to predict the impact of climate change on agriculture as a function of temperature and precipitation. This approach has been developed further using concepts like growing degree days. Other econometric models use nonlinear functions of heat or vapor pressure deficit. However, none of these approaches uses soil moisture to predict crop yield. We hypothesize that soil moisture is a better indicator to explain stress on plant growth than estimations based on precipitation and temperature. This is the case because the latter variables do not explicitly account for the available water content in the root zone, which is the primary source of water supply for plant growth. In this study, a reduced form panel approach is applied to estimate a multivariate econometric production function for the years 1999 to 2010. Annual crop yield data of various crops on the administrative district level serve as depending variables. The explanatory variable of major interest is the Soil Moisture Index (SMI), which quantifies anomalies in root zone soil moisture. The SMI is computed by the mesoscale Hydrological Model (mHM, www.ufz.de/mhm). The index represents the monthly soil water quantile at a 4 km2 grid resolution covering entire Germany. A reduced model approach is suitable because the SMI is the result of a stochastic weather process and therefore can be considered exogenous. For the ease of interpretation a linear functionality is preferred. Meteorological, phenological, geological, agronomic, and socio-economic variables are also considered to extend the model in order to reveal the proper causal relation. First results show that dry as well as wet extremes of SMI have a negative impact on crop yield for winter wheat. This indicates that soil moisture has at least a limiting affect on crop production.

  15. The influence of soil moisture on magnetic susceptibility measurements

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    Maier, G.; Scholger, R.; Schön, J.

    2006-06-01

    An important methodological question for magnetic susceptibility measurements is if a variation of the soil conductivity, as a result of a change in soil moisture, influences the measured susceptibility values. An answer to this question is essential because an accurate magnetic susceptibility mapping requires a grid of comparable magnetic susceptibility values, which indicate the magnetic iron-mineral contents of the soils. Therefore, in the framework of the MAGPROX project (EU-Project EVK2-CT-1999-00019), the study aims at investigating the influence of soil moisture and the possible correlation between magnetic susceptibility and electric conductivity. This approach was realised by model experiments in the laboratory and a field monitoring experiment, which was performed in an analogical manner as the model. For the laboratory experiment, a plastic tub with a water in- and outflow system and installed lines of electrodes was used. The measurements were carried out with layers of different magnetic material within the experimental sand formation under varying water saturation conditions. For the field experiment, which was carried out from July to December 2003, two test sites were selected. The magnetic susceptibility was measured by means of the recently developed vertical soil profile kappa meter SM400 and a commonly used Bartington MS2D probe. The electric resistivity was recorded using a 4-point light system (laboratory) and a ground conductivity meter EM38 (field). The knowledge of the resistivity of the sand formation enabled an estimation of porosity and water saturation in consideration of the Archie equations. The laboratory experiment results showed a very slight variation of measured magnetic susceptibility under different degrees of moisture, indicating mainly the influence from the diamagnetic contribution of the water volume. A measurement error in connection with the measurement method, for example caused by an interfering effect of soil conductivity variations, was not found. The authors conclude, that in practical use of the investigated instruments for topsoil magnetic susceptibility mapping in the field, the influence of soil moisture and resulting soil conductivity can be neglected, especially compared to the influence of the contact between measurement loop and soil. The study presented here verifies the magnetic susceptibility data reproducibility and comparability, which provides the basis for magnetic susceptibility monitoring. Additionally, new application approaches of magnetic susceptibility measurements were proposed, which show again the versatility and the potential of the method.

  16. Assessing Landscape-Scale Soil Moisture Distribution Using Auxiliary Sensing Technologies and Multivariate Geostatistics

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    Landrum, C.; Castrignanò, A.; Mueller, T.; Zourarakis, D.; Zhu, J.

    2013-12-01

    It is important to assess soil moisture to develop strategies to better manage its availability and use. At the landscape scale, soil moisture distribution derives from an integration of hydrologic, pedologic and geomorphic processes that cause soil moisture variability (SMV) to be time, space, and scale-dependent. Traditional methods to assess SMV at this scale are often costly, labor intensive, and invasive, which can lead to inadequate sampling density and spatial coverage. Fusing traditional sampling techniques with georeferenced auxiliary sensing technologies, such as geoelectric sensing and LiDAR, provide an alternative approach. Because geoelectric and LiDAR measurements are sensitive to soil properties and terrain features that affect soil moisture variation, they are often employed as auxiliary measures to support less dense direct sampling. Georeferenced proximal sensing acquires rapid, real-time, high resolution data over large spatial extents that is enriched with spatial, temporal and scale-dependent information. Data fusion becomes important when proximal sensing is used in tandem with more sparse direct sampling. Multicollocated factorial cokriging (MFC) is one technique of multivariate geostatistics to fuse multiple data sources collected at different sampling scales to study the spatial characteristics of environmental properties. With MFC sparse soil observations are supported by more densely sampled auxiliary attributes to produce more consistent spatial descriptions of scale-dependent parameters affecting SMV. This study uses high resolution geoelectric and LiDAR data as auxiliary measures to support direct soil sampling (n=127) over a 40 hectare Central Kentucky (USA) landscape. Shallow and deep apparent electrical resistivity (ERa) were measured using a Veris 3100 in tandem with soil moisture sampling on three separate dates with ascending soil moisture contents ranging from plant wilting point to field capacity. Terrain features were produced from 2010 LiDAR returns collected at ?1 m nominal pulse spacing. Exploratory statistics revealed 12 variables that best associate with soil moisture including slope, elevation, calcium, organic matter, clay, sand and geoelectric measurements (ERa for each date). A linear combination of basic variogram functions, called the linear model of coregionalization (LMC), was fitted using a matrix of direct and cross experimental variograms constituting the 12 different variables studied. The LMC consisted of 3 basic components: nugget, spherical (short range scale=40m) and exponential (long range scale=250m) where each component explained 17%, 22% and 60% of the total measured variation, respectively. Applying principal component analysis to the coregionalization matrix at each spatial scale produced a set of regionalized factors summarizing the variation at that spatial scale. Mapping regionalized factors decomposes the total measured system variation into scale-dependent synthetic homogeneous zones that lend insight into the properties influencing SMV. Results suggest that soil texture and OM drive the soil moisture variation under the soil moisture regimes observed. This study shows the potential for using ERa and multivariate statistics to develop soil moisture management strategies under water stressed conditions.

  17. Evaluation of soil and vegetation response to drought using SMOS soil moisture satellite observations

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    Piles, Maria; Sánchez, Nilda; Vall-llossera, Mercè; Ballabrera, Joaquim; Martínez, Justino; Martínez-Fernández, José; Camps, Adriano; Font, Jordi

    2014-05-01

    Soil moisture plays an important role in determining the likelihood of droughts and floods that may affect an area. Knowledge of soil moisture distribution as a function of time and space is highly relevant for hydrological, ecological and agricultural applications, especially in water-limited or drought-prone regions. However, measuring soil moisture is challenging because of its high variability; point-scale in-situ measurements are scarce being remote sensing the only practical means to obtain regional- and global-scale soil moisture estimates. The ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) is the first satellite mission ever designed to measuring the Earth's surface soil moisture at near daily time scales with levels of accuracy previously not attained. Since its launch in November 2009, significant efforts have been dedicated to validate and fine-tune the retrieval algorithms so that SMOS-derived soil moisture estimates meet the standards required for a wide variety of applications. In this line, the SMOS Barcelona Expert Center (BEC) is distributing daily, monthly, and annual temporal averages of 0.25-deg global soil moisture maps, which have proved useful for assessing drought and water-stress conditions. In addition, a downscaling algorithm has been developed to combine SMOS and NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data into fine-scale (< 1km) soil moisture estimates, which permits extending the applicability of the data to regional and local studies. Fine-scale soil moisture maps are currently limited to the Iberian Peninsula but the algorithm is dynamic and can be transported to any region. Soil moisture maps are generated in a near real-time fashion at BEC facilities and are used by Barcelona's fire prevention services to detect extremely dry soil and vegetation conditions posing a risk of fire. Recently, they have been used to explain drought-induced tree mortality episodes and forest decline in the Catalonia region. These soil moisture products can also be a useful tool to monitor the effectiveness of land restoration management practices. The aim of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility of using SMOS soil moisture maps for monitoring drought and water-stress conditions. In previous research, SMOS-derived Soil Moisture Anomalies (SSMA), calculated in a ten-day basis, were shown to be in close relationship with well-known drought indices (the Standardized Precipitation Index and the Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index). In this work, SSMA have been calculated for the period 2010-2013 in representative arid, semi-arid, sub-humid and humid areas across global land biomes. The SSMA reflect the cumulative precipitation anomalies and is known to provide 'memory' in the climate and hydrological system; the water retained in the soil after a rainfall event is temporally more persistent than the rainfall event itself, and has a greater persistence during periods of low precipitation. Besides, the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) from MODIS is used as an indicator of vegetation activity and growth. The NDVI time series are expected to reflect the changes in surface vegetation density and status induced by water-deficit conditions. Understanding the relationships between SSMA and NDVI concurrent time series should provide new insight about the sensitivity of land biomes to drought.

  18. Active and passive microwave measurements of soil moisture in FIFE

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    Wang, J. R.; Gogineni, S. P.; Ampe, J.

    1992-01-01

    During the intensive field campaigns of the First International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP) Field Experiment (FIFE) in May-October of 1987, several nearly simultaneous measurements were made with low-altitude flights of the L-band radiometer and C- and X-band scatterometers over two transects in the Konza Prairie Natural Research Area, some 8 km south of Manhattan, Kansas. These measurements showed that although the scatterometers were sensitive to soil moisture variations in most regions under the flight path, the L-band radiometer lost most of its sensitivity in regions unburned for many years. The correlation coefficient derived from the regression between the radar backscattering coefficient and the soil moisture was found to improve with the increase in antenna incidence angle. This is attributed to a steeper falloff of the backscattering coefficient as a function of local incidence at angles near nadir than at angles greater than 30 deg.

  19. Soil Moisture Sensing via Swept Frequency Based Microwave Sensors

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    Pelletier, Mathew G.; Karthikeyan, Sundar; Green, Timothy R.; Schwartz, Robert C.; Wanjura, John D.; Holt, Greg A.

    2012-01-01

    There is a need for low-cost, high-accuracy measurement of water content in various materials. This study assesses the performance of a new microwave swept frequency domain instrument (SFI) that has promise to provide a low-cost, high-accuracy alternative to the traditional and more expensive time domain reflectometry (TDR). The technique obtains permittivity measurements of soils in the frequency domain utilizing a through transmission configuration, transmissometry, which provides a frequency domain transmissometry measurement (FDT). The measurement is comparable to time domain transmissometry (TDT) with the added advantage of also being able to separately quantify the real and imaginary portions of the complex permittivity so that the measured bulk permittivity is more accurate that the measurement TDR provides where the apparent permittivity is impacted by the signal loss, which can be significant in heavier soils. The experimental SFI was compared with a high-end 12 GHz TDR/TDT system across a range of soils at varying soil water contents and densities. As propagation delay is the fundamental measurement of interest to the well-established TDR or TDT technique; the first set of tests utilized precision propagation delay lines to test the accuracy of the SFI instrument’s ability to resolve propagation delays across the expected range of delays that a soil probe would present when subjected to the expected range of soil types and soil moisture typical to an agronomic cropping system. The results of the precision-delay line testing suggests the instrument is capable of predicting propagation delays with a RMSE of +/?105 ps across the range of delays ranging from 0 to 12,000 ps with a coefficient of determination of r2 = 0.998. The second phase of tests noted the rich history of TDR for prediction of soil moisture and leveraged this history by utilizing TDT measured with a high-end Hewlett Packard TDR/TDT instrument to directly benchmark the SFI instrument over a range of soil types, at varying levels of moisture. This testing protocol was developed to provide the best possible comparison between SFI to TDT than would otherwise be possible by using soil moisture as the bench mark, due to variations in soil density between soil water content levels which are known to impact the calibration between TDR’s estimate of soil water content from the measured propagation delay which is converted to an apparent permittivity measurement. This experimental decision, to compare propagation delay of TDT to FDT, effectively removes the errors due to variations in packing density from the evaluation and provides a direct comparison between the SFI instrument and the time domain technique of TDT. The tests utilized three soils (a sand, an Acuff loam and an Olton clay-loam) that were packed to varying bulk densities and prepared to provide a range of water contents and electrical conductivities by which to compare the performance of the SFI technology to TDT measurements of propagation delay. For each sample tested, the SFI instrument and the TDT both performed the measurements on the exact same probe, thereby both instruments were measuring the exact same soil/soil-probe response to ensure the most accurate means to compare the SFI instrument to a high-end TDT instrument. Test results provided an estimated instrumental accuracy for the SFI of +/?0.98% of full scale, RMSE basis, for the precision delay lines and +/?1.32% when the SFI was evaluated on loam and clay loam soils, in comparison to TDT as the bench-mark. Results from both experiments provide evidence that the low-cost SFI approach is a viable alternative to conventional TDR/TDT for high accuracy applications. PMID:22368494

  20. Surface Roughness Parameter Uncertainties on Radar Based Soil Moisture Retrievals

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    Joseph, A. T.; vanderVelde, R.; O'Neill, P. E.; Lang, R.; Su, Z.; Gish, T.

    2012-01-01

    Surface roughness variations are often assumed to be negligible for the retrieval of sol moisture. Although previous investigations have suggested that this assumption is reasonable for natural vegetation covers (i.e. Moran et al. 2002), in-situ measurements over plowed agricultural fields (i.e. Callens et al. 2006) have shown that the soil surface roughness can change considerably due to weathering induced by rain.

  1. Assessing the relative influence of surface soil moisture and ENSO SST on precipitation predictability over the contiguous United States

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    Yoon, Jin-Ho; Leung, Lai-Yung R.

    2015-06-28

    This study assesses the relative influence of soil moisture memory and tropical sea surface temperature (SST) in seasonal rainfall over the contiguous United States. Using observed precipitation, the NINO3.4 index and soil moisture and evapotranspiration simulated by a land surface model for 61 years, analysis was performed using partial correlations to evaluate to what extent land surface and SST anomaly of El Niño and Southern Oscillation (ENSO) can affect seasonal precipitation over different regions and seasons. Results show that antecedent soil moisture is as important as concurrent ENSO condition in controlling rainfall anomalies over the U.S., but they generally dominate in different seasons with SST providing more predictability during winter while soil moisture, through its linkages to evapotranspiration and snow water, has larger influence in spring and early summer. The proposed methodology is applicable to climate model outputs to evaluate the intensity of land-atmosphere coupling and its relative importance.

  2. Spatio-temporal variability of global soil moisture products

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    Rötzer, K.; Montzka, C.; Vereecken, H.

    2015-03-01

    Being an important variable for various applications, for example hydrological and weather prediction models or data assimilation, a large range of global soil moisture products from different sources, such as modeling or active and passive microwave remote sensing, are available. The diverse measurement and estimation methods can lead to differences in the characteristics of the products. This study investigates the spatial and temporal behavior of three different products: (i) the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Level 2 product, retrieved with a physically based approach from passive microwave remote sensing brightness temperatures, (ii) the MetOp-A Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT) product retrieved with a change detection method from radar remote sensing backscattering coefficients, and (iii) the ERA Interim product from a weather forecast model reanalysis. Results show overall similar patterns of spatial soil moisture, but high deviations in absolute values. A ranking of mean relative differences demonstrates that ASCAT and ERA Interim products show most similar spatial soil moisture patterns, while ERA and SMOS products show least similarities. For selected regions in different climate classes, time series of the ASCAT product generally show higher variability of soil moisture than SMOS, and especially than ERA products. The relationship of spatial mean and variance is, especially during wet periods, influenced by sensor and retrieval characteristics in the SMOS product, while it is determined to a larger degree by the precipitation patterns of the respective regions in the ASCAT and ERA products. The decomposition of spatial variance into temporal variant and invariant components exhibits high dependence on the retrieval methods of the respective products. The change detection retrieval method causes higher influence of temporal variant factors (e.g. precipitation, evaporation) on the ASCAT product, while SMOS and ERA products are stronger determined by temporal invariant factors (e.g. topography, soil characteristics). The investigation of the effect of changing scales on spatial variance in three different areas indicates that the variance does not vary with increasing support scale. Increasing extent scales from 250 to 3000 km raise spatial variance of all products and all study areas according to a power law, which is varying seasonally. ERA shows a consistent scaling behavior with a constant power scale factor and similar intercepts across all study regions. In general, the investigated products show overall different spatial and temporal statistics which are induced by their different estimation methods and which are important to be aware of for the selection of a product for application and for their up- or downscaling.

  3. Radar response to vegetation. [soil moisture mapping via microwave backscattering

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    Ulaby, F. T.

    1975-01-01

    Active microwave measurements of vegetation backscatter were conducted to determine the utility of radar in mapping soil moisture through vegetation and mapping crop types. Using a truck-mounted boom, spectral response data were obtained for four crop types (corn, milo, soybeans, and alfalfa) over the 4-8 GHz frequency band, at incidence angles of 0 to 70 degrees in 10-degree steps, and for all four linear polarization combinations. Based on a total of 125 data sets covering a wide range of soil moisture, content, system design criteria are proposed for each of the aforementioned objectives. Quantitative soil moisture determination was best achieved at the lower frequency end of the 4-8 GHz band using HH polarized waves in the 5- to 15-degree incidence angle range. A combination of low and high frequency measurements are suggested for classifying crop types. For crop discrimination, a dual-frequency dual-polarization (VV and cross) system operating at incidence angles above 40 degrees is suggested.

  4. Soil Moisture Active/Passive (SMAP) Forward Brightness Temperature Simulator

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    Peng, Jinzheng; Peipmeier, Jeffrey; Kim, Edward

    2012-01-01

    The SMAP is one of four first-tier missions recommended by the US National Research Council's Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space (Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond, Space Studies Board, National Academies Press, 2007) [1]. It is to measure the global soil moisture and freeze/thaw from space. One of the spaceborne instruments is an L-band radiometer with a shared single feedhorn and parabolic mesh reflector. While the radiometer measures the emission over a footprint of interest, unwanted emissions are also received by the antenna through the antenna sidelobes from the cosmic background and other error sources such as the Sun, the Moon and the galaxy. Their effects need to be considered accurately, and the analysis of the overall performance of the radiometer requires end-to-end performance simulation from Earth emission to antenna brightness temperature, such as the global simulation of L-band brightness temperature simulation over land and sea [2]. To assist with the SMAP radiometer level 1B algorithm development, the SMAP forward brightness temperature simulator is developed by adapting the Aquarius simulator [2] with necessary modifications. This poster presents the current status of the SMAP forward brightness simulator s development including incorporating the land microwave emission model and its input datasets, and a simplified atmospheric radiative transfer model. The latest simulation results are also presented to demonstrate the ability of supporting the SMAP L1B algorithm development.

  5. Assimilating satellite soil moisture into rainfall-runoff modelling: towards a systematic study

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    Massari, Christian; Tarpanelli, Angelica; Brocca, Luca; Moramarco, Tommaso

    2015-04-01

    Soil moisture is the main factor for the repartition of the mass and energy fluxes between the land surface and the atmosphere thus playing a fundamental role in the hydrological cycle. Indeed, soil moisture represents the initial condition of rainfall-runoff modelling that determines the flood response of a catchment. Different initial soil moisture conditions can discriminate between catastrophic and minor effects of a given rainfall event. Therefore, improving the estimation of initial soil moisture conditions will reduce uncertainties in early warning flood forecasting models addressing the mitigation of flood hazard. In recent years, satellite soil moisture products have become available with fine spatial-temporal resolution and a good accuracy. Therefore, a number of studies have been published in which the impact of the assimilation of satellite soil moisture data into rainfall-runoff modelling is investigated. Unfortunately, data assimilation involves a series of assumptions and choices that significantly affect the final result. Given a satellite soil moisture observation, a rainfall-runoff model and a data assimilation technique, an improvement or a deterioration of discharge predictions can be obtained depending on the choices made in the data assimilation procedure. Consequently, large discrepancies have been obtained in the studies published so far likely due to the differences in the implementation of the data assimilation technique. On this basis, a comprehensive and robust procedure for the assimilation of satellite soil moisture data into rainfall-runoff modelling is developed here and applied to six subcatchment of the Upper Tiber River Basin for which high-quality hydrometeorological hourly observations are available in the period 1989-2013. The satellite soil moisture product used in this study is obtained from the Advanced SCATterometer (ASCAT) onboard Metop-A satellite and it is available since 2007. The MISDc ("Modello Idrologico SemiDistribuito in continuo") continuous hydrological model is used for flood simulation. The Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF) is employed as data assimilation technique for its flexibility and good performance in a number of previous applications. Different components are involved in the developed data assimilation procedure. For the correction of the bias between satellite and modelled soil moisture data three different techniques are considered: mean-variance matching, Cumulative Density Function (CDF) matching and least square linear regression. For properly generating the ensembles of model states, required in the application of EnKF technique, an exhaustive search of the model error parameterization and structure is carried out, differentiated for each study catchments. A number of scores and statistics are employed for the evaluation the reliability of the ensemble. Similarly, different configurations for the observation error are investigated. Results show that for four out six catchments the assimilation of the ASCAT soil moisture product improves discharge simulation in the validation period 2010-2013, mainly during flood events. The two catchments in which the assimilation does not improve the results are located in the mountainous part of the region where both MISDc and satellite data perform worse. The analysis on the data assimilation choices highlights that the selection of the observation error seems to have the largest influence on discharge simulation. Finally, the bias correction approaches have a lower effect and the selection of linear techniques is preferable. The assessment of all the components involved in the data assimilation procedure provides a clear understanding of results and it is advised to follow a similar procedure in this kind of studies.

  6. Satellite Imagery Evaluation of Soil Moisture Variability in the Ganges Basin, India

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    Bhattacharyya, P.; Scuderi, L. A.; Weissmann, G. S.; Hartley, A. J.; Davidson, S. K.; Nichols, G. J.

    2011-12-01

    Soil moisture (SM) variability across the Ganges Basin in India from the Tista River on the east to the Ghanghra River on the west was assessed using Landsat TM Band 6 imagery dating from 1999-2003. The region contains many large fans (megafans) that have different degrees of incision. The Band 6 thermal channel of Landsat is sensitive to soil temperature variability resulting from differences in moisture content and as such is a proxy for soil moisture variability in this environment. In order to take advantage of this relationship we analyzed the imagery in two steps. First, a Maximum Likelihood Classifier (ML) was used to segment the fans into seven classes. On the Tista fan, thermal characteristics suggest that soils from the proximal and distal portions of the fan are in different thermal/moisture classes indicating a change in the thermal signal from the apex to the toe of the fan. In an attempt to quantify these differences we performed a second level of analysis focusing on the range of thermal values across the fans. This range calculation separates the dry and wet soils on the basis of variability in their moisture content throughout the year. Soils that have a high range (high variability) probably dry up significantly after the monsoon, while those that exhibit a low range indicate either constant wet or dry conditions and/or vegetation that does not vary seasonally. Ground based assessments of soil characteristics on the Tista and Kosi fans supports this image analysis and leads to the following conclusions, 1) Tista megafan, a fan known to be incised and older than the other fans of this basin, shows a distinct change in soil moisture from apex to its toe. This variation is reflected in the increasing presence of wetlands (shallow water table) and the fining of grain size down-the-megafan; 2. Similar temporal variation in SM values is not apparent in Kosi and Gandak megafans where SM shows uniformly low variation from apex to toe. We ascribe this to the younger age and aggrading nature of the megafans; 4. Ghangra megafan, occurring about 400 km west of the Tista megafan, in contrast to other megafans shows a high variability of SM uniformly throughout it. This probably reflects presence of drier soils all through the megafan in response to drier climate to the western part of the alluvial plain.

  7. The Effect of Atmospheric Water Vapor on Neutron Count in the Cosmic-Ray Soil Moisture Observing System

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    Zreda, Marek

    The Effect of Atmospheric Water Vapor on Neutron Count in the Cosmic-Ray Soil Moisture Observing for measuring soil moisture, used in the Cosmic-Ray Soil Moisture Observing System (COSMOS), relies soil moisture, affect the neutron measurement and therefore must be quantified. This study investigates

  8. Spatiotemporal characterization of soil moisture fields in agricultural areas using cosmic-ray neutron probes and data fusion

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    Franz, Trenton; Wang, Tiejun

    2015-04-01

    Approximately 40% of global food production comes from irrigated agriculture. With the increasing demand for food even greater pressures will be placed on water resources within these systems. In this work we aimed to characterize the spatial and temporal patterns of soil moisture at the field-scale (~500 m) using the newly developed cosmic-ray neutron rover near Waco, NE USA. Here we mapped soil moisture of 144 quarter section fields (a mix of maize, soybean, and natural areas) each week during the 2014 growing season (May to September). The 12 by 12 km study domain also contained three stationary cosmic-ray neutron probes for independent validation of the rover surveys. Basic statistical analysis of the domain indicated a strong relationship between the mean and variance of soil moisture at several averaging scales. The relationships between the mean and higher order moments were not significant. Scaling analysis indicated strong power law behavior between the variance of soil moisture and averaging area with minimal dependence of mean soil moisture on the slope of the power law function. In addition, we combined the data from the three stationary cosmic-ray neutron probes and mobile surveys using linear regression to derive a daily soil moisture product at 1, 3, and 12 km spatial resolutions for the entire growing season. The statistical relationships derived from the rover dataset offer a novel set of observations that will be useful in: 1) calibrating and validating land surface models, 2) calibrating and validating crop models, 3) soil moisture covariance estimates for statistical downscaling of remote sensing products such as SMOS and SMAP, and 4) provide daily center-pivot scale mean soil moisture data for optimal irrigation timing and volume amounts.

  9. Detecting causation mechanisms of soil moisture patterns in Germany

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    Samaniego, Luis; Kumar, Rohini; Zink, Matthias; Warrach-Sagi, Kirsten; Wulfmeyer, Volker

    2013-04-01

    Detecting trends, feedbacks, and causation mechanisms in hydrometeorologic variables such as soil moisture is a challenging task because of the nonlinear dynamics of the atmosphere-land-vegetation system, the assimilation of noisy observations, and the structural and parametric uncertainty of land surface models (LSM). Quite often, wrong conclusions can be drawn because uncorrelated variables may be assumed to have no causal relationship with presupposed predictors. The main goal of this study is to test whether a significant "Granger causality" (Granger 1969) exist between monthly soil moisture fields over Germany and large-scale circulation patterns, characterized by anomalies of sea level pressure over the Northern Hemisphere or geopotential height and atmospheric humidity over Europe. The advantage of this testing framework stems from the fact that it is based on predictability instead of correlation to identify causation, as it is the case with standard correlation-based approaches. Two contrasting modeling paradigms, the land surface NOAH model and the process-based hydrologic model mHM (Samaniego et al. 2012) are employed to estimate daily soil moisture over Germany during the period from 1989 to 2009. WRF/NOAH was forced with ERA-Interim data at the boundary of the EURO-CORDEX Region (www.meteo.unican.es/wiki/cordexwrf) with a spatial resolution of 0.11°. To ease comparison, mHM was also forced with daily precipitation and temperature fields generated by WRF during the same period at 4×4 km resolution. Main physiographic characteristics in NOAH such as land cover and soil texture are represented with a 1×1 km MODIS data set and a single horizon, coarse resolution FAO soil map with 16 soil texture classes, respectively. The multiscale parameter regionalization technique (MPR, Samaniego et al. 2010) embedded in mHM allows to estimate effective model parameters based on detailed input data (100×100 m) obtained from Corine land cover and soil texture fields for various horizons comprising 72 classes. mHM global parameters, in contrast with those of NOAH, were obtained by closing the water balance in major German river basins. For the "Granger causality" test, variables such as sea level pressure or geopotential height at 500 hPa (dss.ucar.edu/datasets/ds010.0/, data-portal.ecmwf.int/data/d/interim_daily) are used as predictor fields including the lagged values of these variables. Results indicate that the subgrid variability of the land surface properties and the parametrization schemes have greater influence on soil moisture simulations. Mann-Kendall tests performed with mHM data indicated the existence of a negative trend (p-value 5%) in soil moisture during summer months which is the consequence of observed downward trend in precipitation and upward trend in temperature. On the contrary, soil moisture simulations in winter months did not exhibited significant trends. The Granger-causation mechanisms of these trends are under investigation.

  10. Two Topics in Seasonal Streamflow Forecasting: Soil Moisture Initialization Error and Precipitation Downscaling

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    Koster, Randal; Walker, Greg; Mahanama, Sarith; Reichle, Rolf

    2012-01-01

    Continental-scale offline simulations with a land surface model are used to address two important issues in the forecasting of large-scale seasonal streamflow: (i) the extent to which errors in soil moisture initialization degrade streamflow forecasts, and (ii) the extent to which the downscaling of seasonal precipitation forecasts, if it could be done accurately, would improve streamflow forecasts. The reduction in streamflow forecast skill (with forecasted streamflow measured against observations) associated with adding noise to a soil moisture field is found to be, to first order, proportional to the average reduction in the accuracy of the soil moisture field itself. This result has implications for streamflow forecast improvement under satellite-based soil moisture measurement programs. In the second and more idealized ("perfect model") analysis, precipitation downscaling is found to have an impact on large-scale streamflow forecasts only if two conditions are met: (i) evaporation variance is significant relative to the precipitation variance, and (ii) the subgrid spatial variance of precipitation is adequately large. In the large-scale continental region studied (the conterminous United States), these two conditions are met in only a somewhat limited area.

  11. Soil moisture's underestimated role in climate change impact modelling in low-energy systems.

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    le Roux, Peter Christiaan; Aalto, Juha; Luoto, Miska

    2013-10-01

    Shifts in precipitation regimes are an inherent component of climate change, but in low-energy systems are often assumed to be less important than changes in temperature. Because soil moisture is the hydrological variable most proximally linked to plant performance during the growing season in arctic-alpine habitats, it may offer the most useful perspective on the influence of changes in precipitation on vegetation. Here we quantify the influence of soil moisture for multiple vegetation properties at fine spatial scales, to determine the potential importance of soil moisture under changing climatic conditions. A fine-scale data set, comprising vascular species cover and field-quantified ecologically relevant environmental parameters, was analysed to determine the influence of soil moisture relative to other key abiotic predictors. Soil moisture was strongly related to community composition, species richness and the occurrence patterns of individual species, having a similar or greater influence than soil temperature, pH and solar radiation. Soil moisture varied considerably over short distances, and this fine-scale heterogeneity may contribute to offsetting the ecological impacts of changes in precipitation for species not limited to extreme soil moisture conditions. In conclusion, soil moisture is a key driver of vegetation properties, both at the species and community level, even in this low-energy system. Soil moisture conditions represent an important mechanism through which changing climatic conditions impact vegetation, and advancing our predictive capability will therefore require a better understanding of how soil moisture mediates the effects of climate change on biota. PMID:23749628

  12. Microbial biomass and activity in soils with different moisture content heated at high temperatures

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    Barreiro, Ana; Lombao, Alba; Martin, Angela; Cancelo-González, Javier; Carballas, Tarsy; Díaz-Raviña, Montserrat

    2015-04-01

    It is well known that soil properties determining the thermal transmissivity (moisture, texture, organic matter, etc.) and the duration and temperatures reached during soil heating are key factors driving the fire-induced changes in soil microbial communities. However, despite its interest, the information about this topic is scarce. The aim of the present study is to analyze, under laboratory conditions, the impact of the thermal shock (infrared lamps reaching temperatures of 100 °C, 200 °C and 400 °C) on microbial communities of three acid soils under different moisture level (0 %, 25 % and 50 % per soil volume). Soil temperature was measured with thermocouples and the impact of soil heating was evaluated by means of the analysis of the temperature-time curves calculating the maximum temperature reached (Tmax) and the degree-hours (GH) as an estimation of the amount of heat supplied to the samples (fire severity). The bacterial growth (leucine incorporation) and the total microbial biomass (PLFA) were measured immediately after the heating and one month after the incubation of reinoculated soils. The results showed clearly the importance of moisture level in the transmission of heat through the soil and hence in the further direct impact of high temperatures on microorganisms living in soil. In general, the values of microbial parameters analyzed were low, particularly immediately after soil heating at higher temperatures; the bacterial activity measurements (leucine incorporation technique) being more sensitive to detect the thermal shock showed than total biomass measurements (PLFA). After 1 month incubation, soil microbial communities tend to recover due to the proliferation of surviving population using as substrate the dead microorganisms (soil sterilization). Thus, time elapsed after the heating was found to be decisive when examining the relationships between the microbial properties and the soil heating parameters (GH, Tmax). Analysis of results also showed that the measurement of the heat supplied to the soil (GH) rather than Tmax is a useful parameter to interpret microbial changes induced by soil heating. Acknowledgements. This work was supported by Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (AGL2012-39686-C02-01) and for the for the MAPFRE foundation. A. Barreiro and A. Lombao are recipients of FPU grant from Spanish Ministry of Education. Keywords: Degree-hour, soil heating, leucine incorporation, total PLFA biomass

  13. A method to downscale soil moisture to fine-resolutions using topographic, vegetation, and soil data

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    Soil moisture can be estimated over large regions with spatial resolutions greater than 500 m, but many applications require finer resolutions (10 – 100 m grid cells). Several methods use topographic data to downscale, but vegetation and soil patterns can also be important. In this paper, a downsc...

  14. Soil moisture effects on the carbon isotopic composition of soil respiration

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    The carbon isotopic composition ( 13C) of recently assimilated plant carbon is known to depend on water-stress, caused either by low soil moisture or by low atmospheric humidity. Air humidity has also been shown to correlate with the 13C of soil respiration, which suggests indir...

  15. Impact of soil texture on soil moisture measurement accuracy by TDR in Sistan plain of Iran

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    sarani, noushin; Afrasiab, Peyman

    2014-05-01

    In the recent past, many researchers have developed various techniques for determining moisture content of soil. Among the various methods of estimating soil moisture, Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) method is a relatively new method. TDR has been widely used in water system investigation in Agriculture, Geosciences, etc. The purpose of this study is determination of moisture measurement accuracy by TDR in various soil textures in Sistan plain. For this purpose, six textures and for each of them three Iteration were used. The studied textures were clay, loam, sandy loam, sandy clay loam, clay loam and sandy. The experiments were carried out at the laboratory of water engineering department of Zabol University in Iran. The provided textures were laid in the PVC cylinder with 50 cm height and 30 cm diameter. After 24 h of saturation, the soil water content of the samples was measured by oven-dry gravimetric and TDR methods. In each day the moisture measurement of each texture was carried out by these two methods until a moisture range was determined. For comparison between measured moisture values by TDR and gravimetric method, two statistical parameters include coefficient of determination (R2) and root mean square error (RMSE) were applied here. The results showed that by using SPSS, statistically significant at probably level of 1% indicated no difference between the measured value of moisture by TDR device and gravimetric method. For heavy textures consist of sandy clay loam, clay loam, and clay with increasing clay content when the moisture was low, TDR measured the moisture values less than the gravimetric method. Furthermore for light textures consist of sandy loam and sand, the TDR device measured the moisture values more than the gravimetric method. Also for clay loam and sandy clay at high moisture values, data measured by TDR was close to the gravimetric method. For all studied textures with increasing of clay content, the fitted lines slope and RMSE values increased, it indicated the effect of clay content on the accuracy of TDR device. Finally, for the all soil textures the fitted regression lines had high regression coefficient and by evaluation of R2 and RMSE values, results showed that TDR had highest accuracy in light soil texture (for sand, R2 =0.97 and RMSE= 0.047) and lowest accuracy in heavy soil texture (for clay, R2 =0.89 and RMSE= 0.07).

  16. Use of Soil Moisture Sensors in Problem Soils

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    Soil dielectric sensors are based on the assumption that all soil water has the permittivity of free water (~76 to 80 depending on temperature and salt load) at all relevent frequencies (< 1.5 GHz); however, this assumption is not valid when there are appreciable amounts of water sorbed to high char...

  17. Spatiotemporal dynamics in remotely sensed soil moisture and their impact on the carbon cycle

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    Dorigo, Wouter; Albrecht, Franziska; Barichivich, Jonathan; Bauer-Marschallinger, Bernhard; Blessing, Simon; Brocca, Luca; Depoorter, Mathieu; Giering, Ralf; De Jeu, Richard; Kaminski, Thomas; Knorr, Wolfgang; Köstler, Christoph; Miralles, Diego; Schlaffer, Stefan; Scholze, Marko; Schuermann, Gregor; Vossbeck, Michael

    2015-04-01

    Global warming is expected to accelerate the global water cycle, leading to an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme events like storms, floods, and droughts. However, to date observational evidence of the intensity and spatial impact of such acceleration is inconsistent among studies, mostly due to a lack of direct long-term observations of the moisture status of the land surface. Moreover, regional signs of water cycle acceleration are often masked by natural multiyear climate variability induced by ocean-atmosphere oscillations like El Niño Southern Oscillation, especially over areas where moisture is the main climatic constraint of plant growth. Yet, the anticipated changes in moisture availability are expected to modify species composition and ecosystem function through multiple interacting pathways. This would in turn affect vegetation production and the efficiency of ecosystems to sequestrate atmospheric carbon dioxide, thus potentially influencing the pace of global warming. However, the impacts of climate change on vegetation predicted by models are uncertain as the link between soil moisture variability and vegetation is only poorly understood. This presentation gives an overview of the potential of remote sensing for studying a) the dynamics and changes in soil moisture availability worldwide, and b) the impact of soil moisture variability on vegetation growth and, hence, the carbon cycle. We will discuss strengths and limitations of current state-of-the-art datasets of soil water availability and present various methods to link water availability to variations in vegetation condition, including regression analysis, tree ring based approaches, and assimilation of earth observation data into carbon models.

  18. Effects of Soil Moisture on the Responses of Soil Temperatures to Climate Change in Cold Regions

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    Subin, Z. M.; Koven, C. D.; Riley, W. J.; Torn, M. S.; Lawrence, D. M.; Swenson, S. C.

    2012-12-01

    At high latitudes, changes in soil moisture could alter soil temperatures independently of air temperature changes by interacting with the snow thermal rectifier. We investigated this mechanism with experiments in the Community Land Model 4 (CLM4) with prescribed atmospheric forcing and vegetation state. Under equilibrium historical conditions, increasing CO2 concentrations experienced by plants from 285 ppm to 857 ppm caused widespread increases in soil water-filled pore space of 0.1-0.2. In permafrost gridcells that experienced this moistening, vertical- and annual- mean soil temperatures increased by 1-2°C. A similar pattern of moistening and consequent warming occurred in simulations with prescribed JJAS rainfall increases of 25% over historical values, a level of increase commensurate with projected rainfall increases. There was a strong sensitivity of the moistening responses to baseline hydrological state. Experiments with perturbed physics confirmed that the simulated warming in permafrost soils was caused by increases in the soil latent heat of fusion per unit volume and in the soil thermal conductivity due to the increased moisture. In transient RCP8.5 scenario experiments, soil warming due to increased CO2 or JJAS rainfall was smaller in magnitude and spatial extent than in the equilibrium experiments. Active-layer deepening associated with soil moisture changes occurred over less than 8% of the current permafrost area, because increased heat of fusion and soil thermal conductivity had compensating effects on active-layer depth.

  19. Evaluation of HCMM data for assessing soil moisture and water table depth. [South Dakota

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    Moore, D. G.; Heilman, J. L.; Tunheim, J. A.; Westin, F. C.; Heilman, W. E.; Beutler, G. A.; Ness, S. D. (principal investigators)

    1981-01-01

    Soil moisture in the 0-cm to 4-cm layer could be estimated with 1-mm soil temperatures throughout the growing season of a rainfed barley crop in eastern South Dakota. Empirical equations were developed to reduce the effect of canopy cover when radiometrically estimating the soil temperature. Corrective equations were applied to an aircraft simulation of HCMM data for a diversity of crop types and land cover conditions to estimate the soil moisture. The average difference between observed and measured soil moisture was 1.6% of field capacity. Shallow alluvial aquifers were located with HCMM predawn data. After correcting the data for vegetation differences, equations were developed for predicting water table depths within the aquifer. A finite difference code simulating soil moisture and soil temperature shows that soils with different moisture profiles differed in soil temperatures in a well defined functional manner. A significant surface thermal anomaly was found to be associated with shallow water tables.

  20. Use of visible, near-infrared, and thermal infrared remote sensing to study soil moisture

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    Blanchard, M. B.; Greeley, R.; Goettelman, R.

    1974-01-01

    Two methods are described which are used to estimate soil moisture remotely using the 0.4- to 14.0 micron wavelength region: (1) measurement of spectral reflectance, and (2) measurement of soil temperature. The reflectance method is based on observations which show that directional reflectance decreases as soil moisture increases for a given material. The soil temperature method is based on observations which show that differences between daytime and nighttime soil temperatures decrease as moisture content increases for a given material. In some circumstances, separate reflectance or temperature measurements yield ambiguous data, in which case these two methods may be combined to obtain a valid soil moisture determination. In this combined approach, reflectance is used to estimate low moisture levels; and thermal inertia (or thermal diffusivity) is used to estimate higher levels. The reflectance method appears promising for surface estimates of soil moisture, whereas the temperature method appears promising for estimates of near-subsurface (0 to 10 cm).

  1. Improved Prediction of Quasi-Global Vegetation Conditions Using Remotely-Sensed Surface Soil Moisture

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    Bolten, John; Crow, Wade

    2012-01-01

    The added value of satellite-based surface soil moisture retrievals for agricultural drought monitoring is assessed by calculating the lagged rank correlation between remotely-sensed vegetation indices (VI) and soil moisture estimates obtained both before and after the assimilation of surface soil moisture retrievals derived from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-EOS (AMSR-E) into a soil water balance model. Higher soil moisture/VI lag correlations imply an enhanced ability to predict future vegetation conditions using estimates of current soil moisture. Results demonstrate that the assimilation of AMSR-E surface soil moisture retrievals substantially improve the performance of a global drought monitoring system - particularly in sparsely-instrumented areas of the world where high-quality rainfall observations are unavailable.

  2. State of the Art in Large-Scale Soil Moisture Monitoring

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    Ochsner, Tyson E.; Cosh, Michael Harold; Cuenca, Richard H.; Dorigo, Wouter; Draper, Clara S.; Hagimoto, Yutaka; Kerr, Yan H.; Larson, Kristine M.; Njoku, Eni Gerald; Small, Eric E.; Zreda, Marek G.

    2013-01-01

    Soil moisture is an essential climate variable influencing land atmosphere interactions, an essential hydrologic variable impacting rainfall runoff processes, an essential ecological variable regulating net ecosystem exchange, and an essential agricultural variable constraining food security. Large-scale soil moisture monitoring has advanced in recent years creating opportunities to transform scientific understanding of soil moisture and related processes. These advances are being driven by researchers from a broad range of disciplines, but this complicates collaboration and communication. For some applications, the science required to utilize large-scale soil moisture data is poorly developed. In this review, we describe the state of the art in large-scale soil moisture monitoring and identify some critical needs for research to optimize the use of increasingly available soil moisture data. We review representative examples of 1) emerging in situ and proximal sensing techniques, 2) dedicated soil moisture remote sensing missions, 3) soil moisture monitoring networks, and 4) applications of large-scale soil moisture measurements. Significant near-term progress seems possible in the use of large-scale soil moisture data for drought monitoring. Assimilation of soil moisture data for meteorological or hydrologic forecasting also shows promise, but significant challenges related to model structures and model errors remain. Little progress has been made yet in the use of large-scale soil moisture observations within the context of ecological or agricultural modeling. Opportunities abound to advance the science and practice of large-scale soil moisture monitoring for the sake of improved Earth system monitoring, modeling, and forecasting.

  3. Tree root systems competing for soil moisture in a 3D soil-plant model

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    Manoli, Gabriele; Bonetti, Sara; Domec, Jean-Christophe; Putti, Mario; Katul, Gabriel; Marani, Marco

    2014-04-01

    Competition for water among multiple tree rooting systems is investigated using a soil-plant model that accounts for soil moisture dynamics and root water uptake (RWU), whole plant transpiration, and leaf-level photosynthesis. The model is based on a numerical solution to the 3D Richards equation modified to account for a 3D RWU, trunk xylem, and stomatal conductances. The stomatal conductance is determined by combining a conventional biochemical demand formulation for photosynthesis with an optimization hypothesis that selects stomatal aperture so as to maximize carbon gain for a given water loss. Model results compare well with measurements of soil moisture throughout the rooting zone, of total sap flow in the trunk xylem, as well as of leaf water potential collected in a Loblolly pine forest. The model is then used to diagnose plant responses to water stress in the presence of competing rooting systems. Unsurprisingly, the overlap between rooting zones is shown to enhance soil drying. However, the 3D spatial model yielded transpiration-bulk root-zone soil moisture relations that do not deviate appreciably from their proto-typical form commonly assumed in lumped eco-hydrological models. The increased overlap among rooting systems primarily alters the timing at which the point of incipient soil moisture stress is reached by the entire soil-plant system.

  4. Measurement scheduling for soil moisture sensing: From physical models to optimal control

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    Shuman, David I.

    In this paper, we consider the problem of monitoring soil moisture evolution using a wireless network of in situ sensors. Continuously sampling moisture levels with these sensors incurs high-maintenance and energy consumption ...

  5. Simulating high resolution soil moisture distribution using TOPMODEL-based Land Surface-Atmosphere Transfer Scheme (TOPLATS) model

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    Fu, X.; Luo, L.; Pan, M.; Yu, Z.; Huang, H.; Lang, Y.; Tang, Y.

    2014-12-01

    Better quantification of the spatial and temporal distribution of soil moisture across different spatial scales can greatly help us understanding the Earth as an integrated system. To obtain high resolution root zone soil moisture (RZSM), we applied the TOPMODEL-based Land Surface-Atmosphere Transfer Scheme (TOPLATS) over the Oklahoma region driven by coarse scale (0.125 degree) meteorological forcing from NLDAS. The simulated RZSM is then evaluated against in-situ observations from 16 stations in the study domain, and the model performance is assessed using the average relative error (RE) and the root mean square error (RMSE). The simulated spatial distribution of soil moisture is largely consistent with the distribution of topographic index (TI) in most part of Oklahoma as topography has traditionally been considered the dominant factor in horizontal redistribution of soil moisture. Evaluation over individual stations show that RE is generally smaller than 10% and RMSE is mostly smaller than 0.05 m3/m3. At daily, monthly and seasonal time scales, the simulation was able to capture the observed variation of RZSM at most stations. In addition to topographic index and precipitation distribution, our analysis also suggested that surface temperature plays an important role in determining soil moisture distribution through regulating the evapotranspiration. The overall evaluation confirms that the TOPLATS model can be a useful downscaling tool for obtaining high resolution soil moisture.

  6. Soil Moisture and Snow Cover: Active or Passive Elements of Climate

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    Oglesby, Robert J.; Marshall, Susan; Erickson, David J., III; Robertson, Franklin R.; Roads, John O.; Arnold, James E. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    A key question is the extent to which surface effects such as soil moisture and snow cover are simply passive elements or whether they can affect the evolution of climate on seasonal and longer time scales. We have constructed ensembles of predictability studies using the NCAR CCM3 in which we compared the relative roles of initial surface and atmospheric conditions over the central and western U.S. in determining the subsequent evolution of soil moisture and of snow cover. Results from simulations with realistic soil moisture anomalies indicate that internal climate variability may be the strongest factor, with some indication that the initial atmospheric state is also important. Model runs with exaggerated soil moisture reductions (near-desert conditions) showed a much larger effect, with warmer surface temperatures, reduced precipitation, and lower surface pressures; the latter indicating a response of the atmospheric circulation. These results suggest the possibility of a threshold effect in soil moisture, whereby an anomaly must be of a sufficient size before it can have a significant impact on the atmospheric circulation and climate. Results from simulations with realistic snow cover anomalies indicate that the time of year can be crucial. When introduced in late winter, these anomalies strongly affected the subsequent evolution of snow cover. When introduced in early winter, however, little or no effect is seen on the subsequent snow cover. Runs with greatly exaggerated initial snow cover indicate that the high reflectivity of snow is the most important process by which snow cover can impact climate, through lower surface temperatures and increased surface pressures. The results to date were obtained for model runs with present-day conditions. We are currently analyzing runs made with projected forcings for the 21st century to see if these results are modified in any way under likely scenarios of future climate change. An intriguing new statistical technique involving 'clustering' is developed to assist in this analysis.

  7. A sensor array system for monitoring moisture dynamics inunsaturated soil

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    Salve, R.; Cook, P.J.

    2007-05-15

    To facilitate investigations of moisture dynamics inunsaturated soil, we have developed a technique to qualitatively monitorpatterns of saturation changes. Field results suggest that this device,the sensor array system (SAS), is suitable for determining changes inrelative wetness along vertical soil profiles. The performance of theseprobes was compared with that of the time domain reflectometry (TDR)technique under controlled and field conditions. Measurements from bothtechniques suggest that by obtaining data at high spatial and temporalresolution, the SAS technique was effective in determining patterns ofsaturation changes along a soil profile. In addition, hardware used inthe SAS technique was significantly cheaper than the TDR system, and thesensor arrays were much easier to install along a soilprofile.

  8. Assimilation of cosmic-ray neutron counts for updating of soil moisture and soil properties with application to irrigation scheduling

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    Han, Xujun; Hendricks Franssen, Harrie-Jan; Ángel Jiménez Bello, Miguel; Rosolem, Rafael; Bogena, Heye; Martínez Alzamora, Fernando; Chanzy, André; Vereecken, Harry

    2014-05-01

    The soil moisture is a good indicator of water stress during the irrigation scheduling. The cosmic-ray probes can measure the soil moisture at an intermediate scale through the interaction between the land surface neutron counts and soil moisture profile. This study investigated the assimilation of neutron measurements by a cosmic-ray probe for updating root zone soil moisture as well as soil properties (sand fraction, clay fraction and organic matter density) in Community Land Model (CLM) using the Local Ensemble Transform Kalman Filter (LETKF) for the real time optimal scheduling of irrigation. In order to map the soil moisture into measured neutron counts, the new COSMIC model is used as the non-linear measurement operator. The background uncertainties in CLM forecast were described by the uncertain model forcings and soil properties in the assimilation. Two groups of synthetic scenarios were studied for the optimization of real-time irrigation scheduling for fields of citrus trees: for the first group of scenarios soil texture was systematically finer with more clay and less sand than in the reference ('Wet bias') whereas for the second group of scenarios soil texture was coarser with less clay and more sand than in reality ('Dry bias'). The irrigation requirements were calculated based on the water deficit method using as input updated soil moisture contents after assimilation of neutron counts. For each of these two groups of scenarios seven scenarios, in which different combinations of ensemble weather forecast, data assimilation, soil properties optimization, were defined to estimate the irrigation requirement. Results show that the joint soil moisture and soil properties updating results overall in the best estimation of soil moisture, actual evapotranspiration and irrigation requirement. The characterization of soil moisture and soil properties can be improved after assimilation of cosmic-ray neutron counts. The biased soil properties result in wrong irrigation requirement. If soil parameters are also updated, the sensible and latent heat flux characterization is improved for biased soil properties.

  9. Modeling Soil Moisture Fields Using the Distributed Hydrologic Model MOBIDIC

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    Castillo, A. E.; Entekhabi, D.; Castelli, F.

    2011-12-01

    The Modello Bilancio Idrologico DIstributo e Continuo (MOBIDIC) is a fully-distributed physically-based basin hydrologic model [Castelli et al., 2009]. MOBIDIC represents watersheds using a system or reservoirs that interact through both mass and energy fluxes. The model uses a single-layered soil on a grid. For each grid element, soil moisture is conceptually partitioned into gravitational (free) and capillary-bound water. For computational parsimony, linear parameterization is used for infiltration rather than solving it using the nonlinear Richard's Equation. Previous applications of MOBIDIC assessed model performance based on streamflow which is a flux. In this study, the MOBIDIC simulated soil moisture, a state variable, is compared against observed values as well as values simulated by the legacy Simultaneous Heat and Water (SHAW) model [Flerchinger, 2000] which was chosen as the benchmark. Results of initial simulations with the original version of MOBIDIC prompted several model modifications such as changing the parameterization of evapotranspiration and adding capillary rise to make the model more robust in simulating the dynamics of soil moisture. In order to test the performance of the modified MOBIDIC, both short-term (a few weeks) and extended (multi-year) simulations were performed for 3 well-studied sites in the US: two sites are mountainous with deep groundwater table and semiarid climate, while the third site is fluvial with shallow groundwater table and temperate climate. For the multi-year simulations, both MOBIDIC and SHAW performed well in modeling the daily observed soil moisture. The simulations also illustrated the benefits of adding the capillary rise module and the other modifications introduced. Moreover, it was successfully demonstrated that MOBIDIC, with some conceptual approaches and some simplified parameterizations, can perform as good, if not better, than the more sophisticated SHAW model. References Castelli, F., G. Menduni, and B. Mazzanti (2009), A distributed package for sustainable water management: a case study in the Arno basin, IAHS Publ. 327 Flerchinger, G. N. (2000), The Simultaneous Heat and Water (SHAW) Model: Technical Documentation, Technical Report NWRC 2000-09, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Boise, Idaho

  10. Estimating Sahelian and East African soil moisture using the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index

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    McNally, A.; Funk, C.; Husak, G. J.; Michaelsen, J.; Cappelaere, B.; Demarty, J.; Pellarin, T.; Young, T. P.; Caylor, K. K.; Riginos, C.; Veblen, K. E.

    2013-06-01

    Rainfall gauge networks in Sub-Saharan Africa are inadequate for assessing Sahelian agricultural drought, hence satellite-based estimates of precipitation and vegetation indices such as the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) provide the main source of information for early warning systems. While it is common practice to translate precipitation into estimates of soil moisture, it is difficult to quantitatively compare precipitation and soil moisture estimates with variations in NDVI. In the context of agricultural drought early warning, this study quantitatively compares rainfall, soil moisture and NDVI using a simple statistical model to translate NDVI values into estimates of soil moisture. The model was calibrated using in-situ soil moisture observations from southwest Niger, and then used to estimate root zone soil moisture across the African Sahel from 2001-2012. We then used these NDVI-soil moisture estimates (NSM) to quantify agricultural drought, and compared our results with a precipitation-based estimate of soil moisture (the Antecedent Precipitation Index, API), calibrated to the same in-situ soil moisture observations. We also used in-situ soil moisture observations in Mali and Kenya to assess performance in other water-limited locations in sub Saharan Africa. The separate estimates of soil moisture were highly correlated across the semi-arid, West and Central African Sahel, where annual rainfall exhibits a uni-modal regime. We also found that seasonal API and NDVI-soil moisture showed high rank correlation with a crop water balance model, capturing known agricultural drought years in Niger, indicating that this new estimate of soil moisture can contribute to operational drought monitoring. In-situ soil moisture observations from Kenya highlighted how the rainfall-driven API needs to be recalibrated in locations with multiple rainy seasons (e.g., Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia). Our soil moisture estimates from NDVI, on the other hand, performed well in Niger, Mali and Kenya. This suggests that the NDVI-soil moisture relationship may be more robust across rainfall regimes than the API because the relationship between NDVI and plant available water is less reliant on local characteristics (e.g., infiltration, runoff, evaporation) than the relationship between rainfall and soil moisture.

  11. Automated system for generation of soil moisture products for agricultural drought assessment

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    Raja Shekhar, S. S.; Chandrasekar, K.; Sesha Sai, M. V. R.; Diwakar, P. G.; Dadhwal, V. K.

    2014-11-01

    Drought is a frequently occurring disaster affecting lives of millions of people across the world every year. Several parameters, indices and models are being used globally to forecast / early warning of drought and monitoring drought for its prevalence, persistence and severity. Since drought is a complex phenomenon, large number of parameter/index need to be evaluated to sufficiently address the problem. It is a challenge to generate input parameters from different sources like space based data, ground data and collateral data in short intervals of time, where there may be limitation in terms of processing power, availability of domain expertise, specialized models & tools. In this study, effort has been made to automate the derivation of one of the important parameter in the drought studies viz Soil Moisture. Soil water balance bucket model is in vogue to arrive at soil moisture products, which is widely popular for its sensitivity to soil conditions and rainfall parameters. This model has been encoded into "Fish-Bone" architecture using COM technologies and Open Source libraries for best possible automation to fulfill the needs for a standard procedure of preparing input parameters and processing routines. The main aim of the system is to provide operational environment for generation of soil moisture products by facilitating users to concentrate on further enhancements and implementation of these parameters in related areas of research, without re-discovering the established models. Emphasis of the architecture is mainly based on available open source libraries for GIS and Raster IO operations for different file formats to ensure that the products can be widely distributed without the burden of any commercial dependencies. Further the system is automated to the extent of user free operations if required with inbuilt chain processing for every day generation of products at specified intervals. Operational software has inbuilt capabilities to automatically download requisite input parameters like rainfall, Potential Evapotranspiration (PET) from respective servers. It can import file formats like .grd, .hdf, .img, generic binary etc, perform geometric correction and re-project the files to native projection system. The software takes into account the weather, crop and soil parameters to run the designed soil water balance model. The software also has additional features like time compositing of outputs to generate weekly, fortnightly profiles for further analysis. Other tools to generate "Area Favorable for Crop Sowing" using the daily soil moisture with highly customizable parameters interface has been provided. A whole India analysis would now take a mere 20 seconds for generation of soil moisture products which would normally take one hour per day using commercial software.

  12. Global Soil Moisture from the Aquarius/SAC-D Satellite: Description and Initial Assessment

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    Bindlish, Rajat; Jackson, Thomas; Cosh, Michael; Zhao, Tianjie; O'Neil, Peggy

    2015-01-01

    Aquarius satellite observations over land offer a new resource for measuring soil moisture from space. Although Aquarius was designed for ocean salinity mapping, our objective in this investigation is to exploit the large amount of land observations that Aquarius acquires and extend the mission scope to include the retrieval of surface soil moisture. The soil moisture retrieval algorithm development focused on using only the radiometer data because of the extensive heritage of passive microwave retrieval of soil moisture. The single channel algorithm (SCA) was implemented using the Aquarius observations to estimate surface soil moisture. Aquarius radiometer observations from three beams (after bias/gain modification) along with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction model forecast surface temperatures were then used to retrieve soil moisture. Ancillary data inputs required for using the SCA are vegetation water content, land surface temperature, and several soil and vegetation parameters based on land cover classes. The resulting global spatial patterns of soil moisture were consistent with the precipitation climatology and with soil moisture from other satellite missions (Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for the Earth Observing System and Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity). Initial assessments were performed using in situ observations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Little Washita and Little River watershed soil moisture networks. Results showed good performance by the algorithm for these land surface conditions for the period of August 2011-June 2013 (rmse = 0.031 m(exp 3)/m(exp 3), Bias = -0.007 m(exp 3)/m(exp 3), and R = 0.855). This radiometer-only soil moisture product will serve as a baseline for continuing research on both active and combined passive-active soil moisture algorithms. The products are routinely available through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration data archive at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

  13. Mapping and decomposing scale-dependent soil moisture variability within an Inner Bluegrass landscape

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    Landrum, Carla Jill

    There is a shared desire among public and private sectors to produce more reliable predictions, accurate mapping, and appropriate scaling of soil moisture and associated parameters across landscapes. A discrepancy often exists between the scale at which soil hydrologic properties are measured and the scale at which they are modeled for management purposes. Moreover, little is known about the relative importance of hydrologic modeling parameters as soil moisture fluctuates with time. More research is needed to establish which observation scales in space and time are optimal for managing soil moisture variation over large spatial extents and how these scales are affected by fluctuations in soil moisture content with time. This research fuses high resolution geoelectric and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) as auxiliary measures to support sparse direct soil sampling over a 40 hectare inner BluegrassKentucky (USA) landscape. A Veris 3100 was used to measure shallow and deep apparent electrical conductivity (aEC) in tandem with soil moisture sampling on three separate dates with ascending soil moisture contents ranging from plant wilting point to near field capacity. Terrain attributes were produced from 2010 LiDAR ground returns collected at ?1 m nominal pulse spacing. Exploratory statistics revealed several variables best associate with soil moisture, including terrain features (slope, profile curvature, and elevation), soil physical and chemical properties (calcium, cation exchange capacity, organic matter, clay and sand) and aEC for each date. Multivariate geostatistics, time stability analyses, and spatial regression were performed to characterize scale-dependent soil moisture patterns in space with time to determine which soil-terrain parameters influence soil moisture distribution. Results showed that soil moisture variation was time stable across the landscape and primarily associated with long-range (˜250 m) soil physicochemical properties. When the soils approached field capacity, however, there was a shift in relative importance from long-range soil physicochemical properties to short-range (˜70 m) terrain attributes, albeit this shift did not cause time instability. Results obtained suggest soil moisture's interaction with soil-terrain parameters is time dependent and this dependence influences which observation scale is optimal to sample and manage soil moisture variation. KEYWORDS: Data Fusion, Spatiotemporal Soil Moisture Variation, Scale-Dependent Soil Moisture Variation, Time Stability, Time Instability.

  14. Improved prediction of quasi-global vegetation conditions using remotely-sensed surface soil moisture

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    The additive value of satellite-based surface soil moisture retrievals for agricultural drought monitoring is assessed by calculating the lagged rank correlation between remotely-sensed vegetation indices (VI) and model-based soil moisture obtained before and after the assimilation of surface soil m...

  15. In-situ Soil Moisture Sensing: Measurement Scheduling and Estimation using Compressive Sensing

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    Cafarella, Michael J.

    In-situ Soil Moisture Sensing: Measurement Scheduling and Estimation using Compressive Sensing mingyan@eecs.umich.edu ABSTRACT We consider the problem of monitoring soil moisture evolu- tion using desirable to rely on fewer measurements and estimate with higher accu- racy the original signal (soil

  16. The SMAP level 4 surface and root zone soil moisture data assimilation product

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    The NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission is scheduled for launch in January 2015 and will provide L-band radar and radiometer observations that are sensitive to surface soil moisture (in the top few centimeters of the soil column). For several of the key applications targeted by SMAP, ho...

  17. Phase relationship equation for moisture induced shrink and swell of soils 

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    Hoffmann, Stacey Bruemmer

    1997-01-01

    for Moisture Induced Shrink and Swell (PREMISS). The equation is based on soil weight-volume relationships and the continuity between the changes in air and water volumes within the soil. This equation uses seasonal soil moisture content changes over the depth...

  18. Ecohydrological and Topographical Controls on Soil Moisture and Soil Temperature for a Snow-dominated Watershed in Pacific Northwest of North America

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    Chatanantavet, P.; Maneta, M. P.; Wilcox, A. C.; Silverman, N. L.

    2014-12-01

    In mountainous, snow-dominated watersheds, the relative influence of and interactions among factors controlling the spatio-temporal distributions of soil moisture and soil temperature, including slope, elevation, precipitation magnitude and type, incoming solar radiation, and vegetation, are poorly understood at the watershed scale. We investigated these processes by using the Weather Research and Forecasting model to dynamically downscale the Global Forecast System model to a 4 km resolution for western Montana for years 2000-2006. We used the resulting regional climate data to force a physics-based ecohydrologic model, ECH2O, over the Bitterroot River basin (6,500 km2). The model was run at daily time steps in a 250-m resolution grid and was calibrated against measured streamflow and snow water equivalent, as well as satellite-derived snow covered distribution, gross primary production, evapotranspiration, leaf area index, and land-surface temperature. Soil moisture, soil temperature, runoff, and other ecohydrologic variables were simulated. We focus on analyzing the sensitivity of soil moisture and soil temperature to elevation by studying soil moisture-temperature curves for six elevation intervals spanning the elevation range of ~ 2 km. Results show that as elevation increases, the ranges of variation for depth-averaged soil moisture and soil temperature throughout the year evolve differently. A negative correlation between soil temperature and soil moisture is apparent at all elevations, being stronger in the valley bottom and at low altitudes. The spatial variability of soil moisture and soil temperature increases from the valley bottom toward low and moderate elevations due to more transient and complex patterns of snow cover. A stronger hysteresis between these two variables was also detected as elevation increases with two loops, one corresponding to late summer and fall precipitation and the other to the onset of spring snowmelt. The soil moisture-temperature curves show different characteristics within elevation bands, and are representative of the climate conditions and the snow accumulation and melting regime. The altitudinal analysis of soil moisture and temperature presented here provides insight into which elevation zones may be most vulnerable to climate change.

  19. NASA's Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) Mission

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    Kellogg, Kent; Njoku, Eni; Thurman, Sam; Edelstein, Wendy; Jai, Ben; Spencer, Mike; Chen, Gun-Shing; Entekhabi, Dara; O'Neill, Peggy; Piepmeier, Jeffrey; Brown, Molly; Savinell, Chris; Entin, Jared; Ianson, Eric

    2010-01-01

    The Soil Moisture Active-Passive (SMAP) Mission is one of the first Earth observation satellites being formulated by NASA in response to the 2007 National Research Council s Decadal Survey. SMAP will make global measurements of soil moisture at the Earth's land surface and its freeze-thaw state. These measurements will allow significantly improved estimates of water, energy and carbon transfers between the land and atmosphere. Soil moisture measurements are also of great importance in assessing flooding and monitoring drought. Knowledge gained from SMAP observations can help mitigate these natural hazards, resulting in potentially great economic and social benefits. SMAP observations of soil moisture and freeze/thaw timing over the boreal latitudes will also reduce a major uncertainty in quantifying the global carbon balance and help to resolve an apparent missing carbon sink over land. The SMAP mission concept will utilize an L-band radar and radiometer sharing a rotating 6-meter mesh reflector antenna flying in a 680 km polar orbit with an 8-day exact ground track repeat aboard a 3-axis stabilized spacecraft to provide high-resolution and high-accuracy global maps of soil moisture and freeze/thaw state every two to three days. In addition, the SMAP project will use these surface observations with advanced modeling and data assimilation to provide estimates of deeper root-zone soil moisture and net ecosystem exchange of carbon. SMAP recently completed its Phase A Mission Concept Study Phase for NASA and transitioned into Phase B (Formulation and Detailed Design). A number of significant accomplishments occurred during this initial phase of mission development. The SMAP project held several open meetings to solicit community feedback on possible science algorithms, prepared preliminary draft Algorithm Theoretical Basis Documents (ATBDs) for each mission science product, and established a prototype algorithm testbed to enable testing and evaluation of the performance of candidate algorithms. SMAP conducted an Applications Workshop in September 2009 to coordinate with potential application users interested in the mission data. A draft Applications Plan describing the Project s planned outreach to potential applications users has been prepared and will be updated during Phase B. SMAP made a significant evaluation of the potential terrestrial radio frequency interference (RFI) source environment and established radiometer and radar flight hardware and ground processing mitigation approaches. SMAP finalized its science orbit and orbit injection approach to optimize launch mass and prepared launch and commissioning scenarios and timeline. A science data communications approach was developed to maximize available science data volume to improve science margins while maintaining moderately short data product latencies to support many potential applications using existing ground assets and with minimum impact to the flight system. SMAP developed rigid multi-body and flexible body dynamics and control models and system designs for the 6-meter rotating instrument reflector-boom assembly (RBA) and flight system to confirm pointing and control performance, and devised strategies to efficiently implement on-orbit balancing if needed. Industry partners were selected for the spin mechanism assembly (SMA) and RBA. Preliminary designs for the radar and radiometer were initiated, including constructing breadboards of key assemblies.

  20. Inference of extractable soil moisture in the plant root zone at the Walnut River Watershed.

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    Song, J.

    1998-10-05

    Soil moisture content is a crucial variable in studies of hydrology, meteorology, and plant sciences. Soil moisture content influences the ability of land to hold additional water from precipitation and thus affects groundwater levels and runoff. Evapotranspiration rates are strongly influenced by soil moisture content near the surface; evapotranspiration regulates surface air temperature and is a major factor in modifying the water vapor content of the atmosphere. Adequate soil moisture is essential for plant growth; excesses and deficits of soil moisture must be considered in agricultural management practices. Soil moisture can be measured by a variety of in situ techniques, but such techniques often are inadequate for evaluation over large areas because of strong temporal and spatial variations. Here, a technique using standard surface meteorological observations together with remote sensing data from satellites is discussed.

  1. An analytical method for predicting surface soil moisture from rainfall observations

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    Sale, Michael J; Pan, Feifei; Peters-Lidard, C. D.

    2003-11-01

    A simple analytical method for estimating surface soil moisture directly from rainfall data is proposed and studied. Soil moisture dynamics are represented by a linear stochastic partial differential equation ( Entekhabi and Rodriguez-Iturbe, 1994 ). A diagnostic equation is derived from the soil moisture dynamics equation by eliminating the diffusion term. The derived daily soil moisture function is a time-weighted average of previous cumulative rainfall over a given period (e.g., >14 days). The advantage of this method is that information on the initial condition of soil moisture, which is often not available at all times and locations, is not needed. The loss coefficient in the diagnostic equation for soil moisture can be estimated from land surface characteristics and soil properties. The method for determining the averaging window size, the loss coefficient, and the infiltration coefficient are described and demonstrated. The soil moisture data observed during three field experiments, i.e., Monsoon'90, Washita'92, and SGP'97, are compared to the calculated soil moisture. The results indicate that the proposed method is robust and has the potential for useful soil moisture predictions.

  2. Soil moisture monitoring in Candelaro basin, Southern Italy

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    Campana, C.; Gigante, V.; Iacobellis, V.

    2012-04-01

    The signature of the hydrologic regime can be investigated, in principle, by recognizing the main mechanisms of runoff generation that take place in the basin and affect the seasonal behavior or the rainfall-driven events. In this framework, besides the implementation of hydrological models, a crucial role should be played by direct observation of key state variables such as soil moisture at different depths and different distances from the river network. In fact, understanding hydrological systems is often limited by the frequency and spatial distribution of observations. Experimental catchments, which are field laboratories with long-term measurements of hydrological variables, are not only sources of data but also sources of knowledge. Wireless distributed sensing platforms are a key technology to address the need for overcoming field limitations such as conflicts between soil use and cable connections. A stand-alone wireless network system has been installed for continuous monitoring of soil water contents at multiple depths along a transect located in Celone basin (sub-basin of Candelaro basin in Puglia, Southern Italy). The transect consists of five verticals, each one having three soil water content sensors at multiple depths: 0,05 m, 0,6 m and 1,2 m below the ground level. The total length of the transect is 307 m and the average distance between the verticals is 77 m. The main elements of the instrumental system installed are: fifteen Decagon 10HS Soil Moisture Sensors, five Decagon Em50R Wireless Radio Data Loggers, one Rain gauge, one Decagon Data Station and one Campbell CR1000 Data Logger. Main advantages of the system as described and presented in this work are that installation of the wireless network system is fast and easy to use, data retrieval and monitoring information over large spatial scales can be obtained in (near) real-time mode and finally other type of sensors can be connected to the system, also offering wide potentials for future applications. First records of the wireless underground network system indicate the presence of interesting patterns in space-time variability of volumetric soil moisture content, that provide evidence of the combined process of vertical infiltration and lateral flow. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT The research in this work is supported by the MIRAGE FP7 project (Grant agreement n. 211732).

  3. Predicting Soil Salinity with Vis–NIR Spectra after Removing the Effects of Soil Moisture Using External Parameter Orthogonalization

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    Liu, Ya; Pan, Xianzhang; Wang, Changkun; Li, Yanli; Shi, Rongjie

    2015-01-01

    Robust models for predicting soil salinity that use visible and near-infrared (vis–NIR) reflectance spectroscopy are needed to better quantify soil salinity in agricultural fields. Currently available models are not sufficiently robust for variable soil moisture contents. Thus, we used external parameter orthogonalization (EPO), which effectively projects spectra onto the subspace orthogonal to unwanted variation, to remove the variations caused by an external factor, e.g., the influences of soil moisture on spectral reflectance. In this study, 570 spectra between 380 and 2400 nm were obtained from soils with various soil moisture contents and salt concentrations in the laboratory; 3 soil types × 10 salt concentrations × 19 soil moisture levels were used. To examine the effectiveness of EPO, we compared the partial least squares regression (PLSR) results established from spectra with and without EPO correction. The EPO method effectively removed the effects of moisture, and the accuracy and robustness of the soil salt contents (SSCs) prediction model, which was built using the EPO-corrected spectra under various soil moisture conditions, were significantly improved relative to the spectra without EPO correction. This study contributes to the removal of soil moisture effects from soil salinity estimations when using vis–NIR reflectance spectroscopy and can assist others in quantifying soil salinity in the future. PMID:26468645

  4. Observational Evidence that Soil Moisture Variations Affect Precipitation

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    Koster, Randal D.; Suarez, Max J.; Higgins, R. Wayne; VandenDool, Huug M.

    2002-01-01

    Land-atmosphere feedback, by which precipitation-induced soil moisture anomalies affect subsequent precipitation, may be an important element of Earth's climate system, but its very existence has never been demonstrated conclusively at regional to continental scales. Evidence for the feedback is sought in a 50-year observational precipitation dataset covering the United States. The precipitation variance and autocorrelation fields are characterized by features that agree (in structure, though not in magnitude) with those produced by an atmospheric general circulation model (AGCM). Because the model-generated features are known to result from land-atmosphere feedback alone, the observed features are highly suggestive of the existence of feedback in nature.

  5. Correlation of spacecraft passive microwave system data with soil moisture indices (API). [great plains corridor

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    Blanchard, B. J.; Mcfarland, M. J.; Theis, S.; Richter, J. G.

    1981-01-01

    Electrical scanning microwave radiometer brightness temperature, meteorological data, climatological data, and winter wheat crop information were used to estimate that soil moisture content in the Great Plains region. Results over the predominant winter wheat areas indicate that the best potential to infer soil moisture occurs during fall and spring. These periods encompass the growth stages when soil moisture is most important to winter wheat yield. Other significant results are reported.

  6. Evaluating Remotely-Sensed Soil Moisture with Data Synthesis for Ecological Applications (Invited)

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    Jones, L. A.; Kimball, J. S.

    2013-12-01

    Evaluation of remotely-sensed soil moisture products for ecological applications remains a challenge, despite an increasing abundance of soil-moisture related data. Available data vary by spatial representation, temporal fidelity and sensitivity, while some data, such as precipitation or evapotranspiration, indirectly relate to soil moisture. Soil moisture cross-correlates with potential confounding factors including vegetation biomass, surface temperature and flooding, further complicating positive attribution of the remotely-sensed signal. The quality of remotely-sensed soil moisture is spatially and temporally heterogeneous and often contains significant retrieval gaps limiting utility for many applications. To address these challenges, we developed a system for simultaneous satellite microwave retrieval of multiple land surface parameters from AMSR-E multi-frequency brightness temperatures. Rather than evaluate soil moisture in isolation, we evaluate consistency of all retrieved parameters in relation to each other and independent datasets. We also develop a data-assimilation-inspired time series merging method for exploiting soil-moisture related data from multiple independent sources to improve soil moisture accuracy and provide detailed uncertainty information. The merging method improves correlations with in situ soil moisture measurements from regional monitoring networks, while estimated RMS errors correlate closely with RMS error calculated directly from the in situ data. The resulting integrated soil moisture dataset serves as a primary driver for remote-sensing-based carbon model simulations of soil respiration and net ecosystem CO2 exchange (NEE). Model fit relative to tower observed NEE improves over model estimates derived using individual unmerged soil moisture inputs for moisture-constrained ecosystems. The results of this work are relevant to several upcoming NASA Decadal Survey missions, including SMAP, GPM, and OCO-2.

  7. Estimating soil moisture from satellite microwave observations: Past and ongoing projects, and relevance to GCIP

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    Owe, M.; Van de Griend, A. A.; de Jeu, R.; de Vries, J. J.; Seyhan, E.; Engman, E. T.

    1999-08-01

    On the basis of a series of studies conducted in Botswana and preliminary results from an ongoing study in Spain, developments in microwave remote sensing by satellite, which can be used to monitor near-real-time surface moisture and also study long-term soil moisture climatology, are described. A progression of methodologies beginning with single-polarization studies and leading to both dual polarization and multiple frequency techniques are described. Continuing analysis of a 9 year data set of satellite-derived surface moisture in Spain is ongoing. Preliminary results from this study appear to provide some evidence of long-term desertification in certain parts of this region. The methodologies developed during these investigations can be applied easily to other regions such as the GCIP area and could provide useful databases for simulation and validation studies. Additionally, they have strong potential for global applications such as climate change studies.

  8. Effect of soil moisture on the sorption of trichloroethene vapor to vadose-zone soil at picatinny arsenal, New Jersey

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    Smith, J.A.; Chiou, C.T.; Kammer, J.A.; Kile, D.E.

    1990-01-01

    This report presents data on the sorption of trichloroethene (TCE) vapor to vadose-zone soil above a contaminated water-table aquifer at Picatinny Arsenal in Morris County, NJ. To assess the impact of moisture on TCE sorption, batch experiments on the sorption of TCE vapor by the field soil were carried out as a function of relative humidity. The TCE sorption decreases as soil moisture content increases from zero to saturation soil moisture content (the soil moisture content in equilibrium with 100% relative humidity). The moisture content of soil samples collected from the vadose zone was found to be greater than the saturation soil-moisture content, suggesting that adsorption of TCE by the mineral fraction of the vadose-zone soil should be minimal relative to the partition uptake by soil organic matter. Analyses of soil and soil-gas samples collected from the field indicate that the ratio of the concentration of TCE on the vadose-zone soil to its concentration in the soil gas is 1-3 orders of magnitude greater than the ratio predicted by using an assumption of equilibrium conditions. This apparent disequilibrium presumably results from the slow desorption of TCE from the organic matter of the vadose-zone soil relative to the dissipation of TCE vapor from the soil gas.

  9. On the Soil Roughness Parameterization Problem in Soil Moisture Retrieval of Bare Surfaces from Synthetic Aperture Radar

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    Verhoest, Niko E.C; Lievens, Hans; Wagner, Wolfgang; Álvarez-Mozos, Jesús; Moran, M. Susan; Mattia, Francesco

    2008-01-01

    Synthetic Aperture Radar has shown its large potential for retrieving soil moisture maps at regional scales. However, since the backscattered signal is determined by several surface characteristics, the retrieval of soil moisture is an ill-posed problem when using single configuration imagery. Unless accurate surface roughness parameter values are available, retrieving soil moisture from radar backscatter usually provides inaccurate estimates. The characterization of soil roughness is not fully understood, and a large range of roughness parameter values can be obtained for the same surface when different measurement methodologies are used. In this paper, a literature review is made that summarizes the problems encountered when parameterizing soil roughness as well as the reported impact of the errors made on the retrieved soil moisture. A number of suggestions were made for resolving issues in roughness parameterization and studying the impact of these roughness problems on the soil moisture retrieval accuracy and scale.

  10. Effects of biotic and abiotic indices on long term soil moisture data in a grassland biodiversity experiment

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    Fischer, Christine; Hohenbrink, Tobias; Leimer, Sophia; Roscher, Christiane; Ravenek, Janneke; de Kroon, Hans; Kreutziger, Yvonne; Wirth, Christian; Eisenhauer, Nico; Gleixner, Gerd; Weigelt, Alexandra; Mommer, Liesje; Beßler, Holger; Schröder, Boris; Hildebrandt, Anke

    2015-04-01

    Soil moisture is the dynamic link between climate, soil and vegetation and the dynamics and variation are affected by several often interrelated factors such as soil texture, soil structural parameters (soil organic carbon) and vegetation parameters (belowground- and aboveground biomass). For the characterization and estimation of soil moisture and its variability and the resulting water fluxes and solute transports, the knowledge of the relative importance of these factors is of major challenge for hydrology and bioclimatology. Because of the heterogeneity of these factors, soil moisture varies strongly over time and space. Our objective was to assess the spatio-temporal variability of soil moisture and factors which could explain that variability, like soil properties and vegetation cover, in in a long term biodiversity experiment (Jena Experiment). The Jena Experiment consist 86 plots on which plant species richness (0, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 60) and functional groups (legumes, grasses, tall herbs, and small herbs) were manipulated in a factorial design Soil moisture measurements were performed weekly April to September 2003-2005 and 2008-2013 using Delta T theta probe. Measurements were integrated to three depth intervals: 0.0 - 0.20, 0.20 - 0.40 and 0.40 - 0.70 m. We analyze the spatio-temporal patterns of soil water content on (i) the normalized time series and (ii) the first components obtained from a principal component analysis (PCA). Both were correlated with the design variables of the Jena Experiment (plant species richness and plant functional groups) and other influencing factors such as soil texture, soil structural variables and vegetation parameters. For the time stability of soil water content, the analysis showed that plots containing grasses was consistently drier than average at the soil surface in all observed years while plots containing legumes comparatively moister, but only up to the year 2008. In 0.40 - 0.70 m soil deep plots presence of small herbs led to higher than average soil moisture in some years (2008, 2012, 2013). Interestingly, plant species richness led to moister than average subsoil at the beginning of the experiment (2003 and 2004), which changed to lower than average up to the year 2010 in all depths. There was no effect of species diversity in the years since 2010, although species diversity generally increases leaf area index and aboveground biomass. The first component from the PCA analysis described the mean behavior in time of all soil moisture time series. The second component reflected the impact of soil depth. The first two components explained 76% of the data set total variance. The third component is linked to plant species richness and explained about 4 % of the total variance of soil moisture data. The fourth component, which explained 2.4 %, showed a high correlation to soil texture. Within this study we investigate the dominant factors controlling spatio-temporal patterns of soil moisture at several soil depths. Although climate and soil depths were the most important drivers, other factors like plant species richness and soil texture affected the temporal variation while certain plant functional groups were important for the spatial variability.

  11. The Impact of Microwave-Derived Surface Soil Moisture on Watershed Hydrological Modeling

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    ONeill, P. E.; Hsu, A. Y.; Jackson, T. J.; Wood, E. F.; Zion, M.

    1997-01-01

    The usefulness of incorporating microwave-derived soil moisture information in a semi-distributed hydrological model was demonstrated for the Washita '92 experiment in the Little Washita River watershed in Oklahoma. Initializing the hydrological model with surface soil moisture fields from the ESTAR airborne L-band microwave radiometer on a single wet day at the start of the study period produced more accurate model predictions of soil moisture than a standard hydrological initialization with streamflow data over an eight-day soil moisture drydown.

  12. Quantifying the effects of soil temperature, moisture and sterilization on elemental mercury formation in boreal soils.

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    Pannu, Ravinder; Siciliano, Steven D; O'Driscoll, Nelson J

    2014-10-01

    Soils are a source of elemental mercury (Hg(0)) to the atmosphere, however the effects of soil temperature and moisture on Hg(0) formation is not well defined. This research quantifies the effect of varying soil temperature (278-303 K), moisture (15-80% water filled pore space (WFPS)) and sterilization on the kinetics of Hg(0) formation in forested soils of Nova Scotia, Canada. Both, the logarithm of cumulative mass of Hg(0) formed in soils and the reduction rate constants (k values) increased with temperature and moisture respectively. Sterilizing soils significantly (p < 0.05, n = 10) decreased the percent of total Hg reduced to Hg(0). We describe the fundamentals of Hg(0) formation in soils and our results highlight two key processes: (i) a fast abiotic process that peaks at 45% WFPS and depletes a small pool of Hg(0) and; (ii) a slower, rate limiting biotic process that generates a large pool of reducible Hg(II). PMID:25016467

  13. Soil moisture and potential measurements in NW Italy

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    Ferraris, Stefano; Canone, Davide; Previati, Maurizio

    2015-04-01

    The vertical variability of soil moisture in the rootzone is a key factor and it is not taken into account in many hydrological models. Therefore it is here proposed a novel approach that is based on the inversion of a semianalytical solution of the equation governing the infiltration and the exfiltration processes. The inversion allows keeping the information contained in the vertical spatial variability. It has been monitored with TDR measurements down to 2 meters depth. Also, the hysteresis and dynamical effects are then taken into account, with water potential measurements, in order to correctly predict the water retention both in infiltration and in drainage/exfiltration transients. References M. Baudena, I. Bevilacqua, D. Canone, S. Ferraris, M. Previati, A. Provenzale (2012). Soil water dynamics at a midlatitude test site: Field measurements and box modeling approaches. JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY, vol. 414-415, p. 329-340, ISSN: 0022-1694, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.11.009

  14. Soil temperature, soil moisture and thaw depth, Barrow, Alaska, Ver. 1

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    Sloan, V.L.; J.A. Liebig; M.S. Hahn; J.B. Curtis; J.D. Brooks; A. Rogers; C.M. Iversen; R.J. Norby

    2014-01-10

    This dataset consists of field measurements of soil properties made during 2012 and 2013 in areas A-D of Intensive Site 1 at the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE) Arctic site near Barrow, Alaska. Included are i) weekly measurements of thaw depth, soil moisture, presence and depth of standing water, and soil temperature made during the 2012 and 2013 growing seasons (June - September) and ii) half-hourly measurements of soil temperature logged continuously during the period June 2012 to September 2013.

  15. Improving Simulated Soil Moisture Fields Through Assimilation of AMSR-E Soil Moisture Retrievals with an Ensemble Kalman Filter and a Mass Conservation Constraint

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    Li, Bailing; Toll, David; Zhan, Xiwu; Cosgrove, Brian

    2011-01-01

    Model simulated soil moisture fields are often biased due to errors in input parameters and deficiencies in model physics. Satellite derived soil moisture estimates, if retrieved appropriately, represent the spatial mean of soil moisture in a footprint area, and can be used to reduce model bias (at locations near the surface) through data assimilation techniques. While assimilating the retrievals can reduce model bias, it can also destroy the mass balance enforced by the model governing equation because water is removed from or added to the soil by the assimilation algorithm. In addition, studies have shown that assimilation of surface observations can adversely impact soil moisture estimates in the lower soil layers due to imperfect model physics, even though the bias near the surface is decreased. In this study, an ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) with a mass conservation updating scheme was developed to assimilate the actual value of Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) soil moisture retrievals to improve the mean of simulated soil moisture fields by the Noah land surface model. Assimilation results using the conventional and the mass conservation updating scheme in the Little Washita watershed of Oklahoma showed that, while both updating schemes reduced the bias in the shallow root zone, the mass conservation scheme provided better estimates in the deeper profile. The mass conservation scheme also yielded physically consistent estimates of fluxes and maintained the water budget. Impacts of model physics on the assimilation results are discussed.

  16. Soil moisture-precipitation feedback: reconciling negative spatial coupling with a positive temporal feedback via moisture recycling

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    Guillod, Benoît; Orlowsky, Boris; Miralles, Diego G.; Teuling, Adriaan J.; Seneviratne, Sonia I.

    2015-04-01

    Soil moisture-precipitation coupling, i.e., the impact of soil moisture on precipitation, conveys some of the largest uncertainties in land-atmosphere interactions. In addition to a direct positive effect via moisture recycling, a number of indirect effects have been identified, where surface turbulent fluxes impact temperature and humidity in the boundary layer, its growth and thereby indirectly many variables that can support or inhibit convection triggering, such as atmospheric stability,