Journal article

Standing water effect on soil moisture retrieval from L-band passive microwave observations

N Ye, JP Walker, J Guerschman, D Ryu, RJ Gurney

Remote Sensing of Environment | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2015


Passive microwave remote sensing at L-band has been widely acknowledged as the most promising technique to observe the spatial distribution of near surface (top ~5cm) soil moisture at regional to global scales. The launch of the ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission in 2009 now means that global space-borne brightness temperature observations are available at L-band (1.41GHz) to estimate soil moisture every 2 to 3days with a target accuracy of 0.04m3/m3. Moreover, NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite has been launched on 31st January 2015, also carrying an L-band radiometer, together with an L-band radar for downscaling the brightness temperature observations ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study has been conducted within the framework of the MoistureMap project funded by the Australian Research Council (DP0879212). The airborne and ancillary ground data used in this work were also collected with the support of earlier funding from the ARC for infrastructure (LE0453434) and research (DP0209724 and DP0557543), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the goodwill of many volunteers during the NAFE'06 and AACES field campaigns.