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Evaluation of Aquarius level 2 Soil Moisture Products Over Central Tibetan Plateau and Continental U.S.
Li, D., Zhao, T., Shi, J., Bindlish, R., Jackson, T., Peng, B., and Liu, Q. (09-Sep-15)

Validation is important for any satellite-based remote sensing products. In this paper, in situ soil moisture observations from 38 stations over the 1 °×1 ° domain from the central Tibetan Plateau Soil Moisture/Temperature Monitoring Network (CTP-SMTMN) and 152 stations from the Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) over continental U.S. are used to determine the reliability of Aquarius level-2 soil moisture products. Evaluation of the time series in CTP-SMTMN shows good performances of the products to capture surface soil moisture annual cycle with the correlation coefficient of 0.767 and RMSD of 0.078m 3m-3. The evaluation results in SCAN suggest that the average correlation is 0.58 and 71.83% sites have correlation larger than 0.5 but differences are observed over many other sites and need to be addressed. The evaluation results also show that the retrieval results performed better for descending orbits (6 AM overpass time).