Science Meetings

Evaluation of L-Band Passive Microwave Soil Moisture for Canada
Champage, C., Rowlandson, T., Berg, A., Burns, T., L'Heureux, J., Adams, J., McNairn, H., and Toth, B. (09-Sep-15)

Passive microwave derived satellite soil moisture data was evaluated over in situ monitoring sites in Canada from two L-Band sensors. Soil moisture data from the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) and the Aquarius mission were used, which collect data at different spatial resolutions and using different retrieval models. Both sensors tend to underestimate soil moisture, with the underestimation from SMOS much more pronounced. Correlation coefficients show a reasonably good correspondence with in situ data, and this correlation tends to be better at sites where sub-grid soil moisture variability is represented in the in situ measured data. This highlights the importance of distributed in situ networks.