AMSR2 Soil Moisture Product Validation

R. Bindlish, T.J. Jackson, M. Cosh, T. Koike, X. Fuiji, R. de Jeu, S. Chan, J. Asanuma, A. Berg, David Bosch, T. Caldwell, C. Holyfield Collins, H. McNairn, J. Martinez-Fernandez, J. Prueger, M. Seyfried, Patrick Starks, Z. Su, M. Thibeault, J. Walker

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The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) is part of the Global Change Observation Mission-Water (GCOM-W) mission. AMSR2 fills the void left by the loss of the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) after almost 10 years. Both missions provide brightness temperature observations that are used to retrieve soil moisture. Merging AMSR-E and AMSR2 will help build a consistent long-term dataset. Before tackling the integration of AMSR-E and AMSR2 it is necessary to conduct a thorough validation and assessment of the AMSR2 soil moisture products. This study focuses on validation of the AMSR2 soil moisture products by comparison with in situ reference data from a set of core validation sites. Three products that rely on different algorithms were evaluated; the JAXA Soil Moisture Algorithm (JAXA), the Land Parameter Retrieval Model (LPRM), and the Single Channel Algorithm (SCA). Results indicate that overall the SCA has the best performance based upon the metrics considered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication37th IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2017
Subtitle of host publication23-28 July 2017, Fort Worth, TX, United States
PublisherNASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event37th Annual IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2017 - Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, United States
Duration: 23 Jul 201728 Jul 2017
Conference number: 37


Conference37th Annual IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2017
Abbreviated titleIGARSS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFort Worth


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