Monitoring water and energy cycles at climate scale in the Third Pole Environment (CLIMATE-TPE)

Zhongbo Su, Yaoming Ma*, Xuelong Chen, Xiaohua Dong, Junping Du, Cunbo Han, Yanbo He, J.G. Hofste, Maoshan Li, Mengna Li, Shaoning Lv, Weiqiang Ma, Maria J. Polo, Jian Peng, hui qian, Jose Sobrino, R. van der Velde, Jun Wen, Binbin Wang, Xin WangLianyu Yu, Pei Zhang, Hong Zhao, Han Zheng, Donghai Zheng, C. Lei, Yijian zeng

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A better understanding of the water and energy cycles at climate scale in the Third Pole Environment is essential for assessing and understanding the causes of changes in the cryosphere and hydrosphere in relation to changes of plateau atmosphere in the Asian monsoon system and for predicting the possible changes in water resources in South and East Asia. This paper reports the following results: (1) A platform of in situ observation stations is briefly described for quantifying the interactions in hydrosphere-pedosphere-atmosphere-cryosphere-biosphere over the Tibetan Plateau. (2) A multiyear in situ L-Band microwave radiometry of land surface processes is used to develop a new microwave radiative transfer modeling system. This new system improves the modeling of brightness temperature in both horizontal and vertical polarization. (3) A multiyear (2001–2018) monthly terrestrial actual evapotranspiration and its spatial distribution on the Tibetan Plateau is generated using the surface energy balance system (SEBS) forced by a combination of meteorological and satellite data. (4) A comparison of four large scale soil moisture products to in situ measurements is presented. (5) The trajectory of water vapor transport in the canyon area of Southeast Tibet in different seasons is analyzed, and (6) the vertical water vapor exchange between the upper troposphere and the lower stratosphere in different seasons is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3661
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalRemote sensing
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2021




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