Quantifying long-term land surface and root zone soil moisture over Tibetan Plateau

Ruodan Zhuang, Yijian Zeng, Salvatore Manfreda, Zohngbo Su

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It is crucial to monitor the dynamics of soil moisture over the Tibetan Plateau, while considering its important role in understanding the land-atmosphere interactions and their influences on climate systems (e.g., Eastern Asian Summer Monsoon). However, it is very challenging to have both the surface and root zone soil moisture (SSM and RZSM) over this area, especially the study of feedbacks between soil moisture and climate systems requires long-term (e.g., decadal) datasets. In this study, the SSM data from different sources (satellites, land data assimilation, and in-situ measurements) were blended while using triple collocation and least squares method with the constraint of in-situ data climatology. A depth scaling was performed based on the blended SSM product, using Cumulative Distribution Function (CDF) matching approach and simulation with Soil Moisture Analytical Relationship (SMAR) model, to estimate the RZSM. The final product is a set of long-term (~10 yr) consistent SSM and RZSM product. The inter-comparison with other existing SSM and RZSM products demonstrates the credibility of the data blending procedure used in this study and the reliability of the CDF matching method and SMAR model in deriving the RZSM.
Original languageEnglish
Article number509
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalRemote sensing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2020


  • Root zone
  • Soil moisture
  • Triple collocation
  • Tibetan plateau
  • CDF matching
  • SMAR


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