Retrieving and validating Soil Moisture from Microwave Satellite Data

Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
Mozhdeh Jamei1, Mohammad Mousavi Baygi1, Isaac Moradi2,3, Amin Alizadeh1 and Parviz Irannejad4, (1)Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, water resources, Mashhad, Iran, (2)Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States, (3)Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center - CICS-MD, University of Maryland, Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation - NOAA, College Park, MD, United States, (4)Tehran University, Tehran, Iran
Soil moisture is one of the most important variables in the hydrological cycle and is very variable in time and spatial. Due to the limited water resources in Iran and frequent droughts, simulation of soil moisture and available soil moisture maps is necessary to management and planning of water resources. The objective of this research is to retrieve and validate soil moisture from European Space Agency’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (ESA’s SMOS mission ) satellite products (Level 1C and Level 2 Soil Moisture data) , also to derive regional soil moisture maps from SMOS data over the south west of Iran. Validation of SMOS L1C and L2 Products over the area field will be done using ground based measurements, modelled brightness temperature and modelled soil moisture that gives valuable information on the errors and uncertainties in SMOS Products in this region.