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Water 2018, 10(3), 291; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10030291

Evaluating Consistency between the Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture and the Hydrological Model-Simulated Soil Moisture in the Qujiang Catchment of China

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State Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1022 Blindern, N-0315 Oslo, Norway
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Received: 4 January 2018 / Revised: 3 March 2018 / Accepted: 6 March 2018 / Published: 8 March 2018
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Accurate soil moisture estimation plays a crucial role in agricultural management and hydrological studies. Considering the scarcity of direct in-situ measurements, it is important to evaluate the consistency of soil moisture data acquired in indirect ways, including both satellite products and simulation values obtained via hydrological models. In this study, two types of high spatial-resolution remotely sensed values, namely the surface soil moisture (SSM) and the profile soil water index (SWI), are estimated from each of the ASCAT-A, ASCAT-B, SMAP and SMOS microwave satellites. They are compared with two groups of model-simulated daily soil moisture values, which are obtained by implementing the lumped Xinanjiang (XAJ) model and the DEM-based distributed hydrological model (DDRM) across the Qujiang catchment, located in southwest China. The results indicate that for each satellite product, SWI values always show closer agreement with model-simulated soil moisture values than SSM values, and SWI values estimated from ASCAT products perform best in terms of correlation coefficient with the model-simulated soil moisture, at around 0.8 on average, followed by the SMAP product, which shows a correlation coefficient of 0.48 on average, but the SMOS product shows poor performance. This evaluation of consistency provides useful information on their systematic differences and suggests subsequent studies to ensure their reconciliation in long-term records. View Full-Text
Keywords: soil moisture; remotely sensed products; distributed hydrological model; Qujiang catchment soil moisture; remotely sensed products; distributed hydrological model; Qujiang catchment
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Xiong, L.; Yang, H.; Zeng, L.; Xu, C.-Y. Evaluating Consistency between the Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture and the Hydrological Model-Simulated Soil Moisture in the Qujiang Catchment of China. Water 2018, 10, 291.

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