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Long-Term Spatiotemporal Variations in Soil Moisture in North East China Based on 1-km Resolution Downscaled Passive Microwave Soil Moisture Products

by Xiangjin Meng 1,†, Kebiao Mao 2,3,4,*,†, Fei Meng 1, Xinyi Shen 5, Tongren Xu 4 and Mengmeng Cao 3
School of Surveying and Geo-Informatics, Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan 250100, China
School of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth Research, Chinese Academy of Science and Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100101, China
Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Sensors 2019, 19(16), 3527;
Received: 4 June 2019 / Revised: 7 August 2019 / Accepted: 10 August 2019 / Published: 12 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Quantitative Remote Sensing: Past, Present and Future)
It is very important to analyze and monitor agricultural drought to obtain high temporal-spatial resolution soil moisture products. To overcome the deficiencies of passive microwave soil moisture products with low resolution, we construct a spatial fusion downscaling model (SFDM) using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data. To eliminate the inconsistencies in soil depth and time among different microwave soil moisture products (Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer on the Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) and its successor (AMSR2) and the Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS)), a time series reconstruction of the difference decomposition (TSRDD) method is developed to create long-term multisensor soil moisture datasets. Overall, the downscaled soil moisture (SM) products were consistent with the in situ measurements (R > 0.78) and exhibited a low root mean square error (RMSE < 0.10 m3/m3), which indicates good accuracy throughout the time series. The downscaled SM data at a 1-km spatial resolution were used to analyze the spatiotemporal patterns and monitor abnormal conditions in the soil water content across North East China (NEC) between 2002 and 2018. The results showed that droughts frequently appeared in western North East China and southwest of the Greater Khingan Range, while drought centers appeared in central North East China. Waterlogging commonly appeared in low-terrain areas, such as the Songnen Plain. Seasonal precipitation and temperature exhibited distinct interdecadal characteristics that were closely related to the occurrence of extreme climatic events. Abnormal SM levels were often accompanied by large meteorological and natural disasters (e.g., the droughts of 2008, 2015, and 2018 and the flooding events of 2003 and 2013). The spatial distribution of drought in this region during the growing season shows that the drought-affected area is larger in the west than in the east and that the semiarid boundary extends eastward and southward. View Full-Text
Keywords: soil moisture; passive microwave; downscaled; anomaly analysis soil moisture; passive microwave; downscaled; anomaly analysis
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Meng, X.; Mao, K.; Meng, F.; Shen, X.; Xu, T.; Cao, M. Long-Term Spatiotemporal Variations in Soil Moisture in North East China Based on 1-km Resolution Downscaled Passive Microwave Soil Moisture Products. Sensors 2019, 19, 3527.

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