Special Issue "Monitoring and Predicting Soil Moisture and Drought Conditions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (12 January 2019).
Dr. Lionel Jarlan
French Research Institute for Development / Spatial study centre of the biosphere (CESBIO), 18 avenue Edouard Belin, BPI 2801, Toulouse Cedex 4, France
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Interests: multi-spectral remote sensing; soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer; water resources and use; semi-arid areas
Droughts come in various forms and can be defined as an ecosystem response or socio-economic impacts. While various definitions do exist, measuring and quantifying droughts through observable means is still difficult, as droughts across different ecosystems take different pathways to manifest themselves, and the same quantity of water deficit may not result in drought conditions in two different locations. A further complication is the abundant range of drought indices, that range from simple precipitation deficits to more complex systems of equations, incorporating temperature, evapotranspiration and other variables.
One of the simplest ways to quantify hydrological droughts is through the quantification of the soil moisture deficit using observations, models or a combination of both (e.g., data assimilation). Soil moisture memory in the soil has been shown to have a significant effect on the development of heatwaves and droughts, however, its estimates come with uncertainties.
In this Special Issue, contributions are invited to address either the quality and error assessment of soil moisture information from modelling or remote sensing techniques, or its application in the assessment of drought conditions. Papers presenting novel ways to merge often conflicting drought indices are equally welcome, as are field validation studies of novel indices.Dr. Christoph Rüdiger
Dr. Lionel Jarlan
Dr. Clément Albergel
Dr. Ming Pan
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- land surface hydrology
- remote sensing
- climate impact