Soil moisture variability over Odra watershed: Comparison between SMOS and GLDAS data

Jarosław Zawadzki , Mateusz Kędzior


Monitoring of temporal and spatial soil moisture variability is an important issue, both from practical and scientific point of view. It is well known that passive, L-band, radiometric measurements provide best soil moisture estimates. Unfortunately as it was observed during Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission, which was specially dedicated to measure soil moisture, these measurements suffer significant data loss. It is caused mainly by radio frequency interference (RFI) which strongly contaminates Central Europe and even in particularly unfavorable conditions, might prevent these data from being used for regional or watershed scale analysis. Nevertheless, it is highly awaited by researchers to receive statistically significant information on soil moisture over the area of a big watershed. One of such watersheds, the Odra (Oder) river watershed, lies in three European countries – Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. The area of the Odra river watershed is equal to 118,861 km2 making it the second most important river in Poland as well as one of the most significant one in Central Europe. This paper examines the SMOS soil moisture data in the Odra river watershed in the period from 2010 to 2012. This attempt was made to check the possibility of assessing, from the low spatial resolution observations of SMOS, useful information that could be exploited for practical aims in watershed scale, for example, in water storage models even while moderate RFI takes place. Such studies, performed over the area of a large watershed, were recommended by researchers in order to obtain statistically significant results. To meet these expectations, Centre Aval de Traitement des Donnes SMOS (CATDS), 3-days averaged data, together with Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction/Oregon State University/Air Force/Hydrologic Research Lab (NOAH) model 0.25 soil moisture values were used for statistical analyses and mutual comparisons. The results obtained using various statistical tools unveil high scientific potential of CATDS SMOS data to study soil moisture over the Odra river watershed. This was also confirmed by reasonable agreement between results derived from CATDS SMOS Ascending and GLDAS data sets. This agreement was achieved mainly by using these data spatially averaged over the whole watershed area, and for observations performed in the period longer than three-day averaging time. Comparisons of separate three-day data in a given pixel position, or at smaller areas would be difficult because of data gaps. Hence, the results of the work suggest that despite of RFI interferences, SMOS observations can provide effective input for analysis of soil moisture at regional scales. Moreover, it was shown that CATDS SMOS soil moisture data are better correlated with rainfall rate than GLDAS ones.
Author Jarosław Zawadzki (FEE / DISEQR)
Jarosław Zawadzki,,
- Department of Informationa Science and Environment Quality Research
, Mateusz Kędzior (FEE / DISEQR)
Mateusz Kędzior,,
- Department of Informationa Science and Environment Quality Research
Journal seriesInternational Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, ISSN 0303-2434
Issue year2016
Vol45 Part B
Publication size in sheets99.25
Keywords in EnglishSoil moisture; SMOS; GLDAS; CATDS; The Odra watershed; Regional studies
ASJC Classification2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law; 1903 Computers in Earth Sciences; 1904 Earth-Surface Processes; 2306 Global and Planetary Change
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 13-08-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 40.0, 13-08-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 7; GS Citations = 16.0; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 3.93 (2) - 2016=4.359 (5)
Citation count*16 (2020-08-23)
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