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Special Issue "Satellite Remote Sensing for Water Resources in a Changing Climate"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. George P. Petropoulos

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Aberystwyth, Old College, King Street Llandinam Building, Room H4 Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3DB, UK
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Interests: Earth Observation; GIS; multi- and hyper- spectral remote sensing; land use/cover mapping; change detection; natural hazards; fires; floods; land surface interactions; evapotranspiration; soil moisture; land surface temperature; land biosphere modelling; Soil Vegetation Atmosphere Transfer (SVAT) models; EO algorithms benchmarking; sensitivity analysis
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Dr. Simonetta Paloscia

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Institute of Applied Physics, Rome, Italy
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Interests: microwave remote sensing; soil moisture; vegetation biomass; snow water equivalent; SAR; microwave radiometry
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Dr. Prashant K. Srivastava

Hydrological Sciences, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA and IESD, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
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Interests: microwave active and passive; optical/IR; hydrology; soil moisture; sensitivity and uncertainty analysis; artificial intelligence; geospatial technology; classification methods; simulation and modelling
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Prof. Guangsheng Zhou

State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change (LVEC), The Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.20 Nanxincun, Xiangshan, No.46, Zhongguancun South Street, Beijing 100093, China
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Interests: plant and crop ecology; crop drought and irrigation; vegetation water stress; net primary productivity; plant biodiversity; multi-temporal remote sensing; multi-spectral; hyper-spectral

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Water is one of the most important substances on Earth. It is a key variable in Earth’s hydrological cycle for water and energy exchanges that occur at the land–surface/atmosphere interface, and is responsible for the evolution of weather and climate over continental regions. Information on our planet’s water resources is indispensable to a number of practical applications related to both society and ecosystems. Globally, the monitoring of the Earth’s water resources has developed into a very important and urgent research direction, especially in the face of climate change.

However, the amount of water available throughout the world is already limited, and demand will continue to rise as population grows. In this context, there is a growing need to monitor and obtain a better understanding of its use, which will provide information that can assist towards the development of effective water management strategies and infrastructures. This can be of crucial importance, particularly to regions on which the amount of water available is limited.

Water resource modeling and management includes the activity of planning, developing, distributing and managing the optimum use of water resources in a simplistic manner. As compared to other natural resources, modeling and management of water is complicated in practice. The use of satellites for the management of water can play an important role in the future of water resources. The launch of Earth Observation (EO) sensors from advanced satellites, such as SMOS, Landsat 8, Sentinel-2/3, GCOM-W1, SMAP, GPM, TRMM, etc. has the potential to reshape the water world. These instruments provide necessary data that can make up for the lack of on-the-ground monitoring of water resources around the world.

Therefore, the main aim of this Special Issue is to foster advances in EO technology for water resources management with the scope of flood, drought, irrigation, soil moisture retrieval, algorithms development, operational products benchmarking, precipitation, modelling and applications. In particular, submission of article exploring the use of New Earth Observation missions providing data at all the different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum are highly encouraged. Both applied EO technology to water resources management implementation and models’ or algorithms’ related scientific investigations are encouraged.

Consequently, topics of interest to the Special Issue may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Keywords:

  • Multi-spectral imagery

  • Hyper-spectral imagery

  • Thermal infrared imagery

  • SAR processing

  • Time series analysis

  • Soil moisture mapping

  • Vegetation Water stress

  • Crop Drought and irrigation

  • Water Use Efficiency

  • Yield mapping

  • Decision support systems

  • Meteorological disaster risk management

  • Early warning systems for agrometerological hazards.

  • Agro-informatics and agricultural water management

  • Groundwater level monitoring

  • Geo-informatic

  • Natural disasters management, e.g., floods and droughts

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Dr. George P. Petropoulos
Dr. Guangsheng Zhou
Dr. Prashant Srivastava
Dr. Simonetta Paloscia
Guest Editors

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Open AccessArticle Discrimination of Algal-Bloom Using Spaceborne SAR Observations of Great Lakes in China
Remote Sens. 2018, 10(5), 767; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10050767
Received: 4 April 2018 / Revised: 5 May 2018 / Accepted: 13 May 2018 / Published: 16 May 2018
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Although optical remote sensing can intuitively detect algal bloom, it is limited by the weather conditions. Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is not affected by inadequate weather conditions. According to visual interpretation of SAR images and comparisons of quasi-synchronized optical images, the gathering areas
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Although optical remote sensing can intuitively detect algal bloom, it is limited by the weather conditions. Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is not affected by inadequate weather conditions. According to visual interpretation of SAR images and comparisons of quasi-synchronized optical images, the gathering areas of algal bloom present as “dark regions” on SAR images. It is shown that using SAR to monitor the water surface is workable. However, dark regions may also be caused by other factors, such as low wind speeds. This challenges with SAR monitoring of algal bloom on the water surface. In this study, an improved K-means algorithm, combined with multi-Otsu thresholding algorithm, was proposed to segment the dark regions. After feature analysis and extraction of Sentinel-1A images, an algal bloom recognition model with a support vector machine (SVM) was applied to discriminate the algal bloom dark regions from the low wind dark regions. According the experimental results, the overall accuracy achieved 74.00% in Taihu Lake. Additionally, this method was also validated in Chaohu Lake and Danjiangkou Reservoir. Therefore, it can be concluded that SAR can provide a new technical means for monitoring algal bloom of inland lakes, particularly when it is cloudy and unsuitable for optical remote sensing. To obtain more information about algal bloom, multi-band and multi-polarization SAR images can be considered for future. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Improving the Regional Applicability of Satellite Precipitation Products by Ensemble Algorithm
Remote Sens. 2018, 10(4), 577; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10040577
Received: 11 January 2018 / Revised: 21 March 2018 / Accepted: 3 April 2018 / Published: 9 April 2018
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Satellite-based precipitation products (e.g., Integrated Multi-Satellite Retrievals for Global Precipitation Measurement (IMERG) and its predecessor, Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)) are a critical source of precipitation estimation, particularly for a region with less, or no, hydrometric networking. However, the inconsistency in the performance
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Satellite-based precipitation products (e.g., Integrated Multi-Satellite Retrievals for Global Precipitation Measurement (IMERG) and its predecessor, Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)) are a critical source of precipitation estimation, particularly for a region with less, or no, hydrometric networking. However, the inconsistency in the performance of these products has been observed in different climatic and topographic diverse regions, timescales, and precipitation intensities and there is still room for improvement. Hence, using a projected ensemble algorithm, the regional precipitation estimate (RP) is introduced here. The RP concept is mainly based on the regional performance weights derived from the Mean Square Error (MSE) and the precipitation estimate from the TRMM product, that is, TRMM 3B42 (TR), real-time (late) (IT) and the research (post-real-time) (IR) products of IMERG. The overall results of the selected contingency table (e.g., Probability of detection (POD)) and statistical indices (e.g., Correlation Coefficient (CC)) signposted that the proposed RP product has shown an overall better potential to capture the gauge observations compared with the TR, IR, and IT in five different climatic regions of Pakistan from January 2015 to December 2016, at a diurnal time scale. The current study could be the first research providing preliminary feedback from Pakistan for global precipitation measurement researchers by highlighting the need for refinement in the IMERG. Full article
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Open AccessEditor’s ChoiceArticle Assessment of Water Management Changes in the Italian Rice Paddies from 2000 to 2016 Using Satellite Data: A Contribution to Agro-Ecological Studies
Remote Sens. 2018, 10(3), 416; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10030416
Received: 16 January 2018 / Revised: 16 February 2018 / Accepted: 6 March 2018 / Published: 8 March 2018
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The intensive rice cultivation area in northwestern Italy hosts the largest surface of rice paddies in Europe, and it is valued as a substantial habitat for aquatic biodiversity, with the paddies acting as a surrogate for the lost natural wetlands. The extent of
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The intensive rice cultivation area in northwestern Italy hosts the largest surface of rice paddies in Europe, and it is valued as a substantial habitat for aquatic biodiversity, with the paddies acting as a surrogate for the lost natural wetlands. The extent of submerged paddies strictly depends on crop management practices: in this framework, the recent diffusion of rice seeding in dry conditions has led to a reduction of flooded surfaces during spring and could have contributed to the observed decline of the populations of some waterbird species that exploit rice fields as foraging habitat. In order to test the existence and magnitude of a decreasing trend in the extent of submerged rice paddies during the rice-sowing period, MODIS remotely-sensed data were used to estimate the extent of the average flooded surface and the proportion of flooded rice fields in the years 2000–2016 during the nesting period of waterbirds. A general reduction of flooded rice fields during the rice-sowing season was observed, averaging 0.86 ± 0.20 % per year (p-value < 0.01). Overall, the loss in submerged surface area during the sowing season reached 44 % of the original extent in 2016, with a peak of 78 % in the sub-districts to the east of the Ticino River. Results highlight the usefulness of remote sensing data and techniques to map and monitor water dynamics within rice cropping systems. These techniques could be of key importance to analyze the effects at the regional scale of the recent increase of dry-seeded rice cultivations on watershed recharge and water runoff and to interpret the decline of breeding waterbirds via a loss of foraging habitat. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Response of Grassland Degradation to Drought at Different Time-Scales in Qinghai Province: Spatio-Temporal Characteristics, Correlation, and Implications
Remote Sens. 2017, 9(12), 1329; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs9121329
Received: 28 October 2017 / Revised: 4 December 2017 / Accepted: 17 December 2017 / Published: 19 December 2017
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Grassland, as the primary vegetation on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, has been increasingly influenced by water availability due to climate change in last decades. Therefore, identifying the evolution of drought becomes crucial to the efficient management of grassland. However, it is not yet well
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Grassland, as the primary vegetation on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, has been increasingly influenced by water availability due to climate change in last decades. Therefore, identifying the evolution of drought becomes crucial to the efficient management of grassland. However, it is not yet well understood as to the quantitative relationship between vegetation variations and drought at different time scales. Taking Qinghai Province as a case, the effects of meteorological drought on vegetation were investigated. Multi-scale Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index (SPEI) considering evapotranspiration variables was used to indicate drought, and time series Normal Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) to indicate the vegetation response. The results showed that SPEI values at different time scales reflected a complex dry and wet variation in this region. On a seasonal scale, more droughts occurred in summer and autumn. In general, the NDVI presented a rising trend in the east and southwest part and a decreasing trend in the northwest part of Qinghai Province from 1998 to 2012. Hurst indexes of NDVI revealed that 69.2% of the total vegetation was positively persistent (64.1% of persistent improvement and 5.1% of persistent degradation). Significant correlations were found for most of the SPEI values and the one year lagged NDVI, indicating vegetation made a time-lag response to drought. In addition, one month lagged NDVI made an obvious response to SPEI values at annual and biennial scales. Further analysis showed that all multiscale SPEI values have positive relationships with the NDVI trend and corresponding grassland degradation. The study highlighted the response of vegetation to meteorological drought at different time scales, which is available to predict vegetation change and further help to improve the utilization efficiency of water resources in the study region. Full article
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Open AccessEditor’s ChoiceArticle Co-Orbital Sentinel 1 and 2 for LULC Mapping with Emphasis on Wetlands in a Mediterranean Setting Based on Machine Learning
Remote Sens. 2017, 9(12), 1259; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs9121259
Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 27 November 2017 / Accepted: 28 November 2017 / Published: 4 December 2017
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This study aimed at evaluating the synergistic use of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data combined with the Support Vector Machines (SVMs) machine learning classifier for mapping land use and land cover (LULC) with emphasis on wetlands. In this context, the added value of spectral
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This study aimed at evaluating the synergistic use of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data combined with the Support Vector Machines (SVMs) machine learning classifier for mapping land use and land cover (LULC) with emphasis on wetlands. In this context, the added value of spectral information derived from the Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Minimum Noise Fraction (MNF) and Grey Level Co-occurrence Matrix (GLCM) to the classification accuracy was also evaluated. As a case study, the National Park of Koronia and Volvi Lakes (NPKV) located in Greece was selected. LULC accuracy assessment was based on the computation of the classification error statistics and kappa coefficient. Findings of our study exemplified the appropriateness of the spatial and spectral resolution of Sentinel data in obtaining a rapid and cost-effective LULC cartography, and for wetlands in particular. The most accurate classification results were obtained when the additional spectral information was included to assist the classification implementation, increasing overall accuracy from 90.83% to 93.85% and kappa from 0.894 to 0.928. A post-classification correction (PCC) using knowledge-based logic rules further improved the overall accuracy to 94.82% and kappa to 0.936. This study provides further supporting evidence on the suitability of the Sentinels 1 and 2 data for improving our ability to map a complex area containing wetland and non-wetland LULC classes. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Spatial-Temporal Simulation of LAI on Basis of Rainfall and Growing Degree Days
Remote Sens. 2017, 9(12), 1207; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs9121207
Received: 11 October 2017 / Revised: 1 November 2017 / Accepted: 20 November 2017 / Published: 23 November 2017
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The dimensionless Leaf Area Index (LAI) is widely used to characterize vegetation cover. With recent remote sensing developments LAI is available for large areas, although not continuous. However, in practice, continuous spatial-temporal LAI datasets are required for many environmental models. We investigate the
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The dimensionless Leaf Area Index (LAI) is widely used to characterize vegetation cover. With recent remote sensing developments LAI is available for large areas, although not continuous. However, in practice, continuous spatial-temporal LAI datasets are required for many environmental models. We investigate the relationship between LAI and climatic variable rainfall and Growing Degree Days (GDD) on the basis of data of a cold semi-arid region in Southwest Iran. For this purpose, monthly rainfall and temperature data were collected from ground stations between 2003 and 2015; LAI data were obtained from MODIS for the same period. The best relationship for predicting the monthly LAI values was selected from a set of single- and two-variable candidate models by considering their statistical goodness of fit (correlation coefficients, Nash-Sutcliffe coefficients, Root Mean Square Error and mean absolute error). Although various forms of linear and nonlinear relationships were tested, none showed a statistically meaningful relationship between LAI and rainfall for the study area. However, a two-variable nonlinear function was selected based on an iterative procedure linking rainfall and GDD to the expected LAI. By taking advantage of map algebra tools, this relationship can be used to predict missing LAI data for time series simulations. It is also concluded that the relationship between MODIS LAI and modeled LAI on basis of climatic variables shows a higher correlation for the wet season than for dry season. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Temporal and Spatial Comparison of Agricultural Drought Indices from Moderate Resolution Satellite Soil Moisture Data over Northwest Spain
Remote Sens. 2017, 9(11), 1168; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs9111168
Received: 25 September 2017 / Revised: 23 October 2017 / Accepted: 9 November 2017 / Published: 14 November 2017
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During the last decade, a variety of agricultural drought indices have been developed using soil moisture (SM), or any of its surrogates, as the primary drought indicator. In this study, a comprehensive study of four innovative SM-based indices, the Soil Water Deficit Index
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During the last decade, a variety of agricultural drought indices have been developed using soil moisture (SM), or any of its surrogates, as the primary drought indicator. In this study, a comprehensive study of four innovative SM-based indices, the Soil Water Deficit Index (SWDI), the Soil Moisture Agricultural Drought Index (SMADI), the Soil Moisture Deficit Index (SMDI) and the Soil Wetness Deficit Index (SWetDI), is conducted over a large semi-arid crop region in northwest Spain. The indices were computed on a weekly basis from June 2010 to December 2016 using 1-km satellite SM estimations from Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) and/or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data. The temporal dynamics of the indices were compared to two well-known agricultural drought indices, the atmospheric water deficit (AWD) and the crop moisture index (CMI), to analyze the levels of similarity, correlation, seasonality and number of weeks with drought. In addition, the spatial distribution and intensities of the indices were assessed under dry and wet SM conditions at the beginning of the growing season. The results showed that the SWDI and SMADI were the appropriate indices for developing an efficient drought monitoring system, with higher significant correlation coefficients (R ≈ 0.5–0.8) when comparing with the AWD and CMI, whereas lower values (R ≤ 0.3) were obtained for the SMDI and SWetDI. Full article
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Open AccessArticle A Study of Spatial Soil Moisture Estimation Using a Multiple Linear Regression Model and MODIS Land Surface Temperature Data Corrected by Conditional Merging
Remote Sens. 2017, 9(8), 870; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs9080870
Received: 25 July 2017 / Revised: 11 August 2017 / Accepted: 19 August 2017 / Published: 22 August 2017
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This study attempts to estimate spatial soil moisture in South Korea (99,000 km2) from January 2013 to December 2015 using a multiple linear regression (MLR) model and the Terra moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) land surface temperature (LST) and normalized distribution vegetation
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This study attempts to estimate spatial soil moisture in South Korea (99,000 km2) from January 2013 to December 2015 using a multiple linear regression (MLR) model and the Terra moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) land surface temperature (LST) and normalized distribution vegetation index (NDVI) data. The MODIS NDVI was used to reflect vegetation variations. Observed precipitation was measured using the automatic weather stations (AWSs) of the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), and soil moisture data were recorded at 58 stations operated by various institutions. Prior to MLR analysis, satellite LST data were corrected by applying the conditional merging (CM) technique and observed LST data from 71 KMA stations. The coefficient of determination (R2) of the original LST and observed LST was 0.71, and the R2 of corrected LST and observed LST was 0.95 for 3 selected LST stations. The R2 values of all corrected LSTs were greater than 0.83 for total 71 LST stations. The regression coefficients of the MLR model were estimated seasonally considering the five-day antecedent precipitation. The p-values of all the regression coefficients were less than 0.05, and the R2 values were between 0.28 and 0.67. The reason for R2 values less than 0.5 is that the soil classification at each observation site was not completely accurate. Additionally, the observations at most of the soil moisture monitoring stations used in this study started in December 2014, and the soil moisture measurements did not stabilize. Notably, R2 and root mean square error (RMSE) in winter were poor, as reflected by the many missing values, and uncertainty existed in observations due to freezing and mechanical errors in the soil. Thus, the prediction accuracy is low in winter due to the difficulty of establishing an appropriate regression model. Specifically, the estimated map of the soil moisture index (SMI) can be used to better understand the severity of droughts with the variability of soil moisture. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Evolvement of the Standardized Drought Vulnerability Index towards Spatiotemporal Drought Vulnerability Propagation Combining Satellite and in Situ Data
Authors: Panagiotis D. Oikonomou a*, Demetrios E. Tsesmelis b, Reagan M. Waskom a, Konstantinos G. Arvanitis b & Christos A. Karavitis b
Affiliations: a Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University, Campus Delivery 1033, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1033, USA
b Department of Natural Resources Development & Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens, 11855 Athens, Greece
* Corresponding author’s email: panagiotis.oikonomou@colostate.edu
Abstract: Drought is a complex natural hazard with its adverse multifaceted impacts cascading in every physical and human system. The vulnerability magnitude of various areas to drought mostly depends on their exposure to water deficiency and to the existing water management policy framework. Further on, a system’s vulnerability to drought is strongly influenced by a plethora of factors with the precipitation patterns, the supply and demand trends, and the socioeconomic background to be among the most important ones. The Standardized Drought Vulnerability Index (SDVI) is an integrated attempt towards characterizing drought vulnerability based on a comparative classification system. The present work attempts to evolve the SDVI on the next level incorporating a more rigorous method of index estimation by proposing a methodology surpassing previous limitations in temporal and spatial propagation of the vulnerability concept and remote sensing techniques in an effort to further minimize the paucity of drought related data. The new framework in applied in the South Platte Basin. Colorado, USA and the studied event is the 2012 drought (July-September). The evolved transformation of the index may convey drought information better to decision makers and in a more holistic manner, offering a more complete understanding of the contribution of each index component and at the same time avoiding existing practices of broken linkages and fragmentation of reported impacts through the use of satellite remote sensing. Then, it is believed that SDVI could serve as an additional tool to guide decisions and target mitigation and adaptation actions thus allowing for an integrated management approach.
Keywords: Drought; Drought Vulnerability; Satellite Remote Sensing; Drought impacts; Drought management; Standardized Drought Vulnerability Index; South Platte; Water resources

Type of Paper Article
Tentative Title:
Soil water content retrieval based on Sentinel-1 and Landsat 8 data using a modified water-cloud model
Authors: Yansong Bao, Libin Lin, Shanyu Wu, Deng Khidir Abdalla Kwal, George P. Petropoulos
Affiliations: 1. Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters, Key Laboratory for Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation of China Meteorological Administration, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Nanjing 210044, China;2. School of Atmospheric physics, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044, China; 3. Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom.
Abstract: Soil water content is an important parameter of land surface model, which plays a crucial role in the exchange of substances and energy between land and atmosphere. In addition, soil water is also a key variable for vegetation growth. This study aims to soil moisture retrieval from Sentinel-1 SAR and Landsat Oli data. In order to remove vegetation water content effects, the Landsat Oli spectral index was applied to establish the inversion model of vegetation water content. The model was combined with the original water-cloud model, and a modified water-cloud model with spectral index was build. And then, the soil moisture retrieval model was developed based on the modified water-cloud model. Finally, the validation of the soil moisture retrieval model was conducted in British and Spanish. The results show that: (1) a nonlinear model with Normalized Difference Water Index (NDWI) based on the Landsat 5th and 7 th band reflectance is more suitable to estimate the vegetation water content; (2) compared with the Sentinel-1 VH polarization data, the backscattering coefficient of VV polarization is more suitable for soil moisture retrieval; (3) the inversion model can acquire desired accuracy for soil moisture estimation with R2 = 0.8865 and RMSE = 4.88%.

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