AMSR-E/AMSR2 soil moisture and vegetation optical depth product using MCCA (2002-2021)

AMSR-E/AMSR2 soil moisture and vegetation optical depth product using MCCA (2002-2021)

Soil moisture (SM) plays a vital role in regulating the water and energy exchange between land surfaces and the atmosphere and is declared an essential climate variable by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). Vegetation optical depth (VOD) is a crucial parameter describing vegetation attenuation properties in microwave radiative transfer equation, and it has been proven to be a promising ecological indicator for studying plant hydraulics, carbon stocks, and vegetation phenology.

A long-term SM and polarization-, frequency-dependent VODs (C/X/Ku) product was derived from the inter-calibrated AMSR-E/2 multi-frequency brightness temperature, using the multi-channel collaborative algorithm (MCCA). The MCCA comprehensively considers the physical relationship between multiple microwave channels and could simultaneously retrieve frequency- and polarization-dependent VODs and SM.

The new MCCA AMSR-E/2 SM dataset was validated over 25 dense soil moisture networks from the International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) watersheds. The results showed that MCCA performs best in terms of ubRMSE among the current publicly available SM datasets related to AMSR-E/2. In addition, polarization-, frequency-dependent VODs from MCCA may provide new insights for better understanding the water fluxes in plant physiology.

File naming and required software

<MCCA> represents the multi-channel collaborative algorithm, <AMSRE/2> represents the AMSR-E sensor or AMSR2 sensor, <025D> represents the spatial resolution of data, <CCXP> indicates X-band brightness temperature at P polarization (P denotes H or V) was used as the core channel in MCCA, VSM_VOD is the product of soil moisture and vegetation optical depth, <Des/Asc> represents the descending orbit or ascending orbit,<YYYYMMDD> is the date, and V0 represents the data version, which will be updated according to your valuable suggestions.
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Hu, L., Zhao, T., Ju, W., Peng, Z., Yao, P., Shi, J. (2022). AMSR-E/AMSR2 soil moisture and vegetation optical depth product using MCCA (2002-2021). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, DOI: 10.11888/Terre.tpdc.272907. CSTR: 18406.11.Terre.tpdc.272907. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

Related Literatures:

1. Zhao, T., Shi, J., Entekhabi, D., Jackson, T. J., Hu, L., Peng, Z., Yao, P., Li, S., and Kang, C. S. (2021). Retrievals of soil moisture and vegetation optical depth using a multi-channel collaborative algorithm, Remote Sensing of Environment, 257, 112321, View Details | Bibtex)

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Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition Program

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East: 180.00 West: -180.00
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  • Temporal resolution: Daily
  • Spatial resolution: 0.1º - 0.25º
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  • Temporal coverage: 2002-06-01 To 2021-12-31
  • Updated time: 2022-11-23
: HU Lu   ZHAO Tianjie   JU Weimin    PENG Zhiqing    YAO Panpan   SHI Jiancheng  

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