Articles | Volume 15, issue 7
Research article
19 Jul 2011
Research article |  | 19 Jul 2011

Extension of the Hapke bidirectional reflectance model to retrieve soil water content

G.-J. Yang, C.-J. Zhao, W.-J. Huang, and J.-H. Wang

Abstract. Soil moisture links the hydrologic cycle and the energy budget of land surfaces by regulating latent heat fluxes. An accurate assessment of the spatial and temporal variation of soil moisture is important to the study of surface biogeophysical processes. Although remote sensing has proven to be one of the most powerful tools for obtaining land surface parameters, no effective methodology yet exists for in situ soil moisture measurement based on a Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) model, such as the Hapke model. To retrieve and analyze soil moisture, this study applied the soil water parametric (SWAP)-Hapke model, which introduced the equivalent water thickness of soil, to ground multi-angular and hyperspectral observations coupled with, Powell-Ant Colony Algorithm methods. The inverted soil moisture data resulting from our method coincided with in situ measurements (R2 = 0.867, RMSE = 0.813) based on three selected bands (672 nm, 866 nm, 2209 nm). It proved that the extended Hapke model can be used to estimate soil moisture with high accuracy based on the field multi-angle and multispectral remote sensing data.