Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 75–90, 2011
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 75–90, 2011

Research article 11 Jan 2011

Research article | 11 Jan 2011

A dynamic approach for evaluating coarse scale satellite soil moisture products

A. Loew1 and F. Schlenz2 A. Loew and F. Schlenz
  • 1Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology, KlimaCampus, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2Department of Geography, University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Abstract. Validating coarse scale remote sensing soil moisture products requires a comparison of gridded data to point-like ground measurements. The necessary aggregation of in situ measurements to the footprint scale of a satellite sensor (>100 km2) introduces uncertainties in the validation of the satellite soil moisture product. Observed differences between the satellite product and in situ data are therefore partly attributable to these aggregation uncertainties. The present paper investigates different approaches to disentangle the error of the satellite product from the uncertainties associated to the up-scaling of the reference data. A novel approach is proposed, which allows for the quantification of the remote sensing soil moisture error using a temporally adaptive technique. It is shown that the point-to-area sampling error can be estimated within 0.0084 [m3/m3].