Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 605–624, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-605-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 605–624, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-605-2016

Research article 03 Feb 2016

Research article | 03 Feb 2016

The effect of assimilating satellite-derived soil moisture data in SiBCASA on simulated carbon fluxes in Boreal Eurasia

M. K. van der Molen et al.

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Short summary
Boreal Eurasia contains extensive forests, which play an important role in the terrestrial carbon cycle. Droughts can modify this cycle considerably, although very few ground-based observations are available in the region. We test whether satellite-observed soil moisture may be used to improve carbon cycle models in this region. This paper explains when and where this works best. The interpretation of satellite soil moisture is best in summer conditions, and is hampered by snow, ice and ponding.