Articles | Volume 21, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1849–1862, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1849-2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1849–1862, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1849-2017

Research article 29 Mar 2017

Research article | 29 Mar 2017

Estimating annual water storage variations in medium-scale (2000–10 000 km2) basins using microwave-based soil moisture retrievals

Wade T. Crow et al.

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Short summary
Terrestrial water storage is defined as the total volume of water stored within the land surface and sub-surface and is a key variable for tracking long-term variability in the global water cycle. Currently, annual variations in terrestrial water storage can only be measured at extremely coarse spatial resolutions (> 200 000 km2) using gravity-based remote sensing. Here we provide evidence that microwave-based remote sensing of soil moisture can be applied to enhance this resolution.