Articles | Volume 21, issue 3
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, Eunjin Han, Dongryeol Ryu, Christopher R. Hain, and Martha C. Anderson

Related authors

The benefit of brightness temperature assimilation for the SMAP Level-4 surface and root-zone soil moisture analysis
Jianxiu Qiu, Jianzhi Dong, Wade T. Crow, Xiaohu Zhang, Rolf H. Reichle, and Gabrielle J. M. De Lannoy
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 1569–1586,,, 2021
Short summary
Dual state/rainfall correction via soil moisture assimilation for improved streamflow simulation: evaluation of a large-scale implementation with Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite data
Yixin Mao, Wade T. Crow, and Bart Nijssen
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 615–631,,, 2020
Short summary
Model representation of the coupling between evapotranspiration and soil water content at different depths
Jianxiu Qiu, Wade T. Crow, Jianzhi Dong, and Grey S. Nearing
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 581–594,,, 2020
Short summary
Microwave implementation of two-source energy balance approach for estimating evapotranspiration
Thomas R. H. Holmes, Christopher R. Hain, Wade T. Crow, Martha C. Anderson, and William P. Kustas
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1351–1369,,, 2018
Short summary
Multi-decadal analysis of root-zone soil moisture applying the exponential filter across CONUS
Kenneth J. Tobin, Roberto Torres, Wade T. Crow, and Marvin E. Bennett
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 4403–4417,,, 2017
Short summary

Related subject area

Subject: Global hydrology | Techniques and Approaches: Instruments and observation techniques
Evaporation enhancement drives the European water-budget deficit during multi-year droughts
Christian Massari, Francesco Avanzi, Giulia Bruno, Simone Gabellani, Daniele Penna, and Stefania Camici
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1527–1543,,, 2022
Short summary
Combining passive and active distributed temperature sensing measurements to locate and quantify groundwater discharge variability into a headwater stream
Nataline Simon, Olivier Bour, Mikaël Faucheux, Nicolas Lavenant, Hugo Le Lay, Ophélie Fovet, Zahra Thomas, and Laurent Longuevergne
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1459–1479,,, 2022
Short summary
Technical note: Evaluation and bias correction of an observation-based global runoff dataset using streamflow observations from small tropical catchments in the Philippines
Daniel E. Ibarra, Carlos Primo C. David, and Pamela Louise M. Tolentino
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 2805–2820,,, 2021
Short summary
Hydrology and water resources management in ancient India
Pushpendra Kumar Singh, Pankaj Dey, Sharad Kumar Jain, and Pradeep P. Mujumdar
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4691–4707,,, 2020
Short summary
Terrestrial water loss at night: global relevance from observations and climate models
Ryan S. Padrón, Lukas Gudmundsson, Dominik Michel, and Sonia I. Seneviratne
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 793–807,,, 2020
Short summary

Cited articles

Abelen, S. and Seitz, F.: Relating satellite gravimetry data to global soil moisture products via data harmonization and correlation analysis, Rem. Sens. Environ., 136, 89–98, 2013.
Abelen, S., Seitz, F., Abarca-del-Rio, R., and Güntner, A.: Droughts and floods in the La Plata Basin in soil moisture data and GRACE, Remote Sens., 7, 7324–7349,, 2015.
Anderson, M. C., Norman, J. M., Mecikalski, J. R., Torn, R. D., Kustas, W. P., and Basara, J. B.: A multi-scale remote sensing model for disaggregating regional fluxes to micrometeorological scales, J. Hydrometeor., 5, 343–363, 2004.
Anderson, M. C., Norman, J. M., Mecikalski, J. R., Otkin, J. A., and Kustas, W. P.: A climatological study of evapotranspiration and moisture stress across the continental U.S. based on thermal remote sensing: I. Model formulation, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D10117,, 2007a.
Anderson, M. C., Norman, J. M., Mecikalski, J. R., Otkin, J. A., and Kustas, W. P.: A climatological study of evapotranspiration and moisture stress across the continental U.S. based on thermal remote sensing: II. Surface moisture climatology, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D11112,, 2007b.
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.