Articles | Volume 22, issue 3
Research article
06 Mar 2018
Research article |  | 06 Mar 2018

Controls on surface soil drying rates observed by SMAP and simulated by the Noah land surface model

Peter J. Shellito, Eric E. Small, and Ben Livneh


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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (07 Nov 2017) by Shraddhanand Shukla
AR by Peter Shellito on behalf of the Authors (17 Nov 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (28 Nov 2017) by Shraddhanand Shukla
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (29 Nov 2017)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (07 Dec 2017)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (27 Dec 2017) by Shraddhanand Shukla
AR by Peter Shellito on behalf of the Authors (05 Jan 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (26 Jan 2018) by Shraddhanand Shukla
Short summary
After soil gets wet, much of the surface moisture evaporates directly back into the air. Recent satellite data show that this process is enhanced when there is more water in the soil, less humidity in the air, and less vegetation covering the ground. A widely used model shows similar effects of soil water and humidity, but it largely misses the role of vegetation and assigns outsized importance to soil type. These results are encouraging evidence that the satellite can be used to improve models.