Articles | Volume 22, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 6611–6626, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-6611-2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 6611–6626, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-6611-2018

Research article 21 Dec 2018

Research article | 21 Dec 2018

Developing a drought-monitoring index for the contiguous US using SMAP

Sara Sadri et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (16 Sep 2018) by Nunzio Romano
AR by Sara Sadri on behalf of the Authors (17 Sep 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (06 Oct 2018) by Nunzio Romano
RR by John Kimball (19 Oct 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (12 Nov 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (18 Nov 2018) by Nunzio Romano
AR by Sara Sadri on behalf of the Authors (20 Nov 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Dec 2018) by Nunzio Romano
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Short summary
Of particular interest to NASA's SMAP-based agricultural applications is a monitoring product that assesses near-surface soil moisture in terms of probability percentiles for dry and wet conditions. However, the short SMAP record length poses a statistical challenge for the meaningful assessment of its indices. This study presents initial insights about using SMAP Level 3 and Level 4 for monitoring drought and pluvial regions with a first application over the contiguous United States (CONUS).