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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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).