Articles | Volume 25, issue 1
Research article
04 Jan 2021
Research article |  | 04 Jan 2021

Evaluation of 18 satellite- and model-based soil moisture products using in situ measurements from 826 sensors

Hylke E. Beck, Ming Pan, Diego G. Miralles, Rolf H. Reichle, Wouter A. Dorigo, Sebastian Hahn, Justin Sheffield, Lanka Karthikeyan, Gianpaolo Balsamo, Robert M. Parinussa, Albert I. J. M. van Dijk, Jinyang Du, John S. Kimball, Noemi Vergopolan, and Eric F. Wood

Data sets

GLDAS Noah Land Surface Model L4 3 hourly 0.25 x 0.25 degree V2.1 H. Beaudoing and M. Rodell

GPM IMERG Late Precipitation L3 Half Hourly 0.1 degree x 0.1 degree V06 G. J. Huffman, E. F. Stocker, D. T. Bolvin, E. J. Nelkin, and J. Tan

Short summary
We evaluated the largest and most diverse set of surface soil moisture products ever evaluated in a single study. We found pronounced differences in performance among individual products and product groups. Our results provide guidance to choose the most suitable product for a particular application.