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Remote Sensing of the Terrestrial Water Cycle

Venkataraman Lakshmi

ISBN: 978-1-118-87203-1 December 2014 American Geophysical Union 576 Pages


Remote Sensing of the Terrestrial Water Cycle is an outcome of the AGU Chapman Conference held in February 2012. This is a comprehensive volume that examines the use of available remote sensing satellite data as well as data from future missions that can be used to expand our knowledge in quantifying the spatial and temporal variations in the terrestrial water cycle. 

Volume highlights include:
- An in-depth discussion of the global water cycle
- Approaches to various problems in climate, weather, hydrology, and agriculture
- Applications of satellite remote sensing in measuring precipitation, surface water, snow, soil moisture, groundwater, modeling, and data assimilation
- A description of the use of satellite data for accurately estimating and monitoring the components of the hydrological cycle
- Discussion of the measurement of multiple geophysical variables and properties over different landscapes on a temporal and a regional scale

Remote Sensing of the Terrestrial Water Cycle is a valuable resource for students and research professionals in the hydrology, ecology, atmospheric sciences, geography, and geological sciences communities.

Contributors ix

Venkat Lakshmi, Douglas Alsdorf, Martha Anderson, Sylvain Biancamaria, Michael H. Cosh, Jared Entin, George J. Huffman, William Kustas, Peter van Oevelen, Thomas H. Painter, Juraj Parajka, Matthew Rodell, and Christoph Rüdiger

Section I: Precipitation 1

1. Rain/No-Rain Classification Using Passive Microwave Radiometers 3
J. Indu and D. Nagesh Kumar

2. Improvement of TMI Rain Retrieval Over the Indian Subcontinent 27
Shoichi Shige, Munehisa K. Yamamoto, and Aina Taniguchi

3. Integrating Information from Satellite Observations and Numerical Models for Improved Global Precipitation Analyses: Exploring for an Optimal Strategy 43
Pingping Xie and Robert J. Joyce

4. Research Framework to Bridge from the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Core
Satellite to the Constellation Sensors Using Ground-Radar-Based National Mosaic QPE 61
Pierre-Emmanuel Kirstetter, Yang Hong, Jonathan J. Gourley, Qing Cao, M. Schwaller, and W. Petersen

Section II: Evapotranspiration 81

5. Estimating Regional Evapotranspiration Using a Three-Temperature Model and MODIS Products 83
Yu Jiu Xiong, Guo Yu Qiu, Shao Hua Zhao, and Fei Tian

6. Water Use and Stream-Aquifer-Phreatophyte Interaction Along a Tamarisk-Dominated Segment of the Lower Colorado River 95
Saleh Taghvaeian, Christopher M.U. Neale, John Osterberg, Subramania I. Sritharan, and Doyle R. Watts

Section III: Surface Water 115

7. Controls of Terrestrial Water Storage Changes Over the Central Congo Basin Determined by Integrating Palsar Scansar, Envisat Altimetry, and Grace Data 117
Hyongki Lee, Hahn Chul Jung, Ting Yuan, R. Edward Beighley, and Jianbin Duan

8. Spatial Patterns of River Width in the Yukon River Basin 131
Tamlin M. Pavelsky, George H. Allen, and Zachary F. Miller

9. Near-Nadir Ka-band Field Observations of Freshwater Bodies 143
Delwyn Moller and Daniel Esteban-Fernandez

Section IV: Snow 157

10. Snow Cover Depletion Curves and Snow Water Equivalent Reconstruction: Six Decades of Hydrologic Remote Sensing Applications 159
Noah P. Molotch, Michael T. Durand, Bin Guan, Steven A. Margulis, and Robert E. Davis

11. Retrieval and Validation of VIIRS Snow Cover Information for Terrestrial Water Cycle Applications 175
Igor Appel

12. Seeing the Snow Through the Trees: Toward a Validated Canopy Adjustment for Satellite Snow-Covered Area 199
Lexi P. Coons, Anne W. Nolin, Kelly E. Gleason, Eugene J. Mar, Karl Rittger, Travis R. Roth, and Thomas H. Painter

13. Passive Microwave Remote Sensing of Snowmelt and Melt-Refreeze Using Diurnal Amplitude Variations 215
Kathryn Alese Semmens, Joan Ramage, Jeremy D. Apgar, Katrina E. Bennett, Glen E. Liston, and Elias Deeb

14. Changes in Snowpacks of Canadian Prairies for 1979–2004 Detected from Snow Water
Equivalent Data of SMMR and SSM/I Passive Microwave and Related Climatic Factors 227
Thian Yew Gan, Roger G. Barry, and Adam K. Gobena

Section V: Soil Moisture 245

15. Some Issues in Validating Satellite-Based Soil Moisture Retrievals from SMAP with in Situ Observations 247
Thomas J. Jackson, Michael Cosh, and Wade Crow

16. Soil Moisture Retrieval from Microwave (RADARSAT-2) and Optical Remote Sensing (MODIS) Data Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques 255
Nasreen Jahan and Thian Yew Gan

17. AMSR-E Soil Moisture Disaggregation Using MODIS and NLDAS Data 277
Bin Fang and Venkat Lakshmi

18. Assessing Near-Surface Soil Moisture Assimilation Impacts on Modeled Root-Zone Moisture for an Australian Agricultural Landscape 305
R. C. Pipunic, D. Ryu, and J. P. Walker

19. Assimilation of Satellite Soil Moisture Retrievals into Hydrologic Model for Improving River Discharge 319
Feyera A. Hirpa, Mekonnen Gebremichael, Thomas M. Hopson, Rafal Wojick, and Haksu Lee

20. NASA Giovanni: A Tool for Visualizing, Analyzing, and Intercomparing Soil Moisture Data 331
William Teng, Hualan Rui, Bruce Vollmer, Richard de Jeu, Fan Fang, Guang-Dih Lei, and Robert Parinussa

Section VI: Groundwater 347

21. Monitoring Aquifer Depletion from Space: Case Studies from the Saharan and Arabian Aquifers 349
Mohamed Sultan, Mohamed Ahmed, John Wahr, Eugene Yan, and Mustafa Kemal Emil

22. Dominant Patterns of Water Storage Changes in the Nile Basin during 2003–2013 367
J. L. Awange, E. Forootan, K. Fleming, and G. Odhiambo

23. Use of Multifrequency Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to Support Regional-Scale Groundwater Potential Maps 383
Gregory S. Babonis and Matthew W. Becker

24. Monitoring Subsidence Associated with Groundwater Dynamics in the Central Valley of California Using Interferometric Radar 397
Tom G. Farr and Zhen Liu

Section VII: Data and Modeling

25. NLDAS Views of North American 2011 Extreme Events 409
Hualan Rui, Bill Teng, Bruce Vollmer, David Mocko, and Guang-Dih Lei

26. Growth Studies of Mytilus californianus Using Satellite Surface Temperatures and Chlorophyll Data for Coastal Oregon 427
Jessica R. Price and Venkat Lakshmi

27. Impact of Assimilating Spaceborne Microwave Signals for Improving Hydrological Prediction in Ungauged Basins 439
Yu Zhang, Yang Hong, Jonathan J. Gourley, Xuguang Wang, G. Robert Brakenridge, Tom De Groeve, and Humberto Vergara

28. Application of High-Resolution Images from Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Watershed and Rangeland Science 451
A. Rango, E. R. Vivoni, C. A. Anderson, N. A. Pierini, A. Schreiner-McGraw, S. Saripalli, A. Slaughter, and A. S. Laliberte

29. Simulation of Water Balance Components in a Watershed Located in Central Drainage Basin of Iran 463
Ammar Rafiei Emam, Martin Kappas, and Karim C. Abbaspour

30. Estimating Water Use Efficiency in Bioenergy Ecosystems Using a Process-Based Model 479
Zhangcai Qin and Qianlai Zhuang

31. Watershed Reanalysis of Water and Carbon Cycle Models at a Critical Zone Observatory 493
Xuan Yu, Christopher Duffy, Jason Kaye, Wade Crow, Gopal Bhatt, and Yuning Shi

32. Challenges for Observing and Modeling the Global Water Cycle 511
Kevin E. Trenberth

33. Integrated Assessment System Using Process-Based Eco-Hydrology Model for Adaptation Strategy and Effective Water Resources Management 521
Tadanobu Nakayama

Index 537