Analysis on Adequacy of the Satellite Soil Moisture Data (AMSR2, ASCAT, and ESACCI) in Korean Peninsula: With Classification of Freezing and Melting Periods

인공위성 기반 토양 수분 자료들(AMSR2, ASCAT, and ESACCI)의 한반도 적절성 분석: 동결과 융해 기간을 구분하여

Baik, Jongjin;Cho, Seongkeun;Lee, Seulchan;Choi, Minha

  • Received : 2019.06.28
  • Accepted : 2019.07.18
  • Published : 2019.10.31


Soil moisture is a representative factor that plays a key role in hydrological cycle. It is involved in the interaction between atmosphere and land surface, and is used in fields such as agriculture and water resources. Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2), Advanced SCATterometer (ASCAT), and European Space Agency Climate Change Initiative (ESACCI) data were used to analyze the applicability and uncertainty of satellite soil moisture product in the Korean peninsula. Cumulative distribution function (CDF) matching and triple collocation (TC) analysis were carried out to investigate uncertainty and correction of satellite soil moisture data. Comparisons of pre-calibration satellite soil moisture data with the Automated Agriculture Observing System (AAOS) indicated that ESACCI and ASCAT data reflect the trend of AAOS well. On the other hand, AMSR2 satellite data showed overestimated values during the freezing period. Correction of satellite soil moisture data using CDF matching improved the error and correlation compared to those before correction. Finally, uncertainty analysis of soil moisture was carried out using TC method. Clearly, the uncertainty of the satellite soil moisture, corrected by CDF matching, was diminished in both freezing and thawing periods. Overall, it is expected that using ASCAT and ESACCI rather than AMSR2 soil moisture data will give more accurate soil moisture information when correction is performed on the Korean peninsula.


Soil Moisture;ASCAT;AMSR2;ESACCI;Triple collocation


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