Application of a two source energy balance model coupled with satellite based soil moisture and thermal infrared data

Song, Lisheng, Xu, Yanhao, Liddell, Michael, Cui, Yaokui, Liu, Shaomin, and Xu, Peipei (2023) Application of a two source energy balance model coupled with satellite based soil moisture and thermal infrared data. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 204. pp. 15-26.

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Satellite retrievals of thermal infrared data from the Earth's surface when combined with the surface energy balance equation are widely used to monitor land surface evapotranspiration (ET). Unfortunately thermal infrared based models using this approach have a systematic positive bias with ET during soil water stress conditions. The Two-source Energy Balance model using information on Soil Moisture as another key constraint (TSEB-SM) improves model performance and utility. Here, high resolution satellite soil moisture data from SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) were used to provide soil water boundary conditions for the TSEB-SM model. This SMAP driven TSEB-SM approach was applied in the Heihe river basin in China across a wide range of soil moisture conditions using MODIS thermal infrared land surface temperature (LST) data. The ET estimates from TSEB-SM were validated using flux tower measurements over the main land cover types in the study area and compared with the results from the original TSEB model. The comparison showed that the TSEB-SM approach reduced the RMSE error in latent heat flux estimates by 5 % to 20 % at satellite overpass time, and TSEB-SM outperformed the original TSEB model in daily ET estimates (RMSE values of 1.0 mm/d versus 1.5 mm/d, respectively) across all validation sites. The magnitude of the TSEB-SM improvements were larger early and late in the growing season and in arid areas, consistent with soil moisture improving estimates of ET particularly under times of higher water stress. The use of SMAP satellite soil moisture data with the TSEB-SM model increased the reliability of ET estimation and provides an improved capacity for continuos monitoring of drought effects on the global water cycle.

Item ID: 80515
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-8235
Keywords: Evapotranspiration, Soil moisture, Spatio-temporally continuous, TSEB-SM
Copyright Information: Crown Copyright © 2023 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Inc. (ISPRS). All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2024 07:20
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310303 Ecological physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences @ 100%
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