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Soil Moisture Sampling
For logistical reasons, the AACES study area had been divided into 10 patches. AACES-2 focused on the central half of the transect (P04-P08) with each patch being the focus of a single day of ground monitoring and coincident aircraft/SMOS coverage. A total of 6 focus farms had been selected across the AACES-2 study area to provide ground truth for several 1km resolution PLMR pixels along the flight track.
Schematic of HDAS soil moisture sampling strategy
Within each of the flight patches focus areas of 2km × 5km size (oriented along the direction of flight lines) had been established and subdivided by six ground sampling transect lines, each 5km in length and 330m apart. The ground teams made three surface soil moisture measurements (within a radius of 1m) every 50m along these transects using the Hydraprobe Data Acquisition System (HDAS). This allows the effect of random errors in local scale soil moisture measurements to be minimised. To facilitate comparisons between SMOS, airborne observations, and the detailed ground measurements, ground soil moisture sampling took place from 5-9am. The soil moisture calibration equation for the HDAS system has been confirmed during the AACES-1, SMAPEX-1, and AACES-2 campaigns.
In addition to the collected soil moisture data, a number of further ancillary information has been entered and recorded in the HDAS system for each sampling site. This information includes:
The soil moisture data that has been collected at each focus farm is shown as overview below. Users can download the data of the corresponding patch via the Download Centre
Source: GoogleEarth, accessed on 22nd, Sep. 2010.
Created: September 2010|
Last Modified: September 2010
Maintainer: YE Nan, Ye.Nan@monash.edu