The use of remotely sensed soil moisture data in large-scale models of the hydrological cycleManabe (1982) has reviewed numerical simulations of the atmosphere which provided a framework within which an examination of the dynamics of the hydrological cycle could be conducted. It was found that the climate is sensitive to soil moisture variability in space and time. The challenge arises now to improve the observations of soil moisture so as to provide up-dated boundary condition inputs to large scale models including the hydrological cycle. Attention is given to details regarding the significance of understanding soil moisture variations, soil moisture estimation using remote sensing, and energy and moisture balance modeling.
Salomonson, V. V. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Gurney, R. J. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Schmugge, T. J. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)