Evaluating near-surface soil moisture using heat capacity mapping mission data Academic Article uri icon


  • Four dates of Heat Capacity Mapping Mission (HCMM) data were analyzed in order to evaluate HCMM thermal data use in estimating near-surface soil moisture in a complex agricultural landscape. Because of large spatial and temporal ground cover variations, HCMM radiometric temperatures alone did not correlate with soil water content. The radiometric temperatures consisted of radiance contributions from different canopies and their respective soil backgrounds. However, when surface soil temperatures were empirically estimated from HCMM temperatures and percent cover of each pixel, a highly significant correlation (r = 0.74**) was obtained between the estimated soil temperatures and near-surface soil water content. © 1982.

published proceedings

  • Remote Sensing of Environment

author list (cited authors)

  • Heilman, J. L., & Moore, D. G

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Heilman, JL||Moore, DG

publication date

  • May 1982