Hydrological consistency using multi-sensor remote sensing data for water and energy cycle studies Academic Article uri icon


  • A multi-sensor/multi-platform approach to water and energy cycle prediction is demonstrated in an effort to understand the variability and feedback of land surface and atmospheric processes over large space and time scales. Remote sensing-based variables including soil moisture (from AMSR-E), surface heat fluxes (from MODIS) and precipitation rates (from TRMM) are combined with North American Regional Reanalysis derived atmospheric components to examine the degree of hydrological consistency throughout these diverse and independent hydrologic data sets. The study focuses on the influence of the North American Monsoon System (NAMS) over the southwestern United States, and is timed to coincide with the SMEX04 North American Monsoon Experiment (NAME). The study is focused over the Arizona portion of the NAME domain to assist in better characterizing the hydrometeorological processes occurring across Arizona during the summer monsoon period. Results demonstrate that this multi-sensor approach, in combination with available atmospheric observations, can be used to obtain a comprehensive and hydrometeorologically consistent characterization of the land surface water cycle, leading to an improved understanding of water and energy cycles within the NAME region and providing a novel framework for future remote observation and analysis of the coupled land surface-atmosphere system. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • McCabe, M. F., Wood, E. F., Wjcik, R., Pan, M., Sheffield, J., Gao, H., & Su, H.

citation count

  • 88

complete list of authors

  • McCabe, MF||Wood, EF||Wójcik, R||Pan, M||Sheffield, J||Gao, H||Su, H

publication date

  • February 2008