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A Bayesian Approach for an Aquarius Soil Moisture Product
[12-Nov-2013] Bruscantini, C.A., Grings, F., Barber, M., Perna, P., and Karszenbaum, H.
Presented at the 2013 Aquarius/SAC-D Science Team Meeting
Several retrieval algorithms were developed to retrieve soil moisture (SM) from passive remote sensing data. The most commonly used are the Single Channel Algorithm (SCA), the Dual Channel Algorithm (DCA) and LPRM. In this paper, a novel retrieval algorithm (BRA, Bayesian Retrieval Algorithm) is developed, which uses Bayesian inference to retrieve SM and optical depth from both H & V channels. Bayesian likelihood is derived in a non parametric manner, in such a way to be a function of ancillary parameters uncertainties (uncertainties in the parameters needed for the retrieval). As a major advantage, prior knowledge for SM and optical depth can be directly included as inputs to BRA and may improve the retrieval. The advantages of BRA compared to previously mentioned retrievals are: i) errors on the retrieved variables can be estimated in an univocal way, ii) it gives the possibility to use prior information about the retrieved variables (provided by other sensors or in situ historical data), iii) it can handle uncertainties on the ancillary parameters. The comparison of the retrieval performance of the different algorithms was carried out using an Observing System Simulation Experiment (OSSE) developed for the Aquarius/SAC-D L-band radiometer (Bruscantini et al., 2013).
Bruscantini, C., P. Perna, P. Ferrazzoli, F. Grings, H. Karszenbaum and W.T Crow, Effect of forward/inverse model asymmetries over retrieved soil moisture assessed with an OSSE for the Aquarius/SAC-D, in press, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 2013.

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