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Purpose of observation:

The Twente soil moisture & temperature monitoring was originally developed for the calibration and validation of satellite-based soil moisture products. It served this function for the ESA’s (European Space Agency) Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite and NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite.

Participation in (inter)national programme/campaigns:

Collaboration:

  • Deltares, The Netherlands
  • Hoogheemraadschap de Stichtse Landen, The Netherlands
  • Rijkswaterstaat, The Netherlands
  • Waterschap AA en Maas, The Netherlands
  • Waterschap Drents Overijsselse Delta, The Netherlands
  • Hydro-Logic, The Netherlands
  • Stowa, The Netherlands
  • Waterschap Vechtstromen, The Netherlands
  • HKV, The Netherlands
  • Provincie Overijssel, The Netherlands
  • TU-Wien, Wien, Austria
  • ZLTO, The Netherlands

Externally funded projects:

  • 2015-2019: Optimizing Water Availability with Sentinel-1 Satellites (OWAS1S), NWO Toegepaste en Technische Wetenschappen (NWO-TTW, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research – Applied and Engineering Sciences), budget: 888.4 k€.

Major scientific achievements:

  • The major scientific achievements following from the data gathered by the Twente monitoring network are documented in 1 PhD thesis, several MSc theses, 9 ISI peer reviewed articles, 4 conference contributions, 2 professional journal articles and 1 contribution in regional/national media (TV).

PhD dissertations:

  • Dente, L. (2016). Microwave remote sensing for soil moisture monitoring : synergy of active and passive observations and validation of retrieved products. Enschede: University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036541121

Ongoing

  • Ham-Jam Benninga

MSc theses:

  • Wanyonyi, S.N. (2018) An analysis of the resilience of the Voltherbeek to flooding during extreme rain events. Enschede, University of Twente Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC), 2018.
  • Geleta, F.B. (2018) Flood mapping and water level estimation using multi-temporal sentinel-1 SAR in the province of Overijssel, The Netherlands. Enschede, University of Twente Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC), 2018.
  • Gautam, U. (2018) Quantifying root zone soil moisture at field scale through downscaling of SMAP Level 4 Soil Moisture product using Sentinel-1. Enschede, University of Twente Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC), 2018. 
  • Dejen, Y.A. (2017) Interplay between rainfall, stream water level and surface soil moisture quantified at field scale using in-situ and satellite techniques. Enschede, University of Twente Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC), 2017.
  • Duan, T. (2017) impact of Leaf Area Index on rainfall interception and the potential to estimate it using Sentinel-1 observations. Enschede, University of Twente Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC), 2017.
  • Shahmohammadi Mehrjardi, M.A. (2016) Upscaling of in - situ measurements using spatially distributed model simulations for validation of satellite soil moisture products. Enschede, University of Twente Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC), 2016. 
  • Ragasa, G.C. (2016) Effect of water content on soil stability and field trafficability in Twente region, The Netherlands. Enschede, University of Twente Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC), 2016.
  • Embaye, R.L. (2016) SMAP L2 soil moisture passive validation using in - situ measurements from the Twente region, The Netherlands. Enschede, University of Twente Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC), 2016.

Publications:

ISI Peer reviewed

  • Colliander, A., Jackson, T. J., Chan, S. K., O'Neill, P., Bindlish, R., Cosh, M. H., ... Yueh, S. H. (2018). An assessment of the differences between spatial resolution and grid size for the SMAP enhanced soil moisture product over homogeneous sites. Remote sensing of environment, 207, 65-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.02.006
  • Carranza, C. D. U., Van der Ploeg, M. J., & Torfs, P. J. J. F. (2018). Using lagged dependence to identify (de)coupled surface and subsurface soil moisture values. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22(4), 2255-2267. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-2255-2018
  • Chan, S. K., Bindlish, R., O'Neill, P., Jackson, T., Njoku, E., Dunbar, R. S., ... Kerr, Y. H. (2018). Development and assessment of the SMAP enhanced passive soil moisture product. Remote sensing of environment, 204, 931-941. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2017.08.025
  • Bindlish, R., Cosh, M. H., Jackson, T. J., Koike, T., Fujii, H., Chan, S. K., ... Coopersmith, E. J. (2018). GCOM-W AMSR2 soil moisture product validation using core validation sites. IEEE Journal of selected topics in applied earth observations and remote sensing, 11(1), 209-219. [8233417]. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSTARS.2017.2754293
  • Reichle, R. H., De Lannoy, G. J. M., Liu, Q., Ardizzone, J. V., Colliander, A., Conaty, A., ... Zeng, Y. (2017). Assessment of the SMAP Level-4 Surface and Root-Zone Soil Moisture Product Using In Situ Measurements. Journal of hydrometeorology, 18(10), 2621-2645. https://doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-17-0063.1
  • Colliander, A., Jackson, T. J., Bindlish, R., Chan, S., Das, N., Kim, S. B., ... Yueh, S. (2017). Validation of SMAP surface soil moisture products with core validation sites. Remote sensing of environment, 191, 215-231. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2017.01.021
  • Shellito, P. J., Small, E. E., Colliander, A., Bindlish, R., Cosh, M. H., Berg, A. A., ... Walker, J. P. (2016). SMAP soil moisture drying more rapid than observed in situ following rainfall events. Geophysical research letters, 43(15), 9068-8075. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016GL069946
  • van der Velde, R., Salama, M. S., Eweys, O. A., Wen, J., & Wang, Q. (2015). Soil moisture mapping using combined active or passive microwave observations over the east of the Netherlands. IEEE Journal of selected topics in applied earth observations and remote sensing, 8(9), 4355-4372. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSTARS.2014.23536924355-4372
  • Dente, L., Su, Z., & Wen, J. (2012). Validation of SMOS soil moisture products over the Maqu and Twente regions. Sensors (Switserland), 12(8), 9965-9986. https://doi.org/10.3390/s120809965

Conference contributions

  • Benninga, H. F., van der Velde, R., & Su, Z. (2018). Uncertainty of effective roughness parameters calibrated on bare agricultural land using Sentinel-1 SAR. In 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium: Observing, Uncerstanding And Forecasting The Dynamics Of Our Planet (pp. 108-111). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS.2018.8518371
  • O'Neill, P., Chan, S., Bindlish, R., Jackson, T., Chaubell, J., Piepmeijer, J., ... Kerr, Y. H. (2017). Assessment of Version 4 of the SMAP Passive Soil Moisture. In Proceedings of 2017 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium; 37th; 23-28 Jul. 2017 NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • Chan, S., Bindlish, R., O'neill, P. E., Jackson, T., Chaubell, J., Piepmeijer, J., ... Kerr, Y. H. (2017). Development and Validation of The SMAP Enhanced Passive Soil Moisture Product : open access. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2017; 37th; 23-28 Jul. 2017; Fort Worth, TX; United States Greenbelt: NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • Benninga, H. F., van der Velde, R., & Su, Z. (2016). Sentinel-1 data of agricultural fields in the Netherlands (Twente) : abstract + poster. Abstract from EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria.

Professional journal articles

  • van der Velde, R., Benninga, H. F., Pezij, M., Augustijn, D. C. M., Carranza, C., van der Ploeg, M., & Hendriks, D. (2018). Bodemvocht uit satellietdata: wat kan de Nederlandse waterbeheerder ermee? H2O, 1-11.
  • Pezij, M., Benninga, H. F., Carranza, C. D. U., Augustijn, D. C. M., van der Velde, R., & van der Ploeg, M. J. (2016). Bodemvocht uit satellietdata voor optimalisatie waterbeheer. Land + water, 56(7/8), 26-27.

Media

  • van der Velde, R. (2018). Satelliet vertelt onderzoekers of Twentse grond te nat of te droog is. RTV Oost/NOS regionaal, https://m.rtvoost.nl/nieuws/298908/Satelliet-vertelt-onderzoekers-of-Twentse-grond-te-nat-of-te-droog-is

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