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INVITATION to contribute to a SPECIAL ISSUE in JAG

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This is an announcement to contribute to the Special Issue “Advances in the Validation and Application of Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture”

Journal: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and GeoInformation.

Guest Editors: Wouter Dorigo, TU Wien, Austria and Richard de Jeu, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Scientific Rationale: Microwave remote sensing of soil moisture is getting mature. While until recently the focus was primarily on algorithm development and validation of products, scientists and users are now starting to use remotely sensed soil moisture products in a broad range of disciplines including meteorology, hydrology, climate research, carbon cycle modelling, and drought, flood, and food monitoring and prediction. This development has been boosted by the launch of new dedicated soil moisture satellites (SMOS, SMAP), the development of (near-real-time) soil moisture products from operational satellites (ASCAT, AMSR-E/2, Sentinel-1), and the construction of long-term multi-satellite soil moisture data sets such as provided by ESA's Climate Change Initiative. The aim of the special issue is to provide a comprehensive state-of-the-art on the potential and limitations of the various new satellite products, in particular with respect to the various application fields. This overview will assist users in taking maximum advantage of the unprecedented wealth of soil moisture data available, and to identify needs for future sensor and algorithm development. The special issue will be related to the “Satellite soil moisture validation and application workshop 2014” to be held in July 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, but submissions from non workshop participants are highly welcomed.

Contributions may focus on, but are not limited to

  • Advances in algorithm development for satellite soil moisture (SSM)
  • SSM from new satellites (e.g. SMAP, Sentinel-1, FengYun, AMSR2)
  • Multi-sensor SSM products
  • Improved error characterization of SSM products
  • Novel validation techniques for SSM products
  • Spatial downscaling of SSM
  • SSM for hydrological model validation
  • Assimilating SSM in hydrological models and reanalysis products
  • SSM for improving meteorological forecasts
  • SSM for improved rainfall-runoff modeling
  • SSM for drought monitoring and prediction
  • SSM for improved carbon cycle modeling
  • SSM for improving yield prediction
  • Novel applications of SSM (e.g. improving precipitation estimates)
  • SSM for improved understanding of land-atmosphere interactions
  • Trends in SSM

Time Schedule:

  • September 1, 2014:  Opening of the Special Issue submission site within the Elsevier Editorial System (EES)
  • 31 December, 2014: Submission deadline
  • 31 May, 2015:Acceptance deadline
  • July 2015: Publication date of special issue (Individual papers will be published as soon as accepted)

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Journal homepage:

Guide for Authors:

Website soil moisture workshop: