First results of the assimilation of high-resolution Sentinel-1A based soil moisture products in a distributed, physically based, hydrological model are presented. A comprehensive evaluation of the assimilation's impact on discharge predictions is provided. Results are further compared to those obtained when assimilating the lower-resolution ASCAT-based soil moisture product. The exercise was carried out within the MIDA project framework (funded by the Italian Space Agency) aiming at producing root zone soil moisture maps useful for flood risk management applications. The experimental site is the Orba River Catchment (Italy). The period of investigation is October 2014-February 2015. Using a relatively simple data assimilation technique (Nudging) the results of our case study show that overall the assimilation of currently available Sentinel-1 data only marginally improves discharge simulations. However, the impact becomes more significant when specifically considering predictions of high flow. Further improvements are expected when both Sentinel-1A and B data will be available.
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|Titolo:||Satellite soil moisture assimilation: Preliminary assessment of the sentinel 1 potentialities|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||04.01 - Contributo in atti di convegno|