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Carlo Montes, Nachiketa Acharya, S. M. Quamrul Hassan, and Timothy J. Krupnik

observations ( Xie et al. 2003 ). Some of the most commonly used operational satellite-derived precipitation products include the microwave-based Climate Prediction Center (CPC) morphing technique (CMORPH) ( Joyce et al. 2004 ), the microwave- and infrared-based Precipitation Estimation from Remotely Sensed Information Using Artificial Neural Networks (PERSIANN) ( Ashouri et al. 2014 ), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) ( Huffman et al

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Wade T. Crow, Concepcion Arroyo Gomez, Joaquín Muñoz Sabater, Thomas Holmes, Christopher R. Hain, Fangni Lei, Jianzhi Dong, Joseph G. Alfieri, and Martha C. Anderson

). This approach combines best-possible estimates of land surface states based on available observations and short-range atmospheric forecasts provided by the NWP system. In this regard, the European Space Agency (ESA) Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission ( Kerr et al. 2012 ), specifically designed to measure surface SM and ocean salinity from space, provides a unique opportunity to assimilate L-band microwave brightness temperature (Tb) observations that are highly sensitive to surface SM

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Rolf H. Reichle, Qing Liu, Joseph V. Ardizzone, Wade T. Crow, Gabrielle J. M. De Lannoy, Jianzhi Dong, John S. Kimball, and Randal D. Koster

1. Introduction Soil moisture is important because it connects the land surface water, energy, and carbon cycles ( Seneviratne et al. 2010 ). Accurate, long-term, global observations of soil moisture conditions are critical for a wide range of science investigations and applications ( Balsamo et al. 2018 ; Santanello et al. 2018 ). A variety of global satellite soil moisture data products are available based on microwave observations, including from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer

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Yalei You, Nai-Yu Wang, Ralph Ferraro, and Patrick Meyers

1. Introduction Passive microwave observations have more direct physical relation with the hydrometers in the atmosphere relative to infrared and visible observations, which capture the cloud-top features ( Barrett and Beaumont 1994 ; Petty 1995 ; Kidd and Levizzani 2011 ). Therefore, precipitation estimates from passive microwave radiometers are more accurate and are essential for accuracy of satellite-based, high-resolution, near-global precipitation datasets ( Hou et al. 2014 ; Yong et al

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Janice L. Bytheway, Mimi Hughes, Kelly Mahoney, and Rob Cifelli

, consecutive images from geostationary infrared (GEO-IR) satellite data are used to estimate motion vectors and changes of size of precipitation features. Using this information, time-weighted interpolation is performed both forwards and backward in time between LEO overpasses, determining the shape and location of the precipitation field during periods with no passive microwave observations. This is referred to as the “morphing” process ( Joyce et al. 2004 ). In version 1.0, the entire CMORPH dataset is

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Trent W. Ford, Steven M. Quiring, Chen Zhao, Zachary T. Leasor, and Christian Landry

. Cherneski , J. L’Heureux , and T. Hawden , 2015 : Monitoring agricultural risk in Canada using L-band passive microwave soil moisture from SMOS . J. Hydrometeor. , 16 , 5 – 18 , . 10.1175/JHM-D-14-0039.1 Chen , F. , and Coauthors , 1996 : Modeling of land surface evaporation by four schemes and comparison with FIFE observations . J. Geophys. Res. , 101 , 7251 – 7268 , . 10.1029/95JD02165 Chen , F. , and

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Viviana Maggioni, Humberto J. Vergara, Emmanouil N. Anagnostou, Jonathan J. Gourley, Yang Hong, and Dimitrios Stampoulis

infrared geostationary satellite imagery and used microwave data for training a neural network that assigns precipitation estimates to the infrared temperature. The PERSIANN-CCS dataset, produced by the University of California, Irvine, covers 50°S–50°N and provides estimates of rainfall at spatial and temporal resolutions of 0.04° × 0.04° and 30 min, respectively. Ground observations of runoff measured at the outlets of each of the five basins are also employed in the study and considered as a

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Olivier P. Prat, Brian R. Nelson, Elsa Nickl, and Ronald D. Leeper

1. Introduction Since the 1960s, weather and environmental satellites have provided valuable observations of the earth and the atmosphere. The number of atmospheric and environmental variables being monitored has constantly increased since. As the period of observation grows, global satellites products constitute an invaluable complement to in situ observations that are spatially limited by nature. They have become suitable to investigate weather variability and climate trends in support of

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Yanbo Nie and Jianqi Sun

techniques. Most gauge-based products cover longer periods than satellite-based products. Satellite-based HRPPs provide high-resolution observations in regions with scarce ground observations of precipitation, such as desserts, oceans, and mountainous regions, which give these products an edge over gauge-based HRPPs. However, in contrast to gauge-based products, which are derived from directly measured precipitation, the accuracy of remotely sensed HRPPs is affected by some sources of uncertainties, such

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Anne Felsberg, Gabriëlle J. M. De Lannoy, Manuela Girotto, Jean Poesen, Rolf H. Reichle, and Thomas Stanley

as defined above. b. Soil moisture and water storage estimates 1) Satellite data The study period in this paper is constrained by the availability of landslide data and satellite observations from GRACE and L-band microwave missions, as illustrated in Fig. 2 . Because of the complementarity of SMOS and GRACE and their relatively long period of overlap, this paper will focus on SMOS and GRACE from 1 January 2011 through 31 July 2016 (hereafter referred to as the SMOS-GRACE study period). We

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