Publications in Scientific Journals:

F. Greifeneder, C. Notarnicola, W. Wagner:
"A Machine Learning-Based Approach for Surface Soil Moisture Estimations with Google Earth Engine";
Remote Sensing, 13 (2021), 11; 2099-1 - 2099-21.

English abstract:
Due to its relation to the Earthīs climate and weather and phenomena like drought, flooding, or landslides, knowledge of the soil moisture content is valuable to many scientific and professional users. Remote-sensing offers the unique possibility for continuous measurements of this variable. Especially for agriculture, there is a strong demand for high spatial resolution mapping. However, operationally available soil moisture products exist with medium to coarse spatial resolution only (≥1 km). This study introduces a machine learning (ML)-based approach for the high spatial resolution (50 m) mapping of soil moisture based on the integration of Landsat-8 optical and thermal images, Copernicus Sentinel-1 C-Band SAR images, and modelled data, executable in the Google Earth Engine. The novelty of this approach lies in applying an entirely data-driven ML concept for global estimation of the surface soil moisture content. Globally distributed in situ data from the International Soil Moisture Network acted as an input for model training. Based on the independent validation dataset, the resulting overall estimation accuracy, in terms of Root-Mean-Squared-Error and Rē, was 0.04 m^(3)·m^(−3) and 0.81, respectively. Beyond the retrieval model itself, this article introduces a framework for collecting training data and a stand-alone Python package for soil moisture mapping. The Google Earth Engine Python API facilitates the execution of data collection and retrieval which is entirely cloud-based. For soil moisture retrieval, it eliminates the requirement to download or preprocess any input datasets.

soil moisture; Sentinel-1 SAR; Landsat-8 optical/thermal data; machine learning; cloud-based approach; Google Earth Engine

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