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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Spatiotemporal analysis of snow depth inversion based on the FengYun-3B MicroWave Radiation Imager: a case study in Heilongjiang Province, China
Author(s): Xiaofeng Li; Kai Zhao; Lili Wu; Xingming Zheng; Tao Jiang
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Paper Abstract

To improve snow depth (SD) inversion algorithms using passive microwave data, it is important to objectively assess their accuracy and to analyze their uncertainty. Some previous studies validated the inversion algorithms only using spatial data at a fixed time node, which is not objective or convincing. The spatiotemporal analysis of the SD inversion based on the FengYun-3B MicroWave Radiation Imager is performed in Heilongjiang Province, China. Based on the temporal analysis, the results show that the accuracy of SD inversion algorithms is different at different time phases throughout the winter. In cropland areas, the variation in snow properties, particularly the increase in snow grain and the presence of depth hoar, leads to underestimation and overestimation at the earlier and later phases, respectively. The spatial analysis shows that the SD in the high forest coverage regions is seriously overestimated due to the addition of a forest correction factor using the Chang algorithm. In addition, the complex underlying surfaces and hilly terrain are also influencing factors that result in the low accuracy for several regions. Therefore, the analysis and identification of these uncertainties are benefits not only in understanding the influential factors of SD inversion algorithms but also in developing better algorithms for the next generation of SD retrieval.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2014
PDF: 15 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 8(1) 084692 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.8.084692
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 8, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Xiaofeng Li, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology (China)
Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Kai Zhao, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology (China)
Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Lili Wu, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology (China)
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Xingming Zheng, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology (China)
Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Tao Jiang, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology (China)
Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)


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