Downscaling of remotely sensed soil moisture with a modified fractal interpolation method using contraction mapping and ancillary data

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Previous work showed that remotely sensed soil moisture fields exhibit multiscaling and multifractal behavior varying with the scales of observations and hydrometeorological forcing (Remote Sens. Environ. 81 (2002) 1). Specifically, it was determined that this multiscaling behavior is consistent with the scaling of soil hydraulic properties and vegetation cover, while the multifractal behavior is associated with the temporal evolution of soil moisture fields. Here, we apply these findings by directly incorporating information on the spatial structure of soil texture and vegetation water content to the spatial interpolation of remotely sensed soil moisture data. A downscaling model is presented which consists of a modified fractal interpolation method based on contraction mapping. This methodology is different from other fractal interpolation schemes because it generates unique fractal surfaces. It is different from other contraction mapping models because it includes spatially and temporally varying scaling functions as opposed to single-valued scaling factors. The scaling functions are linear combinations of the spatial distributions of ancillary data. The model is demonstrated by downscaling soil moisture fields from 10 to 1 km resolution using remote-sensing data from the Southern Great Plains 1997 (SGP'97) field experiment. © 2002 Published by Elsevier Science Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kim, G; Barros, AP

Published Date

  • December 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 83 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 400 - 413

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0034-4257

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0034-4257(02)00044-5

Citation Source

  • Scopus