Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-7/W3, 1101-1110, 2015
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M. Menenti1, X. Li2, J. Wang2, H. Vereecken3, J. Li4, M. Mancini5, Q. Liu6, L. Jia6, J. Li7, C. Kuenzer8, S. Huang4, H. Yesou9, J. Wen2, Y. Kerr10, X. Cheng11, N. Gourmelen12, C. Ke13, R. Ludwig14, H. Lin15, M. Eineder16, Y. Ma17, and Z. B. Su18 1Faculty of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences (CITG), Delft University of Technology (TUD), Post Box 5048, 2628 CN Delft, the Netherlands
2Cold and Arid Region Environment Research Engineering (CAREERI), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 320 Donggang West Road, 730000 Lanzhou, P.R. China
3Julich Research Centre, Germany
4China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, China
5Politecnico di Milano, Italy
6State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), Beijing 100101 P.R. China
7College of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management. Beijing Normal University, China
8German Remote Data Sensing Centre (DFD), German Aerospace Centere (DLR), Germany
9SERTIT, University of Strasbourg, 300 bd Sébastien Brant, CS 10413, 67412 Illkirch Cedex, France
10Center for the Study of the Biosphere from Space (CESBIO), France
11Beijing Normal University, China
12School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9XP UK
13School of Geographic & Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, China
14Department of Geography, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, Germany
15Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
16Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
17Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
18University of Twente, ITC, Netherlands
Keywords: Terrestrial Water Cycle; Multi Sensor Data Products; Glaciers; Water Resources; High Elevation Climate Abstract. Ten Dragon 3 projects deal with hydrologic and cryosphere processes, with a focus on the Himalayas and Qinghai – Tibet Plateau, but not limited to that. At the 1st Dragon 3 Progress Symposium in 2013 a significant potential for a better and deeper integration appeared very clearly and we worked out an overview of the ten projects identifying specific issues and objectives shared by at least two projects. At the Mid Term Symposium in 2014 a joint session was held over two days. As regards cryospheric processes science highlights covered: Glacier flow velocity by optical and SAR features tracking and InSAR; Patterns in space and time of glacier flow velocity; Mass change estimated with DTM-s and altimetry; Reflectance and LST used to classify glacier surface and understand surface processes, Inventory and changes in the number and area of lakes in the Qinghai – Tibet Plateau 1970, 1990, 2000 and 2010; Deformation of permafrost along the Qinghai – Tibet railway.

Highlights on hydrologic processes included: Global comparison of SMOS, ASCAT and ERA soil moisture data products; Relative deviations evaluated by climate zone; Soil moisture data products improved with ancillary data; Assimilation of FY - , TRMM and GPM precipitation data products in WRF; Improved algorithm and data products on fractional snow cover; Improvement of MODIS ET with assimilation of LST; TRMM data products evaluated in the Yangtze; Calibration of river basin models using LST; System to calibrate, correct and normalize (spatial, spectral) data collected by imaging spectral radiometers; Integration of data acquired by different sensors, e.g. ET Monitor with optical and microwave (SMOS, FY – 3) data; Hydrological data products used both for forcing and evaluation of Qinghai – Tibet Plateau hydrological model; Wetlands vulnerability assessed through changes in land cover 1987 – 2013; Multi incidence angle and multi – temporal SAR to monitor water extent. In the general session a proposal for a Dragon Water Cycle Initiative was presented.

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Citation: Menenti, M., Li, X., Wang, J., Vereecken, H., Li, J., Mancini, M., Liu, Q., Jia, L., Li, J., Kuenzer, C., Huang, S., Yesou, H., Wen, J., Kerr, Y., Cheng, X., Gourmelen, N., Ke, C., Ludwig, R., Lin, H., Eineder, M., Ma, Y., and Su, Z. B.: HYDROLOGIC AND CRYOSPHERIC PROCESSES OBSERVED FROM SPACE, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-7/W3, 1101-1110,, 2015.

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