Detailed knowledge about the state of soil moisture and its spatial and temporal dynamics is of crucial importance for numerous Earth and environmental science applications that directly impact society and the global environment. As a vital component of the water, energy, and carbon cycles, in-depth knowledge about soil moisture dynamics across scales is essential for forecasting of weather and climate variability, prediction and monitoring of drought conditions, impact mitigation of natural disasters (i.e., wild fires, landslides, floods, and dust storms), and management of water resources and agricultural plant production, to name just a few. The latter are especially important for the rapidly growing world population. As the demand for earth observation data is virtually exploding, satellite and airborne remote sensing (RS) techniques provide an exceedingly powerful means for high temporal and spatial resolution soil moisture observations. This seminar encompasses recent advances in satellite and airborne remote sensing of soil moisture and provides an outlook of critical future research needs.
Dr. Ebrahim Babaeian is a Research Assistant Professor in the UA Department of Environmental Science (ENVS). He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Engineering and Soil Physics from Tarbiat Modares University in Iran and joined the ENVS Department as a Postdoctoral Scholar in 2015. He has been recently promoted to Research Assistant Professor. While working on his dissertation that focused on remote sensing of land surface processes, he was a visiting scholar in the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany. Over the last several years, Dr. Babaeian and his collaborators have made significant contributions to advance optical remote sensing of soil moisture, which will be discussed in the seminar.