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Evaluating the Spatial and Temporal Variability of Soil Moisture within the Brightwater Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada

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dc.contributor.advisor Berg, Aaron
dc.contributor.author Burns, Travis
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-23T17:47:59Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-23T17:47:59Z
dc.date.copyright 2015-04
dc.date.created 2015-04-17
dc.date.issued 2015-04-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8762
dc.description.abstract Soil moisture has been shown to be strongly coupled to many environmental processes. Satellite missions capable of global soil moisture retrieval have recently launched which will supply data to model these applications. Satellite missions will need to utilize in-situ soil moisture networks to calibrate and validate retrievals. This research evaluates two procedures in order to identify which produces the lowest probe measurement error. The dry-down procedure was superior to the wet-up procedure across all samples. This study is important to researchers who want to achieve the lowest possible soil moisture measurement error. This research also characterises spatial and temporal soil moisture variability within the Brightwater Creek watershed by using statistical and geo-statistical methods. Soil moisture spatial variability is controlled primarily by rainfall variability and mean soil wetness at the study scale with longer temporal autocorrelation in deeper layers. These results have importance for satellite calibration and validation missions as well as for model parameterization. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject soil moisture en_US
dc.subject correlation en_US
dc.subject in-situ network en_US
dc.subject regional scale en_US
dc.subject calibration en_US
dc.subject spatial variability en_US
dc.subject temporal variability en_US
dc.title Evaluating the Spatial and Temporal Variability of Soil Moisture within the Brightwater Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Geography en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Geography en_US
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