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Multitemporal C-band radar measurements on wheat fields

Inst. di Radioastronomia, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Matera, Italy
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (Impact Factor: 3.47). 08/2003; DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2003.813531
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ABSTRACT This paper investigates the relationship between C-band backscatter measurements and wheat biomass and the underlying soil moisture content. It aims to define strategies for retrieval algorithms with a view to using satellite C-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data to monitor wheat growth. The study is based on a ground-based scatterometer experiment conducted on a wheat field at the Matera site in Italy during the 2001 growing season. From March to June 2001, eight C-band scatterometer acquisitions at horizontal-horizontal and vertical-vertical polarization, with incidence angles ranging from 23° to 60°, were taken. At the same time, soil moisture, wheat biomass, and canopy structure were collected. The paper describes the experiment and investigates the radar sensitivity to biophysical parameters at different polarizations and incidence angles, and at different wheat phenological stages. Based on the experimental results, the retrieval of wheat biomass and soil moisture content using Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar data is discussed.

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