Ku-band sensitivity to soil moisture. An evaluation study for monitoring temporal soil moisture change detection over the NAFE06 study area

Iliana Mladenova, Venkat Lakshmi, Tom Jackson, Jeffrey Walker

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The combination of radiometer and radar observations is a very promising technique for spatial disaggregation of soil moisture. The enhanced QuikSCAT sigma-0 product (2.225 km) offers a possibility for overcoming the temporal and spatial limitations of the available radar systems. The current study investigates QuikSCAT sensitivity to soil moisture and its capability to accurately monitor and capture change in soil moisture. The research was undertaken for the National Airborne Field Experiment area located in the Murrumbidgee catchment, SE Australia. Validation of the temporal change detection analysis was undertaken using an airborne soil moisture product derived from the Polarimetrie Lband Multibeam Radiometer (PLMR). The main propose of the PLMR use was to assess accuracy in terms of spatial patterns distribution. The results reveal expected temporal variability and adequate response of the active sensor to change in meteorological conditions. The presence of irrigation and standing water (rice fields) in the region challenges the spatial agreement throughout the study area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2008 - Boston, United States of America
Duration: 7 Jul 200811 Jul 2008
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/4757194/proceeding?isnumber=4778767 (Proceedings)

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NameInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)


ConferenceIEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2008
Abbreviated titleIGARSS 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • AMSR-E
  • NAFE'06
  • QuikSCAT
  • Soil moisture disaggregation

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