Validation of microwave remote sensing products over Australia

C. Rüdiger, J. P. Walker, Y. H. Kerr

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With the recent launch of the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission, and the future Aquarius and Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) missions being planned for 2011 and 2014, respectively, the remote sensing community is becoming engaged in airborne campaigns for their validation. Given the financial and logistical constraints on the area that can be covered by airborne simulators in such campaigns, scientifically sound advice on the fractional footprint coverage requirements by campaigns for these low resolution sensors is of paramount importance, to ensure the usefulness of the validation campaigns. Using high resolution airborne data from an extensive airborne campaign in south-eastern Australia the fractional coverage requirement for L-band passive microwave satellite missions is assessed. It is found that only in the case of particularly homogeneous areas can this fractional coverage be considerably reduced.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment
Subtitle of host publicationThe GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring
PublisherInternational Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) 2011 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 10 Apr 201115 Apr 2011
Conference number: 34th


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) 2011
Abbreviated titleISRSE 2011
OtherThe GEOSS Era: Towards Operational environmental Monitoring
April 10-15, 2011
Sydney, Australia


  • Soil moisture
  • Microwave remote sensing
  • SMOS
  • Ground validation
  • Spatial requirements

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