Submitted to: Electromagnetic Wave Interaction with Water and Moist Substances Proceeding
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: November 1, 2002
Publication Date: March 14, 2003
Citation: Jackson, T.J. 2003. Satellite Microwave Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture: Current and Future Data for Hydrology. Electromagnetic Wave Interaction with Water and Moist Substances Proceedings, 2003. pp. 326-334. Technical Abstract: Soil moisture has been difficult to measure and map using conventional ground based point sampling. Microwave remote sensing based soil moisture retrieval has been demonstrated using tower and aircraft instruments. The translation of this approach to satellites and the implementation in hydrologic applications has been limited by both the technology and the satellite systems that were available. Recent developments in both science and associated technologies now make the exploitation of the microwave region for soil moisture mapping feasible. A number of new satellite missions are scheduled for the next five years. These alternatives are reviewed and evaluated for soil moisture applications.