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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: USING REMOTE SENSING & MODELING FOR EVALUATING HYDROLOGIC FLUXES, STATES, & CONSTITUENT TRANSPORT PROCESSES WITHIN AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPES Title: ComRAD Active/Passive Microwave Measurement of Tree Canopies

Authors
item O'Neill, P - NASA GSFC
item Joseph, A - NASA GSFC
item Nelson, R - NASA GSFC
item Lang, R - GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV.
item Kurum, M - GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV.
item Cosh, Michael
item Jackson, Thomas
item Spicknall, M - UNIV. OF MD

Submitted to: International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: July 1, 2007
Publication Date: November 1, 2007
Citation: O'Neill, P.E., Joseph, A., Nelson, R., Lang, R., Kurum, M., Cosh, M.H., Jackson, T.J., Spicknall, M. 2007. ComRAD active/passive microwave measurement of tree canopies. In: Proceedings of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, July 23-27, 2007, Barcelona, Spain. p. 1420-1423.

Technical Abstract: The NASA/GSFC and George Washington University network analyzer-based multifrequency truck-mounted radar system has recently been upgraded with the addition of a dual-polarized 1.4 GHz total power radiometer. The system, now called ComRAD for Combined Radar/Radiometer, can function as a ground-based instrument simulator for L band space missions such as Hydros, Aquarius, and SMOS. In late summer 2006 ComRAD was deployed to the field to begin a series of coordinated active/passive L band measurements over small stands of deciduous and coniferous trees in order to improve our understanding of the microwave properties of trees and their effect on soil moisture retrieval algorithms. This paper describes the preliminary measurements obtained at the start of a three-year planned field measurement effort.

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