Submitted to: International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/1/2007
Publication Date: 11/1/2007
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. Interpretive Summary:
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.