Submitted to: Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Earths Surface & Atmosphere
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/5/2008
Publication Date: 3/11/2008
Citation: Jackson, T.J., Pampaloni, P. 2008. Passive microwave radiometry of land: Contributions of Tom Schmugge and Anatoli Shutko [abstract]. 10th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of Environment. 2008 CDROM. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Recent advances and the state of the art of land surface remote sensing using passive microwave techniques owes its heritage to the contributions of Tom Schmugge and Anatolij Shutko over the last 30 years. These contributions cover a range of activities including fundamental theory, controlled condition experiments, experimental demonstrations and explorations of a wide range of applications. Schmugge and Shutko were individually conducted ground breaking research in the 1970s that explored the range of potential of passive microwave remote sensing. The potential of microwave radiometry to measure surface soil moisture was first analyzed in a paper authored by A. E. Basharinov and A. Shutko (“Measurement of soil moisture by radiometers”) published in Russian in 1971” in Meteorology Hydrology. A few years later Tom Schmugge and his colleagues P.Gloersen, T. Wilheit and F. Geiger, published the paper “Remote Sensing of soil moisture with microwave radiometers (Journal of Geophysical Research, 1974). These first studies stimulated further intense research mostly lead by Anatolij and Tom, which investigated different aspect of this discipline deeper and made it closer to applications. In addition to the strong scientific involvement, Anatolij and Tom led efforts for the open exchange of information on this emerging field during the Cold War period. Their key contributions over the past 30 years will be reviewed and discussed in terms of its impact on land remote sensing.