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Title: Forest canopy effects on the estimation of soil moisture at L-Band

item KURUM, M
item LANG, R
item O'NIELL, P
item JOSEPH, A
item Cosh, Michael
item Jackson, Thomas

Submitted to: International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/3/2008
Publication Date: 7/6/2008
Citation: Kurum, M., Land, R., O'Neill, P., Joseph, A., Cosh, M.H., Jackson, T.J. 2008. Forest canopy effects on the estimation of soil moisture at L-Band. In: Proceedings of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, July 7-11, 2008, Boston, Massachusetts. p. I33-I36.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Truck-based measurements of brightness temperature at Lband over small deciduous stands located in Maryland were made in 2006 and 2007. Ground truth data related to forest stands and the ground were also collected. The deciduous trees were modeled by the Distorted Born Approximation (DBA) in conjunction with Peak’s principle. The ground was modeled as a half space with surface roughness. The model has been used to investigate the sensitivity of L-band radiometers to soil moisture under forest stands. It was observed that it is possible to see through the forest to sense the underlying soil moisture and to see the seasonal changes.