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Evaluation of crop development stages with TerraSAR-X backscatter signatures (2010-12) by using Growing Degree Days
Author(s): Atif Ishaq; René Pasternak; Christine Wessollek
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TerraSAR-X images have been tested for agricultural fields of corn and wheat. The main purpose was to evaluate the impact of daily temperatures in crop development to optimize climate induced factors on the plant growth anomalies. The results are completed by utilizing Geographic Information Science, e.g. tools of ArcMap 10.3.1 and databases of ground truth and meteorological information. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images from German Aerospace Center (DLR) are acquired and the field survey datasets are sampled, each per month for three years (2010-2012) but only for the crop seasons (April-October). Correlation between SAR images and farmland anomalies is investigated in accordance with daily heat accumulations and a comparison of the three years’ SAR backscatter signatures is explained for corn and wheat. Finding the influence of daily temperatures on crops and hence on the TerraSAR-X backscatter is developed by Growing Degree Days (GDD) which appears to be the most suitable parameter for this purpose. Observation of GDD permits that the coolest year was 2010, either rest of the years were warmer and GDD accumulated in 2011 was higher as compared to that of 2012 in the first half of the year, however 2012 had rather more heat accumulation in the second half of the year. SAR backscatter from farmland depicts the crop development stages which depend upon the time when satellite captures data during the crop season. It varies with different development stages of crop plants. Backscatter of each development stage changes as the roughness and the moisture content (dielectric property) of the plants changes and local temperature directly impacts crop growth and hence the development stages.

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Proc. SPIE 10421, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIX, 1042127; doi: 10.1117/12.2278326
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Atif Ishaq, Univ. of Stuttgart (Germany)
TU Dresden and Univ. of Hohenheim (Germany)
Univ. of the Punjab (Pakistan)
René Pasternak, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Christine Wessollek, TU Dresden (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10421:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIX
Christopher M. U. Neale; Antonino Maltese, Editor(s)

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