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Satellite microwave estimates of soil moisture and applications for desertification studies
Author(s): Manfred Owe; Adriaan A. Van de Griend; Richard A. de Jeu; Jorrit de Vries; E. Seyhan
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Paper Abstract

Based on a series of studies conducted in Botswana and preliminary results from an ongoing study in Spain, developments in microwave remote sensing by satellite which can be used to monitor near real-time surface moisture and also study long term soil moisture climatology are described. A progression of methodologies beginning with single polarization studies and leading to both dual polarization and multiple frequency techniques are described. Continuing analysis of a nine year data set of satellite-derived surface moisture in Spain is ongoing. Preliminary results from this study appear to provide some evidence of long term decertification in certain parts of this region. The methodologies developed during these investigations can be applied to other regions, and have the potential for providing modelers with extended data sets of independently derived surface moisture for simulation and validation studies, and climate change studies at the global scale.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 December 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3499, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology, (11 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.332765
Show Author Affiliations
Manfred Owe, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Adriaan A. Van de Griend, Vrije Univ. (Netherlands)
Richard A. de Jeu, Vrije Univ. (Netherlands)
Jorrit de Vries, Vrije Univ. (Netherlands)
E. Seyhan, Vrije Univ. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3499:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology
Edwin T. Engman, Editor(s)

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