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Remote Sensing Of The Near-Surface Moisture Profile Of Specular Soils With Multi-Frequency Microwave Radiometry
Author(s): Gene Poe
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Paper Abstract

A comparison of measured multi-frequency (1.42, 4.99, 13.4 and 37 GHz) microwave brightness temperatures of a relatively homogeneous soil (United States Water Conservation Laboratory, Phoenix, Arizona) over a variety of moisture conditions and antenna view angles with those computed from presently available theory reveals that a partial understanding of the microwave emission properties of specular soils has been achieved. An empirical model is presented which allows relatively good agreement between measured and computed soil moisture profiles over appropriate skin depths for moderately moist to saturated moisture concentrations. Complications arising from non-specular surface and volume scattering due, for example, to vegetal cover or terrain irregularities have been minimized in the measurements and ignored in the calculations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1972
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0027, Remote Sensing of Earth Resources and the Environment, (1 May 1972); doi: 10.1117/12.978140
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Gene Poe, Aerojet-General Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0027:
Remote Sensing of Earth Resources and the Environment
Yale H. Katz, Editor(s)

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