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Soil moisture monitoring over a semiarid region using Envisat ASAR data
Author(s): Atef A. E. Amriche; Mokhtar Guerfi
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Paper Abstract

Soil moisture (SM) is of fundamental importance to many agricultural, hydrological and climate studies. In this paper, a simple approach for mapping near-surface SM from Envisat ASAR data was developed. Four high-resolution images covering a semiarid region in Algeria were acquired with the same sensor configuration. We performed the pretreatment using the Basic Envisat SAR Toolbox of the European Space Agency. Then, we extracted the backscattering coefficient σ0 (dB) from the filtered and calibrated images. On the other hand, five training sites with different soil physical properties and vegetation cover were selected for monitoring SM. The field campaigns were conducted concurrent to satellite image acquisitions to measure soil water content in the top five centimeters using the gravimetric method. The study of linear regressions associated to the change detection approach allowed the expression of the backscattering coefficient as a function of volumetric soil moisture (σ0 = a*θ + b). The coefficients “a” and “b” of the equation slightly differ from one site to another and also from one season to the next. This difference is mainly due to the effects of surface roughness and vegetation biomass variations. Our study confirms a good agreement between the volumetric nearsurface SM and the radar backscattering coefficient for all the test fields. The comparison between measured and estimated SM proves the accuracy of the inversion models used here with a mean average error of less than 5%. At the end, high resolution maps of soil moisture distribution were obtained from the acquired radar images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8531, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIV, 85311N (23 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.974526
Show Author Affiliations
Atef A. E. Amriche, Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique (Algeria)
Mokhtar Guerfi, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de la Mer et de l’Aménagement du Littoral (Algeria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8531:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIV
Christopher M. U. Neale; Antonino Maltese, Editor(s)

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