Modelling of stone cover percentage over bare soil using ERS2 radar measurements on semi-arid regions

M. Zribi, N. Aquid, E. Adar, J. C. Garcia, G. Macelloni

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Abstract

This paper discusses the potential of radar signal to characterise the stone cover over bare soil surfaces in arid rocky regions. A high correlation was observed between radar measurements and stone cover percentage. Numerical Moment method based on integral equations of backscattering has been used to study the influence of the stone cover on simulated radar signal. Simulations are validated with measurements acquired in two arid sites. A good agreement is demonstrated between numerical simulations and radar ERS2 measurements. An empirical model is then proposed to inverse radar measurements and retrieve stone cover percentage.

Original languageEnglish GB
Pages252-260
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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