Soil water assessment using a P-band scatterometer and ERS-2 SAR

D. G. Blumberg, J. Ben-Asher, G. Ronen, M. Sprintsin, V. Freilikher, L. Volfson, A. Kotlyar

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Soil water content is an important component that influences meso- and micro scale processes. The agricultural capacity of a site is directly affected by soil water content and is especially important in arid regions. Furthermore, climate studies face the never ending problem of trying to lay a hand on climate surface conditions. Many of these are not measured continuously and thus are not available. One of the more important parameters is soil water-content. In this study we mapped soil water content in the Negev Desert using ERS-2 with multiple look directions and utilized a P-band scatterometer. Results show water content values ranging from 4-20% volumetric, with a high correlation to ground measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-331
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number529
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2003
EventProceedings of the Workshop POLinSAR - Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry - Frascati, Italy
Duration: 14 Jan 200316 Jan 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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