publication . Article . 2002

Monitoring of rain water storage in forests with satellite radar

de Jong, JJM; Klaassen, W; Kuiper, PJC;
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  • Published: 01 Feb 2002 Journal: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, volume 40, pages 338-347 (issn: 0196-2892, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
The sensitivity of radar backscatter to the amount of intercepted rain in temperate deciduous forests is analyzed to determine the feasibility of retrieval of this parameter from satellite radar data. A backscatter model is validated with X-band radar measurements of a single tree exposed to rain. A good agreement between simulation and measurements is observed and this demonstrates the ability of radar to measure the amount of intercepted rain. The backscatter model is next applied to simulate different satellite radar configurations. To account for forest variability, the backscatter difference between a wet and dry forest canopy is calculated for four deciduo...
free text keywords: Deciduous, Tree canopy, Interception, Backscatter, Radar, law.invention, law, Remote sensing, Temperate deciduous forest, Satellite, Mathematics, Precipitation, dew, fog, forest, rain, C-BAND BACKSCATTER, ENVIRONMENTAL-CONDITIONS, SEASONAL-CHANGES, SITKA SPRUCE, SAR, CANOPY, MODELS, RAINFOREST
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