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Spaceborne L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar Data for Geoscientific Analyses in Coastal Land Applications: A Review

Ottinger, Marco and Künzer, Claudia (2020) Spaceborne L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar Data for Geoscientific Analyses in Coastal Land Applications: A Review. Remote Sensing, 12 (14), pp. 1-37. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). DOI: 10.3390/rs12142228 ISSN 2072-4292

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The coastal zone offers among the world’s most productive and valuable ecosystems and is experiencing increasing pressure from anthropogenic impacts: human settlements, agriculture, aquaculture, trade, industrial activities, oil and gas exploitation and tourism. Earth observation has great capability to deliver valuable data at the local, regional and global scales and can support the assessment and monitoring of land‐ and water‐related applications in coastal zones. Compared to optical satellites, cloud‐cover does not limit the timeliness of data acquisition with spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors, which have all‐weather, day and night capabilities. Hence, active radar systems demonstrate great potential for continuous mapping and monitoring of coastal regions, particularly in cloud‐prone tropical and sub‐tropical climates. The canopy penetration capability with long radar wavelength enables L‐band SAR data to be used for coastal terrestrial environments and has been widely applied and investigated for the following geoscientific topics: mapping and monitoring of flooded vegetation and inundated areas; the retrieval of aboveground biomass; and the estimation of soil moisture. Human activities, global population growth, urban sprawl and climate change‐induced impacts are leading to increased pressure on coastal ecosystems causing land degradation, deforestation and land use change. This review presents a comprehensive overview of existing research articles that apply spaceborne L‐band SAR data for geoscientific analyses that are relevant for coastal land applications.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/135527/
Document Type:Article
Title:Spaceborne L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar Data for Geoscientific Analyses in Coastal Land Applications: A Review
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Ottinger, Marcomarco.ottinger (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7336-1283
Künzer, ClaudiaClaudia.Kuenzer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:11 July 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.3390/rs12142228
Page Range:pp. 1-37
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Series Name:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:L-band, SAR, radar, earth observation, remote sensing, spaceborne, coastal zone, coastal land applications, wetlands, mangroves, review
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote sensing and geoscience
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface Dynamics
Deposited By: Ottinger, Marco
Deposited On:21 Jul 2020 11:09
Last Modified:23 Jul 2020 10:54

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