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The SARSense Campaign: Air- and Space-Borne C- and L-Band SAR for the Analysis of Soil and Plant Parameters in Agriculture

Mengen, David and Montzka, Carsten and Jagdhuber, Thomas and Fluhrer, Anke and Brogi, Cosimo and Baum, Stephanie and Schüttemeyer, Dirk and Bayat, Bagher and Bogena, Heye and Coccia, Alexander and Masalias, Gerard and Trinkel, Verena and Jakobi, Jannis and Jonard, Francois and Ma, Yueling and Mattia, Francesco and Palmisano, Davide and Rascher, Uwe and Satalino, Giuseppe and Schumacher, Maike and Koyama, Christian and Schmidt, Marius and Vereecken, Harry (2021) The SARSense Campaign: Air- and Space-Borne C- and L-Band SAR for the Analysis of Soil and Plant Parameters in Agriculture. Remote Sensing. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/rs13040825. ISSN 2072-4292.

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Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/13/4/825


With the upcoming L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite mission Radar Observing System for Europe L-band SAR (ROSE-L) and its integration into existing C-band satellite missions such as Sentinel-1, multi-frequency SAR observations with high temporal and spatial resolution will become available. The SARSense campaign was conducted between June and August 2019 to investigate the potential for estimating soil and plant parameters at the agricultural test site in Selhausen (Germany). It included C- and L-band air- and space-borne observations accompanied by extensive in situ soil and plant sampling as well as unmanned aerial system (UAS) based multispectral and thermal infrared measurements. In this regard, we introduce a new publicly available SAR data set and present the first analysis of C- and L-band co- and cross-polarized backscattering signals regarding their sensitivity to soil and plant parameters. Results indicate that a multi-frequency approach is relevant to disentangle soil and plant contributions to the SAR signal and to identify specific scattering mechanisms associated with the characteristics of different crop type, especially for root crops and cereals.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/141481/
Document Type:Article
Title:The SARSense Campaign: Air- and Space-Borne C- and L-Band SAR for the Analysis of Soil and Plant Parameters in Agriculture
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Mengen, DavidForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Montzka, CarstenForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Jagdhuber, ThomasThomas.Jagdhuber (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1760-2425
Fluhrer, AnkeAnke.Fluhrer (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1188-5313
Brogi, CosimoForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Baum, StephanieForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Schüttemeyer, DirkESAUNSPECIFIED
Bayat, BagherForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Bogena, HeyeForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Coccia, AlexanderMetasensing BVUNSPECIFIED
Masalias, GerardMetasensing BVUNSPECIFIED
Trinkel, VerenaForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Jakobi, JannisForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Jonard, FrancoisForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Ma, YuelingForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Rascher, UweForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Satalino, GiuseppeCNRUNSPECIFIED
Schumacher, MaikeGeodesy and Surveying, Aalborg University, 9220 Aalborg, DenmarkUNSPECIFIED
Koyama, ChristianSchool of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Denki University, Tokyo 120-8551, JapanUNSPECIFIED
Schmidt, MariusForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Vereecken, HarryForschungszentrum JülichUNSPECIFIED
Date:23 February 2021
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/rs13040825
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:ROSE-L; soil moisture; plant parameters; L-band; C-band; SAR; airborne campaign
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote Sensing and Geo Research
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Reconnaissance and Security
Deposited By: Fluhrer, Anke
Deposited On:23 Mar 2021 17:14
Last Modified:23 Mar 2021 17:14

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