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Modified scattering decomposition for soil moisture estimation from polarimetric X-band data

Martone, Michele (2009) Modified scattering decomposition for soil moisture estimation from polarimetric X-band data. Master's, University of Naples "Federico II".

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Soil moisture content represents a key observable in order to model, describe and predict many ecological processes. In the last decades, theoretical and empirical inversion algorithms for soil moisture estimation using PolSAR data at L- and P-band have been intensively investigated, and, meanwhile, there exist some innovative techniques for the quantitative retrieval of dielectric constant of the soil. In this project work, the potential of estimating soil moisture from fully polarimetric X-band SAR data is investigated for the first time. The acquisitions were made by the German satellite TerraSAR-X over the agricultural area of Wallerfing (Lower Bavaria) in April/May 2009. Due to the short wavelength, the Physical Optics model has been chosen for representation of the scattering process and a model-based three component decomposition approach has been followed to exploit the polarimetric observable space. In order to improve the retrieval of the moisture content, the developed polarimetric decomposition has been further modified by means of an eigen-analysis of the coherency matrix and corrections of the volume scattering contribution were done. A validation of the proposed approaches for a quality assessment has been performed by comparing the estimated moisture values with in situ measurements collected in collaboration with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/61908/
Document Type:Thesis (Master's)
Title:Modified scattering decomposition for soil moisture estimation from polarimetric X-band data
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:October 2009
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Number of Pages:153
Keywords:Model-based decomposition, scattering models, inversion, soil moisture, synthetic aperture radar polarimetry (PolSAR).
Institution:University of Naples "Federico II"
Department:School of Telecommunication Engineering
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben hochauflösende Fernerkundungsverfahreen (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Radar Concepts
Deposited By: Martone, Michele
Deposited On:28 Dec 2009 19:03
Last Modified:31 Jul 2014 15:49

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