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Two-year global simulation of L-band brightness temperatures over land

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11 Author(s)
Pellarin, T. ; Meteo-France/CNRM, Toulouse, France ; Wigneron, J.-P. ; Calvet, J.-C. ; Berger, M.
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This letter presents a synthetic L-band (1.4 GHz) multiangular brightness temperature dataset over land surfaces that was simulated at a half-degree resolution and at the global scale. The microwave emission of various land-covers (herbaceous and woody vegetation, frozen and unfrozen bare soil, snow, etc.) was computed using a simple model [L-band Microwave Emission of the Biosphere (L-MEB)] based on radiative transfer equations. The soil and vegetation characteristics needed to initialize the L-MEB model were derived from existing land-cover maps. Continuous simulations from a land-surface scheme for 1987 and 1988 provided time series of the main variables driving the L-MEB model: soil temperature at the surface and at depth, surface soil moisture, proportion of frozen surface soil moisture, and snow cover characteristics. The obtained global maps constitute a useful dataset for a first evaluation of the sensitivity of future satellite-based L-band radiometry data to soil moisture.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 9 )