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Retrieval of biophysical parameters of agricultural crops using polarimetric SAR interferometry

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3 Author(s)
J. D. Ballester-Berman ; Dept. of Phys., Univ. of Alicante, Spain ; J. M. Lopez-Sanchez ; J. Fortuny-Guasch

An existing two-layer model for forest height estimation is adapted for agricultural crops in order to develop a retrieval algorithm based on polarimetric synthetic aperture radar interferometry. This new inversion scheme is specifically tailored for vertically oriented agricultural crops, with extinction coefficients dependent on the wave polarization. Physical parameters of the vegetation scene are estimated from the location of the measured coherences in the complex plane. The proposed inversion scheme is validated experimentally with indoor wide-band polarimetric measurements on samples of corn and rice fields. Results show that the estimates of the thickness of the vegetation layer and the ground topography are reasonably accurate for a wide range of frequencies and baselines. Moreover, some interesting results are also obtained when using only dual-polarized data, which brings up new applications for present and future spaceborne missions.

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:43 ,  Issue: 4 )