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A composite discrete-continuous approach to model the microwave emission of vegetation

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5 Author(s)
J. -P. Wigneron ; INRA/Bioclimatologie, Montfavet, France ; J. -C. Calvet ; A. Chanzy ; O. Grosjean
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A new approach to model the microwave emission of vegetation is described in the paper. The modeling is based on the combination of both the discrete approach to simulate single scattering albedo ω and the continuous approach to simulate vegetation scattering effects. This composite model COMPOS is designed first to account for absorption effects in a more accurate way than the continuous approach and secondly to remain relevant for inversion procedures. Sensitivity studies showed that the use of a priori information about the vegetation structure is relevant to simulate ω. So, a reduced number of input parameters can be used in the composite model. Simulations of single scattering albedo ω, of canopy opacity and of wheat emissivity have been compared with several sets of radiometric data. The comparisons show that the composite approach simulations are consistent with the microwave observations

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 1 )