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Microwave Penetration and Attenuation in Desert Soil: A Field Experiment with the Shuttle Imaging Radar

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4 Author(s)
Tom G. Farr ; Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109 ; Charles Elachi ; Philip Hartl ; K. Chowdhury

Receivers buried in the Nevada desert were used with the Shuttle Imaging Radar to measure microwave attenuation as a function of soil moisture in situ. Results agree closely with laboratory measureements of attenuation and suggest that penetration of tens of centimeters in desert soils is common for L-band (1.2-GHz) radar.

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:GE-24 ,  Issue: 4 )