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A simple approximate relation between backscattering coefficient and emissivity measurements is derived. The relation is applicable to active and passive microwave remote sensing of earth terrain where volume scattering plays a dominant role. From the relation, one can obtain a rough estimate of the backscattering coefficient from the emissivity and vice versa. Such estimation is useful in checking experimental measurements and also helps to ascertain the validity of theoretical models. It also safeguards against obtaining arbitrarily high values for both backscattering coefficients and emissivities.