Radiobrightness validation on different spatial scales during the SMOS validation campaign 2010 in the Rur catchment, germany

C. Montzka, H. Bogena, L. Weihermueller, F. Jonard, M. Dimitrov, C. Bouzinac, J. Kainulainen, J. E. Balling, J. Vanderborght, H. Vereecken

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Abstract

ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission has been launched in November 2009 and delivers now brightness temperature and soil moisture products over terrestrial areas on a regular three day basis. In 2010 several airborne campaigns were conducted to validate the SMOS products with microwave emission radiometers at L-band (1.4 GHz). In this paper we present the activities performed in the Rur and Erft catchment, which is situated in the very west of Germany close to the borders to Belgium and The Netherlands. Measurements of the L-band sensors EMIRAD and HUT-2D on board a Skyvan aircraft as well as ground- based mobile measurements with the JULBARA radiometer mounted on a truck are analyzed in a qualitative comparison for different crop stands. These data can be used for validation of the SMOS sensor by giving valuable information about parameters for the radiative transfer modeling.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Sympositum (IGARSS)
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2011
Pages3760-3763
ISBN (Print) 978-1-4577-1003-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 24 Jul 201129 Jul 2011
http://igarss11.org/

Conference

Conference2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period24/07/201129/07/2011
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Keywords

  • SMOS Validation
  • Soil moisture
  • Brightness temperature
  • Radiometer

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