The airborne EMIRAD L-band radiometer system

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    This paper describes the EMIRAD L-band radiometer, developed in support of the ESA/SMOS mission. The instrument is a fully polarimetric, dual antenna system, built with special focus on antenna accuracy, receiver stability, and detection and mitigation of radio frequency interference (RFI). The EMIRAD system has been installed on three different airborne platforms for measurements of sea surface signatures and salinity, soil moisture, and the homogeneity of the Antarctic SMOS calibration site. The installations are shown in the paper, and some major results for ocean and ice observations are given.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of IGARSS 2013
    Number of pages4
    Publication date2013
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-1114-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event2013 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 21 Jul 201326 Jul 2013


    Conference2013 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
    Internet address
    SeriesIEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings


    • calibration
    • moisture measurement
    • oceanographic equipment
    • oceanographic techniques
    • radio receivers
    • radiofrequency interference
    • radiometers
    • receiving antennas
    • salinity (geophysical)
    • surface topography measurement
    • Fields, Waves and Electromagnetics
    • airborne EMIRAD L-band radiometer system
    • Antarctic SMOS calibration site
    • Antennas
    • Calibration
    • ESA-SMOS mission
    • Field programmable gate arrays
    • L-band
    • Microwave radiometry
    • Noise
    • polarimetric dual antenna system
    • Radio Frequency Interference
    • Radiometer
    • receiver stability
    • RFI
    • Salinity
    • sea surface measurement
    • SMOS
    • soil moisture


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