Economic, social, and environmental planning for a carbon-constrained future requires a capacity to monitor climate change impacts on vegetation and soil moisture at a level of detail that does not currently exist.
While radar measurements from satellites can provide this important information, the signals are confounded by complex interactions with the earth surface.
Specifically, terrain micro-topography, vegetation structure/ biomass, and the underlying soil moisture status, all interact together in an intricate way.
Using airborne radar data together with detailed ground measurements, models of this complex interaction will be developed and tested for subsequent time-series application to satellite data across Australia.
For further Project detail, see SMAPEx.
1. Regional flights of the SMAPEx1&2 campaigns were fully processed and archived. PLIS calibration / PLIS issues reports were updated.
2. A full-length paper describing the biomass retrieval from multi-temporal/polarimetric PLIS data was prepared, pending the inclusion of non-parametric model analysis.
3. Work on biomass estimation using radar and lidar synergies was initiated using a water cloud model. A two-layered forest backscatter model was also developed and tested.
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