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.
The project team have submitted 3 papers to journals and 14 to conferences. You can find the papers and comment at the blog...