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Polarimetric signatures of a coniferous forest canopy based on vector radiative transfer theoryComplete polarization signatures of a coniferous forest canopy are studied by the iterative solution of the vector radiative transfer equations up to the second order. The forest canopy constituents (leaves, branches, stems, and trunk) are embedded in a multi-layered medium over a rough interface. The branches, stems and trunk scatterers are modeled as finite randomly oriented cylinders. The leaves are modeled as randomly oriented needles. For a plane wave exciting the canopy, the average Mueller matrix is formulated in terms of the iterative solution of the radiative transfer solution and used to determine the linearly polarized backscattering coefficients, the co-polarized and cross-polarized power returns, and the phase difference statistics. Numerical results are presented to investigate the effect of transmitting and receiving antenna configurations on the polarimetric signature of a pine forest. Comparison is made with measurements.
Document ID
19930063761
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Karam, M. A. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Fung, A. K. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Amar, F. (Texas Univ. Arlington, United States)
Mougin, E. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Lopes, A. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Beaudoin, A. (Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements Toulouse, France)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: In: IGARSS '92; Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Houston, TX, May 26-29, 1992. Vol. 1 (A93-47551 20-43)
Subject Category
EARTH RESOURCES AND REMOTE SENSING
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAGW-2344
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other

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IDRelationTitle19930063554Analytic PrimaryIGARSS '92; Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Houston, TX, May 26-29, 1992. Vols. 1 & 2