The effect of topography on radar scattering from vegetated areasIt is shown how radar scattering from vegetated areas is affected by the topography of the surface underneath the vegetation, and that by the use of a discrete scatterer model the dominant scattering mechanism may change drastically when the ground surface is tilted relative to the horizontal. In the case of a horizontal ground surface total scattering may be dominated by scattering off the tree trunks, followed by a reflection off the ground surface. It is shown that for a relatively small tilt in the ground surface the ground-trunk interaction term may be replaced by scattering from the branches alone as the dominant scattering mechanism. The effect of the topography is more pronounced for scattering by longer wavelengths. The implications for algorithms designed to infer forest woody biomass and soil and vegetation moisture using polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data are discussed.
Van Zyl, Jakob J. (JPL Pasadena, CA, United States)
August 16, 2013
January 1, 1992
Publication: In: IGARSS '92; Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Houston, TX, May 26-29, 1992. Vol. 2 (A93-47551 20-43)
EARTH RESOURCES AND REMOTE SENSING
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