Remote Sensing Applications and Decision Support

Method for soil moisture retrieval in arid prairie using TerraSAR-X data

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Xiaojing Bai, Binbin He, Minfeng Xing, Xiaowen Li

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, School of Resources and Environment, No. 2006, Xiyuan Avenue, West Hi-Tech Zone, Chengdu 611731, China

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 9(1), 096062 (Apr 20, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.9.096062
History: Received December 7, 2014; Accepted March 24, 2015
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Abstract.  In arid prairie, soil moisture has a substantial impact on the prairie resource management. The synthetic aperture radar (SAR) based soil moisture retrieval is often hampered by vegetation effects on the backscattering coefficient. A new method has been proposed to retrieve soil moisture using TerraSAR-X data. The developed method included bare soil backscattering σppsoilo simulation, vegetation effect correction, and the relationship between σppsoilo and soil moisture establishment. The bare soil surface was described using the forward advanced integral equation model. The vegetation influence was eliminated through an empirical ratio method. Soil moisture was retrieved from the estimated σppsoilo. The collected datasets in Wutumeiren prairie were used to verify the developed method. Four different vegetation variables were incorporated to separate the influence of vegetation, including leaf area index (LAI), normalized difference vegetation index, enhanced vegetation index, and vegetation water content, respectively. The lowest soil moisture inversion error was found when LAI was applied to decouple the effect of vegetation, which led the root mean square error to reach up to 5.02 vol.%. From the perspective of experiment results, LAI was recommended to characterize the scattering mechanism of vegetation. These results indicated that TerraSAR-X data have an operational potential for soil moisture retrieval in arid prairie.

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Xiaojing Bai ; Binbin He ; Minfeng Xing and Xiaowen Li
"Method for soil moisture retrieval in arid prairie using TerraSAR-X data", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 9(1), 096062 (Apr 20, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.9.096062


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