Radio brightness validation on different spatial scales during the SMOS validation campaign 2010 in the Rur catchment, Germany

C. Montzka, H. Bogena, L. Weihermüller, F. Jonard, M. Dimitrov, C. Bouzinac, J. Kainulainen, J.E. Balling, J. Vanderborght, H. Vereecken

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    ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission has been launched in November 2009 and delivers now brightness temperature and soil moisture products over terrestrial areas on a regular three day basis. In 2010 several airborne campaigns were conducted to validate the SMOS products with microwave emission radiometers at L-band (1.4 GHz). In this paper we present the activities performed in the Rur and Erft catchment, which is situated in the very west of Germany close to the borders to Belgium and The Netherlands. Measurements of the L-band sensors EMIRAD and HUT-2D on board a Skyvan aircraft as well as ground-based mobile measurements with the JÜLBARA radiometer mounted on a truck are analyzed in a qualitative comparison for different crop stands. These data can be used for validation of the SMOS sensor by giving valuable information about parameters for the radiative transfer modeling. © 2011 IEEE.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2011, Vancouver, BC, 24 July 2011 - 29 July 2011
    Place of PublicationVancouver, Canada
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4577-1005-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 24 Jul 201129 Jul 2011

    Publication series

    NameIEEE International Symposium on Geoscience and Remote Sensing IGARSS
    ISSN (Print)2153-6996


    ConferenceInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
    Abbreviated titleIGARSS


    • brightness temperature
    • radiometer
    • SMOS Validation
    • soil moisture


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