Agricultural monitoring with Polarimetric SAR and Polarimetric-Interferometric SAR
Current research activities are focused on the development and validation of methodologies for estimation of crop condition (e.g. crop height, extinction coefficients and growth stage) by means of Polarimetric SAR (Pol-SAR) and Polarimetric SAR Interferometry (Pol-InSAR).
These studies may help to characterize the morphology and the dielectric properties of different crop types, as well as the interaction of the vegetation with polarized waves at different frequencies. The current studies focus on:
- Estimation of the morphology and the growth stage of rice fields using a probabilistic inversion of a morphology based polarimetric electromagnetic scattering model by Onur YUZUGULLU
- Multi-parameter (i.e. multi-frequency, -baseline, -temporal) Pol-InSAR inversion for biophysical parameters (e.g. height, extinction coefficients) retrieval from airborne data by Manuele PICHIERRI
- These studies may help in devising new acquisition strategies for crop parameter estimation (such as airborne campaigns or future satellite missions like Tandem-L).