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Marzahn, Philip ORCID: 0000-0001-6294-120X; Ludwig, Ralf ORCID: 0000-0002-4225-4098 (2016): Using multi-dimensional microwave remote sensing information for the retrieval of soil surface roughness. In: International archives of photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences, Vol. 41, No. B8: pp. 1257-1262


In this Paper the potential of multi parametric polarimetric SAR (PolSAR) data for soil surface roughness estimation is investigated and its potential for hydrological modeling is evaluated. The study utilizes microwave backscatter collected from the Demmin test-site in the North-East Germany during AgriSAR 2006 campaign using fully polarimetric L-Band airborne SAR data. For ground truthing extensive soil surface roughness in addition to various other soil physical properties measurements were carried out using photogrammetric image matching techniques. The correlation between ground truth roughness indices and three well established polarimetric roughness estimators showed only good results for Re[rho RRLL] and the RMS Height s. Results in form of multi-temporal roughness maps showed only satisfying results due to the fact that the presence and development of particular plants affected the derivation. However roughness derivation for bare soil surfaces showed promising results.