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Global Scale Mapping of Subsurface Scattering Signals Impacting ASCAT Soil Moisture Retrievals

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posted on 2023-08-31, 04:02 authored by Wolfgang WagnerWolfgang Wagner, Roland Lindorfer, Sebastian Hahn, Hyingglok Kim, Mariette Vreugdenhil, Alexander Gruber, Milan Fischer, Miroslav Trnka

Microwave pulses can penetrate several centimeters to decimeters into dry soils. As a result, active microwave sensors are sensitive to discontinuities in the soil profile caused by the presence of stones, rocks or distinct soil layers. Such subsurface scattering effects can disturb the retrieval of soil moisture, vegetation and other land surface properties from active microwave measurements. In this study we mapped subsurface scatterers impacting C-band backscatter measurements acquired by the Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT) on a global scale. Users of ASCAT soil moisture data distributed by the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management are recommended to use the subsurface scattering masks generated within this study.

Funding

European Structural and Investment Funds (CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16 019/0000797)

Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG Pr.No. FO999892643)

EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management (H SAF)

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Email Address of Submitting Author

wolfgang.wagner@geo.tuwien.ac.at

ORCID of Submitting Author

0000-0001-7704-6857

Submitting Author's Institution

Technische Universit├Ąt Wien (TU Wien)

Submitting Author's Country

  • Austria

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