Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXVIII-8/W20, 34-39, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XXXVIII-8-W20-34-2011
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31 Aug 2012
MICROWAVE REMOTE SENSING IN SOIL QUALITY ASSESSMENT
S. K. Saha Agriculture and Soils Division, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO), 4, Kalidas Road, Dehradun – 248001, India
Keywords: Microwave Remote Sensing, Soil Quality, Soil Salinity, Soil Erosion, Soil Physical Properties, Soil Roughness Abstract. Information of spatial and temporal variations of soil quality (soil properties) is required for various purposes of sustainable agriculture development and management. Traditionally, soil quality characterization is done by in situ point soil sampling and subsequent laboratory analysis. Such methodology has limitation for assessing the spatial variability of soil quality. Various researchers in recent past showed the potential utility of hyperspectral remote sensing technique for spatial estimation of soil properties. However, limited research studies have been carried out showing the potential of microwave remote sensing data for spatial estimation of various soil properties except soil moisture. This paper reviews the status of microwave remote sensing techniques (active and passive) for spatial assessment of soil quality parameters such as soil salinity, soil erosion, soil physical properties (soil texture & hydraulic properties; drainage condition); and soil surface roughness. Past and recent research studies showed that both active and passive microwave remote sensing techniques have great potentials for assessment of these soil qualities (soil properties). However, more research studies on use of multi-frequency and full polarimetric microwave remote sensing data and modelling of interaction of multi-frequency and full polarimetric microwave remote sensing data with soil are very much needed for operational use of satellite microwave remote sensing data in soil quality assessment.
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Citation: Saha, S. K.: MICROWAVE REMOTE SENSING IN SOIL QUALITY ASSESSMENT, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXVIII-8/W20, 34-39, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XXXVIII-8-W20-34-2011, 2011.

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