Data Analysis and SWE Retrieval of Airborne SAR Data AT X Band and KU Bands

Conference Paper

Snow water equivalent (SWE) is an important characteristic of a terrestrial hydrological cycle that needs to be retrieved in any global snow satellite mission. Many retrieval algorithms have been proposed based on microwave backscattering of snow packs. And X and Ku bands have been a focus on many of these past and future missions. In this paper we analyse the airborne X(9.6 GHz) and Ku (17.2 GHz) band data of the SnowSAR 2017 campaign and the University of Massachusetts InSAR Ku (13.3 GHz) band data using the bi-continuous dense media radiative transfer (DMRT) model. In-situ measurements of density, temperature and specific surface area (SSA) from the snow pits are used as physical parameters and are used in estimating the numerical parameters (zeta) and b which characterizes the model. The background effects such as rough surface scattering are also removed from the airborne data and only the volume scattering is analyzed. Overcoming limitations in other models such as the sticky sphere model, the bi-continuous media model gives a more realistic representation of snow microstructure and has a weaker frequency dependence.

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Cited Authors

  • Borah, FK; Tsang, L; Kang, DK; Kim, E; Siqueira, P; Barros, A; Durand, M

Published Date

  • January 1, 2022

Published In

  • International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (Igarss)

Volume / Issue

  • 2022-July /

Start / End Page

  • 4252 - 4255

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781665427920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/IGARSS46834.2022.9884965

Citation Source

  • Scopus