Microwave Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces

Techniques and Methods

Remote Sensing Observations of Continental Surfaces SET coordinated by André Mariotti

Microwave Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces

Edited by

Nicolas Baghdadi, IRSTEA, France
Mehrez Zribi, CNRS, France

ISBN : 9781785481598

Publication Date : October 2016

Hardcover 448 pp

150 USD



Recent progress in microwave remote sensing (instrumentation, data processing and analysis methods) has placed it at the heart of various international programs for the monitoring of the climate and impact of human-based changes to the environment.

This volume presents the physical and technical principles of different types of microwave sensors, including synthetic aperture radar (SAR), radar satellite altimetry, passive microwaves, space gravimetry, and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reflectometry. The reconstruction of digital terrain models from SAR measurements is also discussed. Finally, assimilation methods of spatial data in environment models, which are essential for optimizing the use of these data, are proposed.

This book, part of a set of six volumes, has been produced by scientists who are internationally renowned in their fields. It is addressed to students (engineers, Masters, PhD), engineers and scientists, specialists in Earth observation techniques and imaging systems.

Through this pedagogical work, the authors contribute to breaking down the barriers that hinder the use of Earth observation data.


1. Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging by Laurent Ferro-Famil and Eric Pottier.
2. SAR Imaging using Coherent Modes of Diversity: SAR Polarimetry, Interferometry and Tomography by Laurent Ferro-Famil and Eric Pottier.
3. The Principles of DTM Reconstruction from SAR Images by Jean-Marie Nicolas and Florence Tupin.
4. Principles of Radar Satellite Altimetry for Application on Inland Waters by Stéphane Calmant, Jean-François Crétaux and Frédérique Rémy.
5. Passive Low Frequency Microwaves: Principles, Radiative Transfer, Physics of Measurements by Jean-Pierre Wigneron and Yann Kerr.
6. Space Gravimetry Using GRACE Satellite Mission: Basic Concepts by Guillaume Ramillien, Frédéric Frappart and Lucía Seoane.
7. The Reflected Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS-R): from Theory to Practice by José Darrozes, Nicolas Roussel and Mehrez Zribi.
8. Data Assimilation of Satellite Observations by Catherine Ottlé and Jean-François Mahfouf.

About the authors/editors

Nicolas Baghdadi is Research Director at IRSTEA in France. He is currently the scientific director of the French Land Data Centre (Theia).

Mehrez Zribi is Research Director at CNRS in France. He is currently active at CESBIO in Toulouse where he is also responsible for the team of observation systems.

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