Journal of Geology & Geophysics

Journal of Geology & Geophysics
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Ralph R Ferraro

Ralph R Ferraro

University of Maryland

  • Research Article
    Microwave Polarization and Gradient Ratio (MPGR) for Global Land Surface Phenology
    Author(s): Mukesh Singh Boori* and Ralph R FerraroMukesh Singh Boori* and Ralph R Ferraro

    Satellite-generated brightness temperatures (BT) are largely influenced by soil moisture and vegetation cover. Microwave polarization and gradient ratio (MPGR) is an effective indicator for characterizing the land surface phenology from sensors like EOS Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E).The MPGR combines the microwave gradient ratio with polarization ratio to determine surface characteristics (i.e., bare soil/developed, ice, and water) and under cloud covered conditions when this information cannot be obtained using optical remote sensing data. This investigation uses the HDF Explorer, Matlab, and ArcGIS software to process the pixel latitude, longitude, and BT information from the AMSR-E imagery. This paper uses the polarization and gradient ratio from AMSR-E BT for 6.9, 10.7, 18.7, 23.8, 36.5, and 89.0GHz to identify seventeen land cover types. A smaller MPGR indicates.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2329-6755.1000114

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