Sign in

A new perspective on global vegetation water dynamics from radar satellite data

Monitoring radar backscatter

Improved understanding of how vegetation regulates land-atmosphere exchanges of water, carbon and energy will benefit hydrology, water management and climate science. Radar backscatter depends on soil moisture, vegetation structure, and the moisture content of the vegetation constituents. Satellite radar observations could therefore provide unique insight into how water is pumped from the soil to the atmosphere through vegetation, and how this pumping is regulated by the vegetation’s physiological response to environmental conditions.

The Advanced Scatterometer on the Metop series allows us to monitor radar backscatter as a function of incidence angle. For the first time, this information will be used to study global vegetation water dynamics to better understand the role of vegetation in the water, energy and carbon cycles.

Participating organisations

Delft University of Technology
Netherlands eScience Center

Team

FN
Francesco Nattino
eScience Research Engineer
Netherlands eScience Center
Meiert Grootes
Meiert Grootes
eScience Research Engineer
Netherlands eScience Center
Sonja Georgievska
Sonja Georgievska
eScience Research Engineer
Netherlands eScience Center
SS
Susan Steele-Dunne
Principal investigator
Delft University of Technology
YD
Yifat Dzigan
eScience Coordinator
Netherlands eScience Center

Related projects

Scaling up pangenomics for plant breeding

Delivering a pangenome approach that drastically improves the analytical power on plant data

Updated 6 days ago
Running

RETURN - Monitoring tropical forest recovery capacity using RADAR Sentinel satellite data

Demonstrating the potential of European Sentinel satellite data

Updated 6 days ago
Finished

Blue-Action

Arctic impact on weather and climate

Updated 6 days ago
Finished

TWEX

Translating weather extremes into the future – a case for Norway

Updated 6 days ago
Finished