Agricultural Monitoring with Spaceborne X-band SAR Data

Wolfgang Koppe, Martin Leon Gnyp, Yinkun Yao, Yuxin Miao & Georg Bareth
In this study, we investigated the use of TerraSAR-X Spotlight data for monitoring rice cultivation in the Sanjiang Plain, Northeast China. Multi-temporal TerraSAR-X data acquired in dual polarization mode (HH/VV) were analysed to assess the potential of a high resolution X-band spaceborne sensor for rice productivity mapping and yield prediction. Satellite data were acquired from June to August 2009 in conjunction with ground truth information of the crop canopy, such as LAI, plant height, tiller...