Sep 19, 2014

Radar remote sensing – research for agriculture and climate

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(19 September 2014) The 2014 harvest season is coming to an end, and throughout Germany the signs are of good yields for wheat, corn and similar crops.

But the differences are large depending on the location. Hence, for optimum cultivation, it is important to be constantly aware of the condition of the soil and the crops. Radar images are particularly suitable for providing large-scale observations – using an aircraft or a satellite.

Techniques and processes specific to radar remote sensing are being developed at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen. The scientists have almost completed their test campaign for 2014 and have generated a comprehensive set of high-resolution radar images of agricultural areas that provide information on the entire growing period for crops. The radar measurements by aircraft and satellite were carried out from May to September 2014 over Wallerfing, near Deggendorf, in Bavaria. The data is supplemented with detailed measurements taken on the ground.

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