Wednesday, September 25, 2013

SMAPEx and Rocco Panciera work in his seminar at Trento

Today Rocco gave his presentation here at his Alma Mater in Trento. Was a nice coming back and a beautiful presention of his work:

 Towards Global Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture: Australian Experiments

Abstract: Rocco panciera graduated from the University of trento in June 2013 with a thesis on distributed hydrological modelling under the supervision of Dr. Riccardo Rigon, and soon thereafter departed for the southern emisphere. He completed a Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne in 2010, with a thesis on remote sensing of near-surface soil moisture from airborne and spaceborne sensors, and since then has been working as a Research Fellow for the Australian Research Council, focusing on the estimation of soil moisture from airborne and spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). Global monitoring of soil moisture using spaceborne passive microwave and SAR sensors is rapidly evolving from research into application, with the launch of soil moisture dedicated missions such as the Soil Moisture and ocean Salinity (SMOS, 2009) and the future Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP, 2014) missions. Moreover, there is an increasing trend in the availability of global coverage from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) active microwave sensors such as SAOCOM, Sentinel-1, ALOS 2, Cosmo-SkyMed,  providing the opportunity for long-term temporally-dense series of microwave observations which are suitable for soil moisture monitoring at fine resolution (<1km).  Rocco was heavily involved in series of large-scale airborne experiments conducted in Australia in the 2005-2011 time frame that provided airborne data in support of algorithm development for soil moisture estimation from such missions. This presentation reports on such experiments and a number of research activities emerging from those related to the estimation of near-surface soil moisture and vegetation type and biomass from passive microwave and SAR observations.

Click on the figure to see the presentation slides.

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