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Radar detection of wetland ecosystems: a review

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Periodically, reviews of our knowledge of radar-wetland relationships and detection parameters have been provided by various authors. Since the publication of these works, additional research has been completed. Five major remote sensing journals spanning the years 1965-2007 formed the basis of this review. The vast majority of significant material found its way into these mainstream journals in one aspect or another. A short history of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)-wetlands discovery based on earlier reviews is followed by an update on radar-related wetland research. Although some trends emerged with regard to which wavelengths or polarizations to use, there was variation in optimum season/time of year and selection of multitemporal imagery. What is evident throughout the recent literature is that multidimensional radar data sets are attaining an accepted role in operational situations needing information on wetland presence, extent and conditions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Department of Geography and Planning, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY 12222 2: Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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