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Abstract

This paper outlines the operational feasibility of very early earth resource satellite (ERS) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) based acreage estimation of nonagriculture land (set-aside, fallow, bare soils) and economically important crops, already during the winter season. This experiment has been carried out in a preoperational real time environment (rapid data order, acquisition, delivery, processing and exploitation). Results, obtained in March 1995 have been used as a support to the Rapid Estimates of the European MARS (Monitoring of Agriculture with Remote Sensing) project. They are confronted here to the first Systeme Probatoire d'Observation de la Terre (SPOT) based estimates from the Monitoring of Agriculture with Remote Sensing (MARS) project obtained two months later.

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Authors: NEZRY E, JRC Ispra (IT);GENOVESE G, JRC Ispra (IT);SOLAAS G A, JRC Ispra (IT);REMONDIERE S, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Retrieval of Bio and Geophysical Parameters from SAR Data for Land Applications, Toulouse (FR), October 9-13, 1995
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39461 ORA
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