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Biogeosciences, 13, 5453–5470, 2016
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Biogeosciences, 13, 5453–5470, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-5453-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 30 Sep 2016

Research article | 30 Sep 2016

Can C-band synthetic aperture radar be used to estimate soil organic carbon storage in tundra?

Annett Bartsch et al.
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A new approach for the estimation of soil organic carbon (SOC) pools north of the tree line has been developed based on synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data from the ENVISAT satellite. It can be shown that measurements of C-band SAR under frozen conditions represent vegetation and surface structure properties which relate to soil properties, specifically SOC. The approach provides the first spatially consistent account of soil organic carbon across the Arctic.
A new approach for the estimation of soil organic carbon (SOC) pools north of the tree line has...
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