Remote Sens. 2009, 1(4), 992-1008; doi:10.3390/rs1040992
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Estimating Flow Resistance of Wetlands Using SAR Images and Interaction Models

1 Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio (IAFE), Ciudad Universitaria, 1428 Buenos Aires, Argentina 2 Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (FCEyN), Dpto. de Física, Ciudad Universitaria, Pab. I, 1428 Buenos Aires, Argentina 3 Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Ingeniería (FIUBA), Grupo de Medios Porosos, Av. Paseo Colón 850, C1063ACV, Buenos Aires, Argentina 4 Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Facoltà di Ingegneria, Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemi e Produzione (DISP), Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Roma, Italy
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Received: 23 September 2009; in revised form: 4 November 2009 / Accepted: 10 November 2009 / Published: 13 November 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microwave Remote Sensing)
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Abstract: The inability to monitor wetland drag coefficients at a regional scale is rooted in the difficulty to determine vegetation structure from remote sensing data. Based on the fact that the backscattering coefficient is sensitive to marsh vegetation structure, this paper presents a methodology to estimate the drag coefficient from a combination of SAR images, interaction models and ancillary data. We use as test case a severe fire event occurred in the Paraná River Delta (Argentina) at the beginning of 2008, when 10% of the herbaceous vegetation was burned up. A map of the reduction of the wetland drag coefficient is presented.
Keywords: wetland management; marsh hydraulic conductivity; Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR); microwave interaction model

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Salvia, M.; Franco, M.; Grings, F.; Perna, P.; Martino, R.; Karszenbaum, H.; Ferrazzoli, P. Estimating Flow Resistance of Wetlands Using SAR Images and Interaction Models. Remote Sens. 2009, 1, 992-1008.

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Salvia M, Franco M, Grings F, Perna P, Martino R, Karszenbaum H, Ferrazzoli P. Estimating Flow Resistance of Wetlands Using SAR Images and Interaction Models. Remote Sensing. 2009; 1(4):992-1008.

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Salvia, Mercedes; Franco, Mariano; Grings, Francisco; Perna, Pablo; Martino, Roman; Karszenbaum, Haydee; Ferrazzoli, Paolo. 2009. "Estimating Flow Resistance of Wetlands Using SAR Images and Interaction Models." Remote Sens. 1, no. 4: 992-1008.

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