Satellite microwave remote sensing of flooding Academic Article uri icon


  • The ability of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Microwave Imager (TMI) for flooding and soil wetness detection has been demonstrated in this study. On the basis of TMI measurements, four methods, the classification method, the soil wetness index (SWI) method, the polarization difference index (PDI) method, and the polarization ratio index (PRI) method, were brought out to monitor flooding and study soil wetness in the Changjiang and Huaihe River Basins during the summer 1998. Compared with the images provided by L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (L-SAR) and Radar Satellite (Radarsat) and the figures derived from daily rainfall data based on the Z-index method, the detection of flooding and soil wetness by TMI was proved to be feasible.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yao, Z., Li, W., Gao, H., Zhu, Y., Zhao, B., & Zhang, Q.

complete list of authors

  • Yao, Z||Li, W||Gao, H||Zhu, Y||Zhao, B||Zhang, Q

publication date

  • January 2004