Articles | Volume 13, issue 19
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-5453-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-5453-2016
Research article
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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, Barbara Widhalm, Peter Kuhry, Gustaf Hugelius, Juri Palmtag, and Matthias Benjamin Siewert

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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.
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