Integrating microwave and optical data for monitoring soil moisture

R. S. Morgan, M. Abd El-Hady, I. S. Rahim, Joel Silva, A. Berg

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In arid regions, such as Egypt, irrigation is the main source of water consumption and freshwater resources are getting scarcer. Therefore, the development of an appropriate irrigation water practices becomes a necessity. Soil moisture, in particular, plays a key role in any efficient water use strategy for agriculture. This study aims at suggesting a protocol for processing microwave data (Sentinel-1) supported by optical data (Landsat 8) with and without ancillary data and utilizing Artificial Neural Network (ANN) to provide repeatable, reliable and accurate estimation of soil moisture content and at a practical interval. The results of this study suggested two approaches for soil moisture predictions using Sentienl-1 data. The first approach depended totally on remote sensing data with a correlation of 0.76. The second approach is more suitable when accurate detailed field survey of soil field capacity is available and reached a correlation of about 0.98.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Living Planet Symposium 2016
EditorsL. Ouwehand
PublisherEuropean Space Agency
ISBN (Electronic)9789292213053
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016
EventLiving Planet Symposium 2016 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 9 May 201613 May 2016

Publication series

NameEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
ISSN (Print)0379-6566


ConferenceLiving Planet Symposium 2016
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


  • Landsat 8
  • Neural Network
  • Sentinel-1
  • Soil moisture content
  • Water resource management


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