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Evaluation of RADARSAT ScanSAR synthetic aperture radar data for rice crop inventory and monitoring

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Radarsat ScanSAR Narrow (SN2) data acquired on July 24 and August 17, 1997 were used to analyse the signature of rice crop in West Bengal, India. The analysis showed that the lowland practice of cultivation gives a distinct signature to rice due to the initial water background. The relatively stable backscatter from water bodies in temporal data enhanced the separability of rice fields from water using two date data. Around 94 per cent classification accuracy was achieved for rice crop using two date data. It was feasible to discriminate rice sub-classes based on their planting period like early and late crop. The analysis indicates the suitability of ScanSAR data for large area rice crop monitoring as it has a wide swath of 300 km.

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Correspondence to S. Panigrahy or M. Chakraborty or K. R. Manjunath or N. Kundu or J. S. Parihar.

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Panigrahy, S., Chakraborty, M., Manjunath, K.R. et al. Evaluation of RADARSAT ScanSAR synthetic aperture radar data for rice crop inventory and monitoring. J Indian Soc Remote Sens 28, 59 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02991861

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  • Rice Field
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar Image
  • Rice Crop
  • Lowland Rice