Thomas Schmugge
USDA/ARS Hydrology LaboratoryBeltsville,
Maryland 20705,

Thomas Schmugge is a research physical scientist in the USDA Hydrology Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland working on the application of remote sensing techniques to the study of land surface hydrologic processes. His research interests include the use of microwave and thermal infrared remote sensing techniques to observe such parameters as; soil moisture, surface temperature, and evapotranspiration. He has working with microwave radiometers for the remote sensing of soil moisture for more than 25 years. He is particularly interested in the possible use dual angle/dual polarization observations for vegetation studies.

Schmugge, T.J. and Jackson, T.J., 1992. A Dielectric Model of the Vegetation Effects on the Microwave Emission from Soils. IEEE Tran Geosci and Remote Sensing, 30, pp 757-760.

Schmugge, T.J., Jackson, T.J., Kustas, W.P., Roberts, R., Parry, R., Goodrich, D., Amer, S. and Weltz, M.A., 1994. PBMR Observations of Surface Soil Moisture in Monsoon 90. Water Resour. Res., 30, 1321-1327.

Jackson, T.J., LeVine, D.M., Swift, C.T. and Schmugge, T., 1995. Large Area Mapping of Soil Moisture Using the ESTAR Passive Microwave Radiometer. Rem. Sens. Environ., 54, 27-37.

Hollenbeck, K.J., Schmugge, T.J., Hornberger, G.M. and Wang, J.R., 1996. Identifying soil hydraulic heterogeneity by detection of relative change in passive microwave remote sensing observations. Water Resources Research, 32, 139-148.

Chanzy, A., Schmugge, T.J., Calvet, J.-C., Kerr, Y., van Oevelen, P., Grosjean, O., and Wang, J.R., 1997. Airborne microwave radiometry on a semi-arid area during HAPEX-Sahel. Journal of Hydrology, 188, 287-311.

Role in the SMOS mission:

I will work on quantifying the sensitivity of the dual polarization/ dual angle observations to vegetation biomass before launch. I think this is potentially the most significant product to come out of the SMOS activities. After launch I would like to use the SMOS data to quantify the annual cycle of vegetation biomass variations.

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