Active Layer Thickness Throughout Northern Alaska by Upscaling from P-Band Polarimetric Sar Retrievals

J. Whitcomb, R. Chen, D. Clewley, J. Kimball, N. Pastick, Y. Yi, M. Moghaddam

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Abstract

Knowledge of the spatial and temporal distribution of active layer thickness (ALT) throughout northern Alaska would help to understand the effects of climate change in the region, as well as to quantify how much the permafrost degradation manifestly in progress there is contributing to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. For this reason, we are developing extensive high-resolution maps of ALT in northern Alaska. We use machine learning along with an extensive set of spatial data layers to upscale ALT from thousands of training pixels taken from high resolution swaths of estimated ALT derived from airborne polarimetric P-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR). The resulting maps of up-scaled ALT have been compared to thousands of validation samples set aside from the PolSAR-derived swaths and to in situ ALT measurements. The maps have achieved root-mean-square errors (RMSEs) of 5-7 cm relative to validation samples, and RMSEs of approximately 10-12 cm relative to in situ ALT measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIGARSS 2022 - 2022 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3660-3663
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781665427920
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2022 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: Jul 17 2022Jul 22 2022

Publication series

NameInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Volume2022-July

Conference

Conference2022 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2022
Country/TerritoryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period07/17/2207/22/22

Keywords

  • ABoVE
  • ALT
  • Random Forests
  • Upscaling

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