Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 11, 483–496, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-483-2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 483–496, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-483-2017

Research article 10 Feb 2017

Research article | 10 Feb 2017

Active-layer thickness estimation from X-band SAR backscatter intensity

Barbara Widhalm et al.

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Short summary
The active layer above the permafrost, which seasonally thaws during summer, is an important parameter for monitoring the state of permafrost. Its thickness is typically measured locally. The relationship between active-layer thickness (ALT) and X-band SAR backscatter of TerraSAR-X has been investigated in order to explore the possibility of delineating ALT with continuous and larger spatial coverage.