Monitoring Key Agricultural CROPS in the Netherlands using Sentinel-1

Susan Steele-Dunne, Saeed Khabbazan, Paul Vermunt, Lexy Ratering Arntz, Caterina Marinetti, Lorenzo Iannini, K. Westerdijk, C. van der Sande

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In this study, we performed ground validation to support the interpretation of Sentinel-1 imagery during a full growing season of five key crop types in the Netherlands. Crop height and growth stage were monitored weekly in a total of 25 parcels of maize, potato, sugar beet maize and English rye grass in the province of Flevoland. Hydrometeorological data were collected throughout the season. Here, these results are used to interpret time series of Sentinel-1 data processed for the province of Flevoland. Results demonstrate that Sentinel-1 data follow the phenological stages and can be used to identify key moments in crop development. Combined with the guaranteed availability of observations regardless of cloud cover, this makes Sentinel-l data a valuable resource for agencies and commercial entities providing advice to farmers and agro-industrial co-operatives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIGARSS 2018 - 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
EditorsJose Moreno
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-7150-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-7151-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventIGARSS 2018: 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium: Observing, Understanding And Forecasting The Dynamics Of Our Planet - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 22 Jul 201827 Jul 2018
Conference number: 38


ConferenceIGARSS 2018: 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Abbreviated titleIGARSS 2018
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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • vegetation
  • SAR
  • agriculture
  • crop monitoring
  • radar


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