Axel Bronstert

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The estimation of volumetric soil moisture under low agricultural vegetation from fully polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data at L-band using a multi-angular polarimetric decomposition is investigated. Radar polarimetry provides the framework to decompose the backscattered signal into different canonical scattering mechanisms referring to(More)
Flood detention areas serve the primary purpose of controlled water storage during large flood events in order to decrease the flood risk downstream along the river. These areas are often used for agricultural production. While various damage estimation methods exist for urban areas, there are only a few, most often simpler approaches for loss estimation in(More)
The results of streamflow trend studies are often characterized by mostly insignificant trends and inexplicable spatial patterns. In our study region, Western Austria, this applies especially for trends of annually averaged runoff. However, analysing the altitudinal aspect, we found that there is a trend gradient from higher-altitude to lower-altitude(More)
The paper presents an upscaled application of the HBV model to the German part of the Elbe drainage basin, and intercomparison of lumped and distributed versions of the model. The objectives of the work were (a) to check the model performance for large-scale basins, and (b) to compare the lumped and distributed versions of the model. Three versions of the(More)
The 933 km<sup>2</sup> Bengue&#x0302; catchment in northeastern Brazil is characterized by distinct rainy and dry seasons. Precipitation is stored in variously sized reservoirs, which is essential for the local population. In this study, we used TerraSAR-X SM (HH) data for an one-year monitoring of seasonal changes in the reservoir areas from July 2011 to(More)
CSIRO Land and Water, GPO Box 1666, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia. E-Mail:, ICAM, SRES, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, Carl von Ossietzsky University Oldenburg, Germany, University of Potsdam, Germany, Lisec NV, Genk, Belgium, Hydrologic Solutions, Pantymwyn,(More)
Soil moisture retrieval under agricultural vegetation is assessed by a hybrid decomposition and inversion algorithm using fully polarimetric SAR data of DLR's E-SAR system at L-band. The results for the AgriSAR and SARTEO campaigns, conducted in 2006 and 2008 within the Peene and the Rur catchment, reveal a very high inversion rate leading to a spatially(More)
In hydrological and soil erosion modelling at large spatial scales, semi-distributed approaches may use representative hillslope profiles to reproduce landscape variability. Until now, the process of delineating landscape units as homogeneous parts of the landscape with regard to their terrain, vegetation, and soil properties required expert knowledge and(More)
In this paper, we analyse the effectiveness of flood management measures based on the concept known as “retaining water in the landscape”. The investigated measures include afforestation, micro-ponds and small-reservoirs. A comparative and model-based methodological approach has been developed and applied for three meso-scale catchments located in different(More)