Dr. Thomas Jagdhuber

associate lecturer
Physical Geography and Climate Science
Phone: +49 8153-28 2329
Email: Thomas.Jagdhuber@dlr.de
Address: Alter Postweg 118, 86159 Augsburg


Thomas Jagdhuber was born in Munich, Germany, in 1979. He received his Diploma degree (with honors) in physical geography, physics, remote sensing  and geoinformatics from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany, in 2006 and his Dr. degree (with honors) from the Faculty of Science at the University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, in 2012. His main research interests include physics-based multi-sensor data integration with focus on active and passive microwave interaction theory and on polarimetric SAR techniques for hydrological, cryospheric and agricultural parameter modeling and estimation. Since 2007 he is affiliated with the Microwaves and Radar Institute (HR) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In 2014 he was honored with the DLR Science Award for his research on polarimetric decomposition techniques. From 2014 through 2019, he was a yearly visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA, contributing to the preparation and continuation of the SMAP and SMAP/Sentinel-1 missions. Together with Prof. Dr. Entekhabi (MIT), he was awarded with the MIT-MISTI grant for global water cycle and environmental monitoring using active and passive satellite-based microwave instruments. In addition, Dr. Jagdhuber serves as a lecturer for the University of Jena and the University of Augsburg as well as a reviewer for several international journals and conference boards.


Jagdhuber, T., Baur, M., Akbar, R., Das, N.N., Link, M., He, L., Entekhabi, D.: Estimation of Active-Passive Microwave Covariation Using SMAP and Sentinel-1 Data, Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 225, 2019, pp.458-468.

Peng, J., Dadson, S., Leng, G., Duan, Z., Jagdhuber, T., Guo, W., Ludwig, R.: Does Madden-Julian Oscillation have impacts on the variability of global dry/wet conditions?. Journal of Hydrology, vol. 571, 2019, pp.142-149.

Szigarski, C., Jagdhuber, T., Baur, M., Thiel, C., Parrens, M., Wigneron, J.-P., Piles, M., Entekhabi, D., Analysis of the Radar Vegetation Index and Potential for Improvement. Remote Sensing, 2018, vol. 10, no. 1776, doi:10.3390/rs10111776.

Lorenz, C., Montzka, C., Jagdhuber, T., Laux P., Kunstmann, H. Long-term and high-resolution global time series of brightness temperature from Copula-based fusion of SMAP Enhanced and SMOS data. MDPI Remote Sensing, 2018, vol. 10, no. 1842, doi:10.3390/rs10111842.

Fersch, B., Jagdhuber, T., Schrön, M., Völksch, I. & Jäger, M. Synergies for Soil Moisture Retrieval Across Scales from Airborne Polarimetric SAR, Cosmic-Ray Neutron Roving, and an in situ Wireless Sensor Network. Water Resources Research, 2018, vol. 54, pp.9364-9383.

Jagdhuber, T., Konings, A.G., McColl, K.A., Alemohammad, S.H., Das, N.N., Montzka, C., Link, M., Akbar, R. & Entekhabi, D. Physics-Based Modeling of Active and Passive Microwave Covariation Over Vegetated Surfaces. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2018, Early Access, 10.1109/TGRS.2018.2860630, p. 1-15.

Alemohammad, S.H., Konings, A.G., Jagdhuber, T., Moghaddam, M. & Entekhabi, D. Characterization of Vegetation and Soil Scattering Mechanisms across Different Biomes using P-band SAR Polarimetry. Remote Sensing of Environment, 2018, vol. 208, pp. 107-117.

Ullmann, T., Banks, S.N., Schmitt, A. & Jagdhuber, T.: Scattering Characteristics of X-, C- and L-Band PolSAR Data Examined for the Tundra Environment of the Tuktoyaktuk Peninsula, Canada. MDPI Applied Sciences, 2017, vol. 7, no. 595, p.1-21.

Koppel, K., Zalite, K., Voormansik, K. & Jagdhuber, T.: Sensitivity of Sentinel-1 backscatter to characteristics of buildings. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 2017, vol. 38, p. 6298-6318.

Seppänen, J., Antropov, O., Jagdhuber, T., Hallikainen, M., Praks, J. & Heiskanen, J.: Improved characterization of forest transmissivity in the L-MEB model with multi-sensor SAR data. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 2017, vol. 14, no. 8, p. 1408-1412.

B. Wolf, C. Chwala, B. Fersch, J. Garvelmann, W. Junkermann, M. J. Zeeman, A. Angerer, B. Adler, C. Beck, C. Brosy, P. Brugger, S. Emeis, M. Dannenmann, F. De Roo, E. Diaz-Pines, E. Haas, M. Hagen, I. Hajnsek, J. Jacobeit, T. Jagdhuber, N. Kalthoff, R. Kiese, H. Kunstmann, O. Kosak, R. Krieg, C. Malchow, M. Mauder, R. Merz, C. Notarnicola, A. Philipp, W. Reif, S. Reineke, T. Rödiger, N. Ruehr, K. Schäfer, M. Schrön, A. Senatore, H. Shupe, I. Völksch, C. Wanninger, S. Zacharias, & H. P. Schmid: The ScaleX campaign: scale-crossing land-surface and boundary layer processes in the TERENO-preAlpine observatory. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 2016, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00277.1.

Ullmann, T., Schmitt, A. & Jagdhuber, T. Two Component Decomposition of Dual Polarimetric
HH/VV SAR Data: Case Study for the Tundra Environment of the Mackenzie Delta Region,
Canada. MDPI Remote Sensing, 2016, vol. 8, no. 1027, p. 1-24.

Jagdhuber, T.: An Approach to Extended Fresnel Scattering for Modeling of Depolarizing Soil-Trunk Double-Bounce Scattering. MDPI Remote Sensing, 2016, vol. 8, no. 818, p.1-25.

Heine, I., Jagdhuber, T. & Itzerott, S.: Classification and monitoring of reed belts using dual-polarimetric TerraSAR-X time series. MDPI Remote Sensing, 2016, vol. 8, no. 552, p. 1-24.

Wang, H., Magagi, R., Kalifa, G., Jagdhuber, T. & Hajnsek, I.: Evaluation of Polarimetric Decomposition for Soil Moisture Retrieval over Vegetated Agricultural Fields. MDPI Remote Sensing, 2016, vol.8, no. 142, pp. 142-166.

Gramini-Ganesan, P., Jagdhuber T., Hajnsek, I. & Rao, Y.S.: Soil Moisture Inversion using Hybrid Polarimetric SAR Data of RISAT-1. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2016, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 2033-2049.