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 and Technical University of Munich (geoinformatics), 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, plant ecological and agricultural parameter modeling and estimation. Since 2007 he is affiliated with the Microwaves and Radar Institute (HR) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and since 2022 he leads the research group signatures. In 2014 he was honored with the DLR Science Award for his research on polarimetric decomposition techniques. From 2014 through 2019 and 2022, he was a yearly visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, 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 an associated lecturer for the University of Jena and the University of Augsburg as well as a reviewer for several international journals and conference boards. Since November 2020 he is a habilitation candidate at the Institute of Geography within the Faculty of Applied Computer Science supervised by Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Buermann and Prof. Dr. Ralf Ludwig (LMU Munich) researching on the observation of the Soil-Plant-Atmosphere System (SPAS), its status and response on climate change and other anthropogenic impacts.


Radar remote sensing for geographical applications


Retrieval of essential climate variables using remote sensing


Hydrological remote sensing


Climate and land use change in West Africa (team with Dr. Jan Bliefernicht)


Portal, G., Vall-Ilossera, M., Piles, M., Jagdhuber, T., Camps, A., Pablos, M., López-Martinez, C., Das, N., & Entekhabi, D., Impact of Incidence Angle Diversity on SMOS and Sentinel-1 Soil Moisture Retrievals at Coarse and Fine Scales. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2022, early access, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2022.3187467.


Chhabra, A., Rüdiger, C., Yebra, M., Jagdhuber, T., & Hilton, J., RADAR-Vegetation Structural Perpendicular Index (R-VSPI) for the Quantification of Wildfire Impact and Post-Fire Vegetation Recovery. Remote Sensing, 14(13), 3132, 2022.


Fluhrer, A., Jagdhuber, T., Tabatabaeenejad, A., Alemohammad, H., Montzka, C., Friedl, P., Forootan, E. & Kunstmann, H., Remote Sensing of Complex Permittivity and Penetration Depth of Soils Using P-Band SAR Polarimetry. Remote Sensing, 14(12), 2755, 2022.


Döpper, V., Jagdhuber, T., Holtgrave, A. K., Heistermann, M., Francke, T., Kleinschmit, B., & Förster, M., Following the cosmic-ray-neutron-sensing-based soil moisture under grassland and forest: Exploring the potential of optical and SAR remote sensing. Science of Remote Sensing, 100056, 2022.


Jagdhuber, T., Jonard, F., Fluhrer, A., Chaparro, D., Baur, M.J., Meyer, T., & Piles, M., Toward estimation of seasonal water dynamics of winter wheat from ground-based L-band radiometry: a concept study. Biogeosciences, 19, 8, 2022, pp. 2273-2294.


Lützner, M., Jagdhuber, T., Camps, A., Park, H., Peichl, M., Förstner, R. & Jirousek, M., Orbit design for a satellite swarm-based Motion Induced Synthetic Aperture Radiometer (MISAR) in low-Earth orbit for Earth observation application, DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2022.3152898, 2022.


Link, M., Jagdhuber, T., Ferrazzoli, P., Guerriero, L., & Entekhabi, D., Relationship Between Active and Passive Microwave Signals Over Vegetated Surfaces. Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2021.3053586, 2021.


Baur, M. J., Jagdhuber, T., Feldman, A. F., Chaparro, D., Piles, M., & Entekhabi, D., Time-variations of zeroth-order vegetation absorption and scattering at L-band. Remote Sensing of Environment, 267, 112726, 2021.


Liu, X., Wigneron, J. P., Fan, L., Frappart, F., Ciais, P., Baghdadi, N., Zribi, M., Jagdhuber, T., Li, X., Wang, M., Bai, X., & Moisy, C., ASCAT IB: A radar-based vegetation optical depth retrieved from the ASCAT scatterometer satellite. Remote Sensing of Environment, 264, 112587, 2021.


Weiß, T., Ramsauer, T., Jagdhuber, T., Löw, A. & Marzahn, P., Sentinel-1 Backscatter Analysis and Radiative Transfer Modeling of Dense Winter Wheat Time Series. Remote Sens. 13, 2320, 2021.


Mengen, D., Montzka, C., Jagdhuber, T., Fluhrer, A., Brogi, C., Baum, S., ... & Vereecken, H., The SARSense campaign: air-and space-borne C-and L-band SAR for the analysis of soil and plant parameters in agriculture. Remote Sens., 13(4), 825, 2021.


Mehrnegar, N., Jones, O., Singer, M. B., Schumacher, M., Jagdhuber, T., Scanlon, B. R., Rateb, A. & Forootan, E., Exploring groundwater and soil water storage changes across the CONUS at 12.5 km resolution by a Bayesian integration of GRACE data into W3RA. Science of the Total Environment, 758, 143579, 2021.


Entekhabi, D., Das, N., Jagdhuber, T., & Link, M. Current SMAP Active-Passive Approach with Sentinel-1 SAR and its Limitations. Workshop on Dissaggreation of SMAP Data, Michigan, USA, 2020.


Jagdhuber, T., Jonard, F., Piles, M., Fluhrer, A., Chaparro, D., & Meyer, T. , Assessing vegetation water potential of winter wheat on field-scale by ground-based L-band radiometry. Proceedings of MicroRad Conference, Florence, Italy, 2020.


Baur, M. J., Jagdhuber, T., Feldman, A., Chaparro, D., Piles, M., & Entekhabi, D., Time-dynamic vegetation absorption and scattering at L-band. Proceedings of MicroRad Conference, Florence, Italy, 2020.


Lützner, M., Jagdhuber, T., Camps, A., Park, H., Förstner, R., Peichl, M., & Eilers, J., Orbit design for satellite swarm-based interferometric radiometers for super-resolution earth observation. Proceedings of MicroRad Conference, Florence, Italy, 2020.


Liu, X., Wigneron, J. P., Frappart, F., Baghdadi, N., Zribi, M., Jagdhuber, T., Li, X., Wang, M., Fan, L. & Moisy, C., New ASCAT Vegetation Optical Depth (IB-VOD) Retrievals over Africa. In International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), fully virtual, 2020.


Fluhrer, A., Jagdhuber, T., Akbar, R., O’Neill, P.E., & Entekhabi, D., Simultaneous Retrieval of Surface Roughness Parameters for Bare Soils From Combined Active-Passive Microwave SMAP Observations, IEEE Transacptions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, early access, DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2020.3035204.


Jagdhuber, T., Montzka, C., Lopez-Martinez, C., Baur, M.J., Link, M., Piles, M., Das, N.N., & Jonard, F., Estimation of Vegetation Structure Parameters from SMAP Radar Intensity Observations, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 59, pp. 151-167, 2020.


Lausch, A., Schaepman, M.E., Skidmore, A.K., Truckenbrodt, S.C., Hacker, J.M., Baade, J., Bannehr, L., Borg, E., Bumberger, J., Dietrich, P., Gläßer, C., Haase, D., Heurich, M., Jagdhuber, T., Jany, S., Krönert, R., Möller, H., Mollenhauer, H., Montzka, C., Pause, M., Rogass, C., Salepci, N., Schmullius, C., Schrodt, F., Schütze, C., Schweitzer, C., Selsam, P., Spengler, D., Vohland, M., Volk, M., Weber, U., Wellmann, T., Werban, U., Zacharias, S., & Thiel, C., Linking the Remote Sensing of Geodiversity and Traits Relevant to Biodiversity—Part II: Geomorphology, Terrain and Surfaces, MDPI Remote Sensing, 12(22), 3690, 2020.


Park, C. H., Jagdhuber, T., Colliander, A., Lee, J., Berg, A., Cosh, M., Kim., S.B., Kim, Y., & Wulfmeyer, V., Parameterization of Vegetation Scattering Albedo in the Tau-Omega Model for Soil Moisture Retrieval on Croplands. MDPI Remote Sensing, 12(18), 2939, 2020.


Hänsch, R., Jagdhuber, T. & Fersch, B., Soil Permittivity Estimation under Grassland Using Machine Learning and Polarimetric Decomposition Techniques, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2020, early access, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2020.3010104.


Montzka, C., Bogena, H., Herbst, M., Cosh, M., Jagdhuber, T. & Vereecken, H., Estimating the number of reference sites necessary for the validation of global soil moisture products, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 2020, early access, doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2020.3005730.


Dubois, C., Mueller, M. M., Pathe, C., Jagdhuber, T., Cremer, F., Thiel, C., & Schmullius, C. (2020). Characterization of Land Cover Seasonality in Sentinel-1 Time Series Data. ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, vol. 3, 2020, pp. 97-104.


Stelmaszczuk-Górska, M. A., Aguilar-Moreno, E., Casteleyn, S., Vandenbroucke, D., Miguel-Lago, M., Dubois, C., Lemmens, R., Vancauwenberghe, G., Olijslagers, M., Lang, S., Albrecht, F., Belgiu, M., Krieger, V., Jagdhuber, T., Fluhrer, A., Soja, M.J., Mouratidis, A.,  Persson, H.J., Colombo, R., & Masiello, G., Body of Knowledge for the Earth Observation and Geoinformation Sector – A Basis for Innovative Skills Development. The International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, vol. 43, 2020, pp. 15-22.


Portal, G., Jagdhuber, T., Vall-llossera, M., Camps, A., Pablos, M., Entekhabi, D., & Piles, M., Assessment of Multi-Scale SMOS and SMAP Soil Moisture Products across the Iberian Peninsula. MDPI Remote Sensing, vol. 12, no. 570, 2020, doi: 10.3390/rs12030570.


Link, M., Montzka, C., Jagdhuber, T., Soebjaerg, S.S., Dill, S., Peichl, M., Meyer, T., & Jonard, F., Impact of Permittivity Patterns on Fully Polarimetric Brightness Temperature Signatures at L-band. Progress in Electromagnetics Research (PIER), vol. 166, 2019, pp. 75-94.


Park, C.-H., Montzka, C., Jagdhuber, T., Jonard, F., De Lannoy, G., Hong, J., Jackson, T.J., & Wulfmeyer, V., A dielectric mixing model accounting for soil organic matter. Vadoze Zone Journal, vol. 18, No. 190036, 2019, p. 1-19, doi: 10.2136/vzj2019.04.0036.


Lausch, A., Baade, J., Bannehr, L., Borg, E., Bumberger, J., Chabrilliat, S., Dietrich, P., Geringhausen, H., Glässer, C., Hacker, J.M., Haase, D., Jagdhuber, T., Jany S., Jung, A., Karnieli A., Kraemer, R., Makki, M., Mielke, C., Möller M., Mollenhauer, H., Montzka, C., Pause, M., Rogass, C., Rozenstein, O., Schmullius, C., Schrodt, F., Schroen, M., Schulz, K., Schütze, C., Schweitzer, C., Selsam P., Skidmore, A.K., Spengler, D., Thiel, C., Truckenbrodt, S.C., Vohland M., Wagner, R., Weber U., Werban, U., Wollschläger U., Zacharias, S., & Schaepman, M.E., Linking Remote Sensing and Geodiversity and Their Traits Relevant to Biodiversity—Part I: Soil Characteristics. MDPI Remote Sensing, vol. 11, no. 2356, 2019, doi: 10.3390/rs11202356.


Meyer, T., Jagdhuber, T., Piles, M., Fink, A., Grant, J., Vereecken, H., & Jonard, F., Estimating Gravimetric Water Content of a Winter Wheat Field from L-Band Vegetation Optical Depth. MDPI Remote Sensing, vol. 11, no. 2353, 2019, doi: 10.3390/rs11202353.


Das, N. N., Entekhabi, D., Dunbar, R. S., Chaubell, M. J., Colliander, A., Yueh, S., Jagdhuber, T., Chen, F., Crow, W., O’Neill P., Walker, J. P., Berg, A., Bosch, D.D., Caldwell, T., Cosh, M.H., Collins, C.H., Lopez-Baeza, E. & Thibeault, M., The SMAP and Copernicus Sentinel 1A/B microwave active-passive high resolution surface soil moisture product. Remote Sensing of Environment, 233, 111380, 2019.


Baur, M. J., Jagdhuber, T., Feldman, A. F., Akbar, R., & Entekhabi, D., Estimation of relative canopy absorption and scattering at L-, C-and X-bands. Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 233, 111384, 2019.


Alemohammad, S.H., Jagdhuber, T., Moghaddam, M. & Entekhabi, D., Soil and Vegetation Scattering Contributions in L-Band and P-Band Polarimetric SAR Observations. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 57, no. 11, 2019, pp. 8417 - 8429.


Wang, H., Magagi, R., Goita, K.., & Jagdhuber, T., Refining a Polarimetric Decomposition of Multi-Angular UAVSAR Time Series for Soil Moisture Retrieval over Low and High Vegetated Agricultural Fields. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, vol.12, 2019, pp.1431-1450.


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.