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Geocon_Official asked 5 years ago

why smooth surfaces scatter more than refelection, pls explain

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GeoCon Staff answered 5 years ago

In remote sensing, we are most interested in measuring the radiation reflected from targets. We refer to two types of reflection, which represent the two extreme ends of the way in which energy is reflected from a target:
specular reflection and diffuse reflection.
Whether a particular target reflects specularly or diffusely, or somewhere in between, depends on the surface roughness of the feature in comparison to the wavelength of the incoming radiation. If the wavelengths are much smaller than the surface variations or the particle sizes that make up the surface, diffuse reflection will dominate. For example, finegrained sand would appear fairly smooth to long wavelength microwaves but would appear quite rough to the visible wavelengths.

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