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International Journal of Microwave Science and Technology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 950862, 9 pages
Research Article

Permittivity and Backscattering Coefficient of Diesel Oil-Contaminated Soil at C Band (5.3 GHz)

1Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics, Institute of Geography and Geology, University of Greifswald, Friedr.-Ludwig-Jahn-Strasse 16, 17487 Greifswald, Germany
2Agrosphere Institute (IBG-3), Institute of Bio-Geosciences (IBG) Forschungszentrum Jülich, GmbH, ICG-4, 52425 Jülich, Germany
3International Center for Radio Science, Plot No. 1, Rano Ji Ka Bagh, Khokariya Bera, Nayapura, Mandore, Jodhpur-342304, India

Received 26 May 2012; Revised 16 October 2012; Accepted 18 December 2012

Academic Editor: Wenlong He

Copyright © 2013 Nima Ahmadian et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Studying the behavior of soil contaminated by diesel requires the measurement and calculation of electrical parameters such as permittivity and backscattering coefficient. It is also necessary to study the physical parameters such as surface roughness. The intent of this paper is to present a broad and updated overview of the diesel oil contaminated soil, emphasizing permittivity and scattering coefficient that are involved in determining and detecting the rate at which and extent to which hydrocarbons contaminate the soil and environment. The measurement of permittivity and the calculations of backscattering coefficient values were made with different amounts of diesel oil contamination and different incident angles in 5° intervals ranging from 10° to 80° for both horizontal and vertical polarization at C band. The values of scattering coefficient for different look angles (25°, 30°, 35°, 40°, 45°, 50°, and 55°) were calculated and are suitable for comparison with data generated from other remote sensing platforms. Accurate electrical parameter measurements of soil contamination and recognition of their dependence on physical and chemical composition are interesting and can support using microwave remote sensing instruments to observe the earth.