Prof. Dara Entekhabi is Full Professor of Remote Sensing at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the Science Team Leader of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Satellite Mission. In May-June 2018 he visited our lab in the framework of the "Boston Project", set up by our university to tighten academic links between Pavia and Universities of the Boston area in the USA. During his visit he gave a series of lectures on combined active and passive microwave remote sensing within the Radar Remote Sensing course. His lectures and the consequent interaction sparked a long-term collaboration, which involved thesis work and joint research. Erica Albanesi and Silvia Bernoldi continued working actively on the subject in cooperation with prof. Dell'Acqua and prof. Entekhabi even after their graduation in Electronic Engineering in spring 2020. After a series of conference publications, their work finally made it to a journal paper:

Albanesi, E.; Bernoldi, S.; Dell’Acqua, F.; Entekhabi, D. Covariation of Passive–Active Microwave Measurements over Vegetated Surfaces: Case Studies at L-Band Passive and L-, C- and X-Band Active. Remote Sens. 202113, 1786.

 The paper is published "open access" and can be seen by clicking on the above link.