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Biomass estimation from polarimetric SAR interferometry over heterogeneous forest terrain

Mette, T. and Papathanassiou, Konstantinos and Hajnsek, I. (2004) Biomass estimation from polarimetric SAR interferometry over heterogeneous forest terrain. In: Proceedings IGARSS 2004. IGARSS 2004, Anchorage, Alaska, September 2004.

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Abstract

Abstract—Polarimetric SAR interferometry (Pol-InSAR) permits an accurate forest height extraction by inverting the SAR data with the Random Volume over Ground-model (RVoG). These forest heights were subsequently converted to forest biomass through forest height-biomass relation (allometry). Both the height extraction (L-band) and the allometric biomass conversion proved a good performance over dense forest stands. In open forests and stands of variable canopy height (here referred to as heterogeneous stands), the behaviour of the height extracting algorithm is unknown, and height-biomass allometry cannot easily be applied. To facilitate a direct biomass comparison of the Pol-InSAR-height extraction with ground measurements, the effective height heff was introduced as a direct biomass equivalent. Examples from spruce dominated sites of variable stand densities showed a sensitivity of the height extraction to the stand density, though not in correlation with the heff. It might be promising to exploit additional information from the shape of the extracted heights-histogram for an accurate biomass estimation even over dense and heterogeneous forests.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2005,
Title:Biomass estimation from polarimetric SAR interferometry over heterogeneous forest terrain
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Mette, T.UNSPECIFIED
Papathanassiou, KonstantinosUNSPECIFIED
Hajnsek, I.UNSPECIFIED
Date:2004
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings IGARSS 2004
Editors:
EditorsEmail
IEEE, UNSPECIFIED
Status:Published
Keywords:Polarimetric SAR interferometry, forest height,
Event Title:IGARSS 2004, Anchorage, Alaska, September 2004
Organizer:IEEE
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Irena Hajnsek
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005
Last Modified:06 Jan 2010 19:57

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