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Global 3D Forest Structure Mapping with TANDEM-L: Monitorint the Earth's Dynamics

Kugler, Florian and Hajnsek, Irena and Papathanassiou, Kostas and Krieger, Gerhard and Moreira, Alberto (2010) Global 3D Forest Structure Mapping with TANDEM-L: Monitorint the Earth's Dynamics. ForestSat, 2010-09-07 - 2010-09-10, Lugo, Spain. ISBN 978-84-693-5600-5.

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Forest biomass plays a crucial role in the quantification of the terrestrial carbon budget. Today, forest biomass is poorly quantified across most parts of the Earth surface due to the great difficulties in measuring biomass on the ground and consistently aggregating measurements across scales. SAR satellites can provide the required information globally and frequent in order to quantify current biomass state and the changes. Tandem-L is a German mission proposal for an innovative interferometric L-band radar mission that enables the systematic monitoring of dynamic Earth processes using advanced techniques and technologies. The mission is science driven aiming to provide a unique data set for climate and environmental research, geodynamics, hydrology and oceanography. Important application examples are global forest height and structure and the derivation of forest biomass. The Tandem-L mission concept consists of two cooperating satellites flying in close formation. The 3 D structure mode provides a unique data source to observe and quantify changes in forest biomass. This paper provides an overview of the potential of using multi-parametric SAR for forest structure estimation with the derivation of forest biomass and suggests a mission for a global acquisition.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Global 3D Forest Structure Mapping with TANDEM-L: Monitorint the Earth's Dynamics
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Kugler, FlorianUNSPECIFIED
Hajnsek, IrenaETH Zürich
Papathanassiou, KostasUNSPECIFIED
Krieger, GerhardUNSPECIFIED
Moreira, AlbertoUNSPECIFIED
Date:8 September 2010
Page Range:pp. 280-284
Series Name:Operational tools in forestry using remote sensing techniques
Keywords:biomass, forest structure, L-band, SAR, polarimetric SAR interferometry
Event Title:ForestSat
Event Location:Lugo, Spain
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2010-09-07 - 2010-09-10
Organizer:Laboratorio do Territorio at the University of Santiago de Compostela
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignement
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Radar Concepts
Microwaves and Radar Institute
Deposited By: Florian Kugler
Deposited On:17 Nov 2010 17:36
Last Modified:22 Dec 2011 23:05

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