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The effect of leaning trunks on forest radar backscattering

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2 Author(s)
Israelsson, H. ; Dept. of Radio & Space Sci., Chalmers Univ. of Technol., Goteborg, Sweden ; Askne, J.

The radar backscattering from extraordinary poplar stands, where all the trunks are leaning towards the same direction, has been modelled. Data acquired with the JPL/AIRSAR during the MAESTRO-1 campaign have been used. At C- and L-band the backscattering is not influenced by the leaning of the trunks. At P-band the backscattering decreases at HH polarisation particularly. This can be predicted theoretically and is explained by distortion of the trunk-ground dihedral reflection. A similar effect is obtained when topography affects the backscattering

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 1993. IGARSS '93. Better Understanding of Earth Environment., International

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18-21 Aug 1993

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