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The use of ALOS PALSAR for supporting sustainable forest use in southern Africa: A case study in Malawi

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4 Author(s)
G. F. Cassells ; School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9XP, UK ; I. H. Woodhouse ; E. T. A Mitchard ; M. D. Tembo

Malawi is facing a forest loss crisis with demand far outstripping sustainable supply. Recent projections suggest that there will be no primary forest left in Malawi by 2020. One possibly method to support forest protection has come from the proposed introduction of REDD (Reductions in Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) schemes into the next international climate protocol. This study aims to assess the ability of ALOS PALSAR for providing biomass estimates in miombo woodland in Malawi. No correlation has been found between ALOS PALSAR backscatter and a number of different forest parameters including biomass, stem diameter at 1.3 meters (dbh), stem volume, and the BCI (Biomass Consolidation Index).

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2009 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium  (Volume:2 )

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12-17 July 2009