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Stand-Level Stem Volume of Boreal Forests From Spaceborne SAR Imagery at L-Band

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4 Author(s)
Antropov, O. ; Remote Sensing Group, VTT Tech. Res. Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland ; Rauste, Y. ; Ahola, H. ; Hame, T.

This paper presents a modified robust stem volume retrieval approach suitable for use with L-band SAR imagery. Multitemporal dual-polarization SAR imagery acquired by ALOS PALSAR during the summer-autumn 2007 is used in the study, along with stand-wise forest inventory data from two boreal forest sites situated in central Finland. The average sizes of forest stands at the study sites were 3 ha and 4.8 ha. The method used employs model fitting with an inverted semi-empirical boreal forest model, and takes advantage of the multitemporal aspect in order to improve the stability and accuracy of stem volume estimation. Multitemporal combination of model output in a multivariate regression framework allows volume estimates to be obtained with an RMSE about 43% of the mean of 110 m3 /ha, and a coefficient of determination R 2 of 0.71 in the best case. The methodology used can be employed to produce large-area stem volume maps from dual-polarization ALOS PALSAR imagery mosaics.

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Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 1 )