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Retrieval of forest stem volume using VHF SAR

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7 Author(s)
H. Israelsson ; Dept. of Radio & Space Sci., Chalmers Univ. of Technol., Goteborg, Sweden ; L. M. H. Ulander ; J. L. H. Askne ; J. E. S. Fransson
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The ability to retrieve forest stem volume using CARABAS (coherent all radio band sensing) SAR images (28-60 MHz) has been investigated. The test site is a deciduous mixed forest on the island of Oland in southern Sweden. The images have been radiometrically calibrated using an array of horizontal dipoles. The images exhibit a clear discrimination between the forest and open fields. The results show that the dynamic range of the backscattering coefficient among the forest stands is higher than what has been found with conventional SAR using microwave frequencies. The backscatter increases with increasing radar frequency. This work shows an advantage compared to higher frequencies for stem volume estimation in dense forests

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:35 ,  Issue: 1 )