Global Forest Monitoring with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Data

Richard Lucas, Ake Rosenqvist, Josef M. Kellndorfer, Dirk H. Hoekman, Masanobu Shimada, Daniel Clewley, Wayne Walker, Humberto Navarro de Mesquita Jr.

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Remote sensing data acquired by synthetic aperture radar (SAR) provide unique opportunities for forest characterization, mapping, and monitoring, largely because of sensitivity of the radar signal to vegetation physiognomic structure and the provision of observations that are largely independent of atmospheric (e.g., cloud and smoke haze) and solar illumination conditions. Spaceborne SAR have been operating at a near global level since the 1990s, and the wide range of frequencies, polarizations, and observation strategies provide numerous opportunities for retrieving information on the past and current state of forests and surrounding landscapes and changes associated with natural and anthropogenic change, including climatic fluctuation. The development of systems and algorithms for characterizing, mapping, and monitoring forests, however, has been informed by studies using data acquired by SAR onboard airborne and spaceborne systems (e.g., the Shuttle Imaging Radar) and through dedicated missions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Forest Monitoring from Earth Observation
EditorsFrederic Achard, Matthew C. Hansen
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781138074477
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2017

Publication series

NameEarth Observation of Global Changes
PublisherTaylor & Francis


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