Biomass estimation as a function of vertical forest structure and forest height - Potential and limitations for Radar Remote Sensing

Conference: EUSAR 2010 - 8th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06/07/2010 - 06/10/2010 at Aachen, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2010

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Caicoya, Astor Toraño; Kugler, Florian; Papathanassiou, Kostas (German Aerospace Center (DLR), Microwaves and Radar Institute (HR), Germany)

One common method to estimate biomass is measuring forest height and applying allometric equations to get forest biomass. Conditions like changing forest density or changing forest structure bias the allometric relations or biomass estimation fails completely. Remote sensing systems like SAR or LIDAR allow to measure vertical structure of forests. In this paper it is investigated whether vertical structure is sensitive to biomass. For this purpose vertical biomass profiles were calculated using forest inventory data. Fourier and Legendre decomposition were tested and finally, vertical structure was quantified by decomposing the biomass profiles by means of Legendre polynomials. This is a case study based on inventory data from the Traunstein test site, a temperate mixed forest, located in the southeast of Germany.