A Detailed Analysis of Repeat-pass Interferometric and Polarimetric ALOS/PALSAR data over the Harvard Forest

Paul Siqueira(1) and Razi Ahmed(1)

(1) Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, United States


Since the launch of the ALOS platform in 2005, PALSAR has collected extensive observations of terrestrial landcover on a global scale. Much of these observations are made annually, or at best, seasonally. Through JAXA’s Kyoto and Carbon Cycle Initiative however, some key sites have been extensively observed for the purpose of further algorithm development for determining vegetation characteristics, and for mapping extensive and ecologically significant events such as the annual flooding of the Amazon river. One such region that has benefited from these observations has been the Harvard Forest region, located in Western Massachusetts, where some 10-plus fully polarimetric observations as well as 10-plus dual-pol measurements coincide geographically with full waveform data collected by NASA-Goddard’s full wavefrom lidar (LVIS), and ground observations of biomass that have been collected for the region. In this talk, the relationships between these different data types will be explored and discussed.


Symposium presentation


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