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AfriSAR 2015


Falcon 20 carrying the SETHI system
Falcon 20 aircraft carrying the SETHI system

What was the purpose of AfriSAR 2015?

The ESA BIOMASS mission was selected in 2013 as the seventh Earth Explorer mission. BIOMASS will provide estimates of forest biomass and height with full coverage over the tropical areas exploiting the penetration capabilities of P-band. In order to further support the BIOMASS mission development, especially concerning the mission concept verification and the development of geophysical algorithms, ESA funded the AfriSAR campaign.

The campaign design addresses the following geophysical BIOMASS products:

  • Forest above-ground biomass
  • Forest upper canopy height
  • Disturbances (forest clearing)


What was the outcome of AfriSAR 2015?


During the AfriSAR 2015 campaign, shared between ONERA (dry season, July 2015) and DLR (wet season 2016), Pol-InSAR and TomoSAR airborne data set were collected over four test sites over Gabon (Africa), therefore covering different forest structures, biomass levels and disturbances. Although the interferometric / tomographic baselines were optimised for P-band acquisitions, L-band data were collected simultaneously as well.

Download the AfriSAR Final Report

Campaign Summary
Data Coverage (Year)2015
Geographic SiteGabon, Africa
Field of ApplicationTropical forest biomass mapping using P and L-band SAR
Data Size1.4 Tb
LIDAR dataAvailable

Digital Object Identifier: - AfriSAR 2015: "Technical Assistance for the development of Airborne SAR and Geophysical measurements during the AfriSAR Experiment"


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