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.
|Geographic Site||Gabon, Africa|
|Field of Application||Tropical forest biomass mapping using P and L-band SAR|
|Data Size||1.4 Tb|
Digital Object Identifier: https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-xxpt0lc - AfriSAR 2015: "Technical Assistance for the development of Airborne SAR and Geophysical measurements during the AfriSAR Experiment"