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AfriSAR 2016


The DLR/ESA field team in front of a DLR Dornier DO228 research aircraft

What was the purpose of AfriSAR 2016?

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.

What was the outcome of AfriSAR 2016?

During the AfriSAR 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 in 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)2016
Geographic SiteGabon, Africa
Field of ApplicationTropical forest biomass mapping using P and L-band SAR
Data Size1.5 TB
LIDAR dataAvailable

Digital Object Identifier: - AfriSAR 2016: Technical Assistance for the development of Airborne SAR and Geophysical measurements during the AfriSAR Experiment.


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