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Mapping forest structure from space

30 January 2015

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Over the last 10 years a new method using satellite radar data has been maturing to provide 3D views of Earth's natural resources and urban environments. Scientists from around the world gathered recently to share the latest advances in the exciting technique of 'POLinSAR'.

Polarimetric InSAR - or POLinSAR - is a remote sensing technique based on combining polarimetric and interferometric information in synthetic aperture radar images.

With growing interest in the opportunities this remote-sensing technique offers, more than 275 researchers from around the world came together this week at the biennial POLinSAR and first Biomass science workshops hosted at ESA's centre for Earth observation in Italy.

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