TOPOGRAPHY EFFECTS ON FOREST RADAR SCATTERING, CONSEQUENCES ON BIOMASS RETRIEVAL

Abstract : Ground topography under vegetated area is liable to bring significant changes on radar backscattering and thereby on the associated standard retrieval algorithms dedicated to forest biomass. Within the framework of the ESA BIOMASS mission, this paper evinces the evolution of P-band polarimetric intensities with a tilted underlying ground. For that purpose, electromagnetic simulations have been achieved using our model MIPERS -- Multisatic Interferometric Polarimetric Electromagnetic model for Remote Sensing -- which theoretical specificities accounting for the topographic effects are herein described. Its originality lies mainly in the 3D characterization of the ground and the volume, as well as the coupling effects between both. This description is followed by a sensitivity analysis in order to further-on quantify the possible consequences on biomass retrieval, conducted with the two standard approaches, namely the P-HV intensity technique and the Pol-InSAR one assuming the RVoG model. This investigation have been also undertaken for a better understanding of experimental data, particularly with the BioSAR and the TropiSAR airborne campaigns over boreal and tropical forests.
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Ludovic Villard, Pierre Borderies, Thuy Le Toan, Thierry Koleck, Clément Albinet. TOPOGRAPHY EFFECTS ON FOREST RADAR SCATTERING, CONSEQUENCES ON BIOMASS RETRIEVAL. IGARSS (IEEE International Geoscience and Reomte Sensing Symposium), Jul 2010, Honolulu, United States. pp.217-220. ⟨hal-00515399⟩

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