Establishing the sensitivity of ALOS PALSAR to above ground woody biomass: A case study in the pine savannas of Belize, Central America

Dimitrios G. Michelakis, Neil Stuart, Iain H. Woodhouse, German Lopez, Vinicio Linares

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Abstract

Despite their conservation value, the denser wooded areas within tropical savannas are experiencing unsustainable management and anthropogenic pressures. Satellite radar Earth observation is a possible method for supporting forest protection and management in these areas. The aim of this study is to establish the ability of ALOS PALSAR for providing biomass estimates in savanna pine woodlands in Belize. A strong monotonic statistical dependence has been found between the ALOS PALSAR backscatter and above ground woody biomass using field data collected at 1 ha, 0.5 ha, and 0.25 ha and a weak monotonic statistical dependence has been found using field data collected at 0.1ha.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2013 - Proceedings
Pages953-956
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Event2013 33rd IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2013 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: 21 Jul 201326 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)

Conference

Conference2013 33rd IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2013
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne, VIC
Period21/07/1326/07/13

Keywords

  • Biomass
  • Forestry
  • North America
  • Radar Remote Sensing

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