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Conference paper - Peer-reviewed, 2012

Backscatter signatures of wind-thrown forest in satellite SAR images

Eriksson, L.E.B.; Fransson, Johan; Soja, M.J.; Santoro, M.


Two field experiments have been conducted in Sweden to allow an evaluation of the backscatter signatures of wind-thrown forest from L-band, C-band and X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar. When the trees are felled the backscattered signal from TerraSAR-X (X-band) increase with about 1.5 dB, while for ALOS PALSAR (L-band) a decrease with the same amount is observed. Radar images with fine spatial resolution also show shadowing effects that should be possible to use for identification of storm felled forest.


Synthetic Aperture Radar, forestry, wind-throw, storm damage, clear-cut

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IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium proceedings
2012, pages: 6435-6438
ISBN: 978-1-4673-1159-5
Publisher: IEEE


IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 2012

Authors' information

Eriksson, L.E.B.
Fransson, Johan
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Resource Management
Soja, M.J.
Santoro, M.

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UKÄ Subject classification

Forest Science
Environmental Sciences

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