Comparison of L- and P-band biomass retrievals based on backscatter from the BioSAR campaign
Conference contribution, 2009
With the continued threat of global warming, the need to obtain consistent and accurate measurements of the carbon stored in forests is strong. L- and P-band SAR backscatter data have shown to be sensitive to forest biomass, which in turn is coupled to the stored carbon. In this paper a biomass retrieval method is developed for L- and P-band using data from the BioSAR campaign conducted in Sweden during thespring 2007 over hemi-boreal forest. The results show that the use of L-band data gives an underestimation of biomass for stands with high biomass; while for P-band no such underestimation is seen. RMSEs are found to be 30-40% of the mean biomass for L-band and about 25% for P-band for stands with biomass ranging from 10 to 290 tons/ha.