Parametric and non-parametric forest biomass estimation from PolInSAR data
Paper in proceedings, 2011
Biomass estimation performance from model-based polarimetric SAR interferometry (PolInSAR) using generic parametric and non-parametric regression methods is evaluated at L- and P-band frequencies over boreal forest. PolInSAR data is decomposed into ground and volume contributions, estimating vertical forest structure, and using a set of obtained parameters for biomass regression. The considered estimation methods include multiple linear regression, support vector machine and random forest. The biomass estimation performance is evaluated on DLR's airborne SAR data at L- and P-bands over Krycklan Catchment, a boreal forest test site in Northern Sweden. The combination of polarimetric indicators and estimated structure information has improved the root mean square error (RMSE) of biomass estimation up to 28% at L-band and up to 46% at P-band. The cross-validated biomass RMSE was reduced to 20 tons/ha.
polarimetric SAR interferometry
support vector machine