The BIOMASS mission retrieval algorithms: Results from recent campaigns
Paper in proceeding, 2012

The BIOMASS mission is designed to map the full range of the world's above-ground forest biomass, for the needs of national scale inventory and global carbon flux calculations. This objective is achieved with advanced P-band SAR techniques. The P-band biomass measurement concept was based on previous work over the past two decades. During the preparatory phase, new campaigns have been conducted to address critical issues on the biomass retrieval algorithms, over tropical and boreal forests. The collected datasets comprise accurate and complete sets of in situ data and advanced P-band SAR data. This paper presents the retrieval algorithms developed using the collected datasets.

BIOMASS mission




P-band SAR

retrieval algorithms


T. Le Toan

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

Lars Ulander

Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

K. Papathanassiou

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

F. Rocca

Polytechnic University of Milan

S. Quegan

University of Sheffield

M. Davidson

European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA ESTEC)

K. Scipal

European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA ESTEC)

Proc. IGARSS 2012, IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Munich, Germany, 22-27 July 2012

2153-6996 (ISSN)

978-1-4673-1158-8 (ISBN)

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories

Remote Sensing

Forest Science


Basic sciences



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