Simulated biomass retrieval from the spaceborne tomographic Saocom-CS mission at L-band
Paper in proceedings, 2016

This paper presents an evaluation of above-ground biomass (ABG) retrieval in boreal forests using simulated tomographic synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) data corresponding to the future SAOCOM-CS (L-band 1.275 GHz) mission. Using forest and radar data from the BioSAR 2008 campaign at the Krycklan test site in northern Sweden the expected performance of SAOCOM-CS is evaluated and compared with the E-SAR airborne Lband SAR (1.300 GHz). It is found that SAOCOM-CS data produce retrievals on par with those obtained with E-SAR, with retrievals having a relative RMSE of 30% or less. This holds true even if the acquisitions are limited to a single polarization, with HH results shown as an example.

Tomographic synthetic aperture radars



Biomass retrieval


Synthetic aperture radar




Northern sweden

Carbon cycle

Carbon cycles

Above ground biomass

Single polarization

Boreal forests

Global vegetation


Erik Blomberg

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Radar Remote Sensing

Maciej Soja

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Radar Remote Sensing

L. Ferro-Famil

University of Rennes 1

Lars Ulander

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Radar Remote Sensing

S. Tebaldini

Polytechnic University of Milan

European Space Agency, (Special Publication). Living Planet Symposium 2016, Prague, Czech Republic, 9-13 May 2016

0379-6566 (ISSN)

Vol. 740
978-929221305-3 (ISBN)

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