Boreal forest tree height estimation from interferometric TanDEM-X images

J. Praks, M. Hallikainen, Oleg Antropov, D. Molinda

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The paper describes algorithm development for tree height retrieval in the boreal forest zone from TanDEM-X interferometric imagery. A set of 8 TanDEM-X pairs was acquired during summer and autumn 2011 over southern Finland in order to evaluate the potential tree height retrieval performance for this space-borne instrument. Another focus of the study was evaluation of seasonal dependence of interferometric signature of boreal forest. The obtained results are compared to our previous studies on tree height retrieval with the airborne DLR E-SAR instrument in the same area. The obtained results show good potential of TanDEM-X in forest mapping when external terrain elevation model is available, though accuracy seems to be somewhat lower compared to airborne instruments due to increased noise.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings
Subtitle of host publicationIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2012
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-1159-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-1160-1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2012 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 22 Jul 201227 Jul 2012


ConferenceIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2012
Abbreviated titleIGARSS 2012


  • AR interferometry
  • boreal forest
  • random volume over ground model
  • tree height estimation

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