Stand-level stem volume of boreal forests from spaceborne SAR imagery at L-Band

Oleg Antropov, Yrjö Rauste, Heikki Ahola, Tuomas Häme

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    This paper presents a modified robust stem volume retrieval approach suitable for use with L-band SAR imagery. Multitemporal dual-polarization SAR imagery acquired by ALOS PALSAR during the summer-autumn 2007 is used in the study, along with stand-wise forest inventory data from two boreal forest sites situated in central Finland. The average sizes of forest stands at the study sites were 3 ha and 4.8 ha. The method used employs model fitting with an inverted semi-empirical boreal forest model, and takes advantage of the multitemporal aspect in order to improve the stability and accuracy of stem volume estimation. Multitemporal combination of model output in a multivariate regression framework allows volume estimates to be obtained with an RMSE about 43% of the mean of 110 m3/ha, and a coefficient of determination R2of 0.71 in the best case. The methodology used can be employed to produce large-area stem volume maps from dual-polarization ALOS PALSAR imagery mosaics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35-44
    JournalIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • boreal forest
    • forest inventory
    • synthetic aperture radar (SAR)


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