Tropical forest tree height retrieval with TanDEM-X: Algorithm development and accuracy analysis

Oleg Antropov (Corresponding author), Yrjö Rauste, Tuomas Häme, Ben de Jong

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    Two semi-empirical approaches suitable for forest tree height retrieval from interferometric SAR images were developed in this study. Methods developed are mainly meant for cases when reference elevation model is missing. Spaceborne interferometric SAR data from TanDEM-X mission was used in the study. The study site was located in the south-eastern part of the state of Chiapas, Mexico. The TanDEM-X images were acquired during spring and summer 2012. The height estimates obtained in the study varied between 15 and 35 meters in the area of interest covered by the TanDEM-X images. The Pearson's correlation coefficient between estimated tree heights and reference ground plots form National Forest Inventory were 0.25 and 0.32 for maximum and average tree height measures, respectively. This work on tropical forest tree height retrieval from interferometric TanDEM-X images was performed within the EU FP7 project ReCover
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the ESA Living Planet Symposium 2013
    EditorsLeny Ouwehand
    Place of PublicationNoordwijk
    PublisherEuropean Space Agency (ESA)
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)978-92-9221-286-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    EventESA Living Planet Symposium 2013 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 9 Sept 201313 Sept 2013
    Conference number: ESA SP-722


    ConferenceESA Living Planet Symposium 2013
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Tropical forest
    • tree height
    • synthetic aperure radar
    • interferometry
    • TanDEM-X


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