Tropical Forest Tree Height and Above Ground Biomass Mapping in Nepal Using Tandem-X and ALOS PALSAR Data

Oleg Antropov*, Yrjo Rauste, Katri Tegel, Yamuna Baral, Virpi Junttila, Tuomo Kauranne, Tuomas Hame, Jaan Praks

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In this study, a set of bistatic interferometric SAR images acquired by the TanDEM-X mission are used along with fully polarimetric ALOS PALSAR data for the assessment of tropical forest properties in Nepal.

Research to be presented at the conference concentrates on several scientific goals. First, location of interferometric scattering phase centre inside forest canopy is investigated using reference ALS measured canopy height model. Means for forest tree height extraction using both model based approaches (similar to Random Volume over Ground) and semi-empirical models are investigated and reported. It is shown, that forest tree height retrieval is possible with RMSE around 2.8 meters (R-2=0.68). Secondly, correlations between ALOS PALSAR and tropical forest data are analysed, and AGB estimation using fully polarimetric SAR features is performed. Several statistical and non-parametric methodologies were tested and compared. Thirdly, forest AGB estimation is done using both TanDEM-X based tree height and L-band PolSAR features using statistical inversion framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication IGARSS 2018 - 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-7150-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-7151-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 22 Jul 201827 Jul 2018
Conference number: 38

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Geoscience and Remote Sensing IGARSS
ISSN (Print)2153-6996
ISSN (Electronic)2153-7003


ConferenceInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Abbreviated titleIGARSS
Internet address


  • forest tree height
  • above ground biomass
  • random volume over ground
  • k nearest neighbors
  • TanDEM-X


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