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Forest height estimation using a single-pass airborne L-band polarimetric and interferometric SAR system and tomographic techniques

Abstract : This paper addresses forest height estimation for boreal forests at the test site of Edson in Alberta, Canada, using dual-baseline PolInSAR dataset measured by Intermap’s single-pass system. This particular dataset is acquired by using both ping-pong and non-ping-pong modes, which permit forming a dual-baseline TomoSAR configuration, i.e., an extreme configuration for tomographic processing. A tomographic approach, based on polarimetric Capon and MUSIC estimators, is proposed to estimate the elevation of tree top and of underlying ground, and hence forest height is estimated. The resulting forest DTM and DSM over the test site are validated against LiDAR-derived estimates, demonstrating the undeniable capability of the single-pass L-band PolInSAR system for forest monitoring. © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
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Yue Huang, Q. Zhang, Laurent Ferro-Famil. Forest height estimation using a single-pass airborne L-band polarimetric and interferometric SAR system and tomographic techniques. Remote Sensing, MDPI, 2021, 13 (3), ⟨10.3390/rs13030487⟩. ⟨hal-03158184⟩

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