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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing • Open Access

Review of the use of remote sensing for biomass estimation to support renewable energy generation
Author(s): Lalit Kumar; Priyakant Sinha; Subhashni Taylor; Abdullah F. Alqurashi

Paper Abstract

The quantification, mapping and monitoring of biomass are now central issues due to the importance of biomass as a renewable energy source in many countries of the world. The estimation of biomass is a challenging task, especially in areas with complex stands and varying environmental conditions, and requires accurate and consistent measurement methods. To efficiently and effectively use biomass as a renewable energy source, it is important to have detailed knowledge of its distribution, abundance, and quality. Remote sensing offers the technology to enable rapid assessment of biomass over large areas relatively quickly and at a low cost. This paper provides a comprehensive review of biomass assessment techniques using remote sensing in different environments and using different sensing techniques. It covers forests, savannah, and grasslands/rangelands, and for each of these environments, reviews key work that has been undertaken and compares the techniques that have been the most successful.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 2015
PDF: 28 pages
J. Appl. Rem. Sens. 9(1) 097696 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.9.097696
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 9, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Lalit Kumar, Univ. of New England (Australia)
Priyakant Sinha, Univ. of New England (Australia)
Subhashni Taylor, Univ. of New England (Australia)
Abdullah F. Alqurashi, Univ. of New England (Australia)

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