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Structural analysis of forest areas in high-resolution SAR images
Author(s): Markus Boldt; Antje Thiele; Karsten Schulz; Stefan Hinz
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Paper Abstract

Nowadays, climatic and socio-economic conditions require a change in thinking in the field of state forest management. A high demand for up to date and precise forest information is given - especially in regard to increasing forest damages by natural hazards. The increasing availability of high-resolution and shortly-revisiting satellite systems (e.g., TerraSAR-X, Cosmo-SkyMed, RapidEye) allows to support such monitoring tasks. A TerraSAR-X image pair was analyzed focusing on the image analysis of forest areas. There, the advantage of the higher geometric resolution and the independance to sun-illumination of the SAR imagery compared to electro-optical image data was taken. The study in this paper deals with the extraction of tree and forest heights as structural parameters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 October 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8181, Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications II, 81810S (27 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.898214
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Markus Boldt, Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (Germany)
Antje Thiele, Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (Germany)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
Karsten Schulz, Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (Germany)
Stefan Hinz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8181:
Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications II
Ulrich Michel; Daniel L. Civco, Editor(s)

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