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Retrieval of forest canopy parameters for OTTER using an optimization technique
Author(s): Mahta Moghaddam
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Paper Abstract

An inversion algorithm based on a nonlinear optimization technique is used to retrieve a subset of forest canopy parameters that can be used in ecosystem modeling. The inversion algorithm uses a parametric model derived from a discrete component forest scattering model which includes all major scattering contributions to radar backscatter. The parametric model, however, is derived for cases where only one mechanism dominates the scattering process, in this case, branch layer volume scattering. The free parameters are taken to be the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant of branch layer constituents. The parametric model and the inversion algorithm are validated with synthetic data and applied to two data sets taken at different dates over one of the OTTER sites (Santiam Pass). The inversion algorithm is shown to be a useful tool in the quantitative monitoring of canopy moisture status, as well as a building block of its future versions which will include a more comprehensive set of forest scattering parameters as unknowns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 January 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2314, Multispectral and Microwave Sensing of Forestry, Hydrology, and Natural Resources, (31 January 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.200732
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Mahta Moghaddam, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2314:
Multispectral and Microwave Sensing of Forestry, Hydrology, and Natural Resources
Eric Mougin; K. Jon Ranson; James Alan Smith, Editor(s)

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