Friday, November 12, 2010

Radar & Carbon Storage

Correction Nov 14, 2010: Edinburgh Earth Observatory assessed the use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for assessing biomass of savannah woodlands and thereby estimating carbon content of these areas. A report explaining the methodology, which included ground-truthing, and results, is available on the RICS website - in summary, vegetation could be detected and its extent estimated but vegetation height was underestimated using radar imagery. The high plant biodiversity, differences in forest structure, wetness and cloud cover make the application of remote sensing in the tropics a different animal from that applied in higher latitudes, and this project and others in Belize, which have used remote sensing to assess mangroves and forests, are creating valuable knowledge about the application of the technology. Thanks Neil Stuart.

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