Radarsat-2 Backscattering for the Modeling of Biophysical Parameters of Regenerating Mangrove Forests
AbstractThe aim of this study is to understand the relationship between radar backscattering (σ°, β° and γ) of a multi-polarized Radarsat-2 C-band image with the structural attributes of regenerating mangrove vegetation located at the mouth of the Amazon River. CBH (circumference at breast height), height and species data were collected to characterize vegetation structure and above-ground biomass (AGB) at 17 plots with a total of 3090 measured individuals. Significant relationships between the linear σ° in VH (vertical transmit, horizontal receive) cross-polarization produced r2 values of 0.63 for the average height, 0.53 for the DBH, 0.46 for the basal area (BA) and 0.52 for the AGB. Using co-polarized HH (horizontal transmit, horizontal receive) and VV (vertical transmit, vertical receive), r2 values increased to 0.81, 0.79, 0.67 and 0.79, respectively. Vegetation attribute maps of average canopy height, DBH and AGB were generated for the study area. We conclude that multi-polarized Radarsat-2 images were adequate for characterization of vegetation attributes in areas of mangrove regeneration. View Full-Text
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Cougo, M.F.; Souza-Filho, P.W.M.; Silva, A.Q.; Fernandes, M.E.B.; Santos, J.R.; Abreu, M.R.S.; Nascimento, W.R.; Simard, M. Radarsat-2 Backscattering for the Modeling of Biophysical Parameters of Regenerating Mangrove Forests. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 17097-17112.
Cougo MF, Souza-Filho PWM, Silva AQ, Fernandes MEB, Santos JR, Abreu MRS, Nascimento WR, Simard M. Radarsat-2 Backscattering for the Modeling of Biophysical Parameters of Regenerating Mangrove Forests. Remote Sensing. 2015; 7(12):17097-17112.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cougo, Michele F.; Souza-Filho, Pedro W.M.; Silva, Arnaldo Q.; Fernandes, Marcus E.B.; Santos, João R.; Abreu, Maria R.S.; Nascimento, Wilson R.; Simard, Marc. 2015. "Radarsat-2 Backscattering for the Modeling of Biophysical Parameters of Regenerating Mangrove Forests." Remote Sens. 7, no. 12: 17097-17112.