Quantifying stand volume through open-access satellite remote sensing data supports proper management of forest stand. Because of limitations on single sensor and support vector machine for regression (SVR) as well as benefits from hybrid models, this study innovatively builds a hybrid model as support vector machine for regression kriging (SVRK) to map stand volume of the Changbai Mountains mixed forests covering 171,450 ha area based on a small training dataset (n = 928). This SVRK model integrated SVR and its residuals interpolated by ordinary kriging. To determine the importance of multi-sensor predictors from ALOS and Sentinel series, the increase in root mean square error (RMSE) of SVR was calculated by removing the variable after the standardization. The SVRK model achieved accuracy with mean error, RMSE and correlation coefficient in –2.67%, 25.30% and 0.76, respectively, based on an independent dataset (n = 464). The SVRK improved the accuracy of 9% than SVR based on RMSE values. Topographic indices from L band InSAR, backscatters of L band SAR, and texture features of VV channel from C band SAR, as well as vegetation indices of the optical sensor were contributive to explain spatial variations of stand volume. This study concluded that SVRK was a promising approach for mapping stand volume in the heterogeneous temperate forests with limited samples.
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