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Using satellite radar backscatter to predict above-ground woody biomass: A consistent relationship across four different African landscapes

Mitchard, Edward T.A; Saatchi, Sassan S; Woodhouse, Iain H; Nangendo, G; Ribeiro, N S; Williams, Mathew; Ryan, Casey M; Lewis, S. L.; Feldpausch, T R; Meir, Patrick

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Regional-scale above-ground biomass (AGB) estimates of tropical savannas and woodlands are highly uncertain, despite their global importance for ecosystems services and as carbon stores. In response, we collated field inventory data from 253 plots at four study sites in Cameroon, Uganda and Mozambique, and examined the relationships between field-measured AGB and cross-polarized radar backscatter values derived from ALOS PALSAR, an L-band satellite sensor. The relationships were highly...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/80303
Source: Geophysical Research Letters
DOI: 10.1029/2009GL040692

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