ESA Earth Explorer BIOMASS Mission

Phase A study "Development of Algorithms for Biomass Retrieval"

In this ESA funded study, we have investigated radiative transfer model simulations of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images over a virtual forest. This work tested the ability of P-band SAR to monitor temporal changes in forest biomass (forest growth and deforestation / degradation). The project informs the proposed BIOMASS mission concept that is under consideration in ESA.

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Prof. Heiko Balzter


Centre for Landscape and Climate Research

University of Leicester
Bennett Building
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH,

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3820
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