Forest Information from Synthetic Aperture Radar

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Radar is often depicted as a promising technology not quite ready for prime time. Data are now becoming available on a routine basis from several existing satellites, but the satellites were not designed for this purpose and--with some exceptions--do not meet the needs of forest inventory and management. The next generation of spaceborne earth-imaging radar promises to change the situation, with multipolarized and high-resolution modes that are much more appropriate for forestry. The principal uses of radar will be to map forest structure and moisture; this information is largely complementary to that obtained by optical techniques.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: President, EnviSense Corporation, 6075 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Publication date: June 1, 2000

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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