Journal article

Synthetic aperture radar sensitivity to forest changes: A simulations-based study for the Romanian forests

Mihai A Tanase, Ludovic Villard, Diana Pitar, Bogdan Apostol, Marius Petrila, Serban Chivulescu, Stefan Leca, Ignacio Borlaf-Mena, Ionut-Silviu Pascu, Alexandru-Claudiu Dobre, Daniel Pitar, Gheorghe Guiman, Adrian Lorent, Cristian Anghelus, Albert Ciceu, Gabriel Nedea, Raducu Stanculeanu, Flaviu Popescu, Cristina Aponte, Ovidiu Badea



Natural and anthropogenic disturbances pose a significant threat to forest condition. Continuous, reliable and accurate forest monitoring systems are needed to provide early warning of potential declines in forest condition. To address that need, state-of-the-art simulations models were used to evaluate the utility of C-, L- and P-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors within an integrated Earth-Observation monitoring system for beech, oak and coniferous forests in Romania. The electromagnetic simulations showed differentiated sensitivity to vegetation water content, leaf area index, and forest disturbance depending on SAR wavelength and forest structure. C-band data was largely influen..

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Awarded by Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation

Awarded by European Regional Development Fund

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was conducted under the project "Prototyping an Earth-Observation based monitoring and forecasting system for the Romanian forests" (EO-ROFORMON, project ID P_37_651/105058) funded by the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation and the European Regional Development Fund. We also acknowledge contributions to the project experimental design fromDr. Thuy le Toan, Dr. Maurizio Santoro and Dr. Robert Kennedy.