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Towards the use of 3D remote sensing techniques and point clouds in forest resources mapping

Mika Karjalainen and Juha Hyyppä

(Submission #464)


Accurate and up-to-date forest maps are needed in wide range of applications from local forest management practices to global forest resources estimation. Earth Observing (EO) satellites, thanks to their vast spatial coverage, will play a key role in the forest mapping task. However, we believe that the satellites cannot solve the mapping task alone, and ground truth data are required for training and calibrating EO data sets. The combined use of 3D satellite data and in-situ measurements (point clouds) will lead to enhanced forest mapping capability in terms of spatial coverage, estimation accuracy and mapping frequency. The AdvancedSAR project (EU FP7-SPACE-2013-1) aims at providing high-quality, beyond state-of-the-art techniques for mapping of forest canopy height, biomass and biomass change by achieving the best possible cost-efficiency performance out of the given SAR satellite imagery and terrestrial and airborne remote sensing data.


Topic Area:  [2.4] INSPIRE + Open Data + COPERNICUS
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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