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This paper presents results of a study carried out in the MTV (Monitoring of the Tropical Vegetation) Unit of the Institute for Remote Sensing Applications at the JRC Ispra in the context of the TREES project (Tropical Ecosystem Environment observations by Satellites). The aim of the study is to reach a physical interpretation of the observed time and space changes in the radar cross-section, which is an indicator for discriminating forest from other land cover types. The approach entails the combination of remote sensing data (SAR data from the ERS-1 satellite) and models of the electromagnetic wave scattering and the ecosystem. The main lines of research are explained, and a test case described, where this technique is applied to the interpretation of the seasonal evolution of a teak plantation located in the Sassandra Forest, Cote d'Ivoire.

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Authors: DE GRANDI G, JRC Ispra (IT);LEYSEN M, JRC Ispra (IT);NEZRY E, JRC Ispra (IT);BRESESTI A, JRC Ispra (IT);AMAR F, University of Texas at Arlington, Wave Scattering Research Center (US);FUNG A, University of Texas at Arlington, Wave Scattering Research Center (US)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: IGARSS '95, Qualitative Remote Sensing for Science Applications, Firenze (IT), July 10-14, 1995
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39208 ORA
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