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Within a performance indicator project for ecology, two study sites in Germany have been investigated for vegetation mapping and forest characterization: the mainly forested area of the Harz Mountains in Northern Germany and the region of Oberpfaffenhofen supersite (Southern Germany), including the area around lake Ammersee. After preparatory evaluations based on JPL's AIRSAR system within the MAC Europe '91 Campaign multipolarimetric data of both SIR-C/X-SAR missions have been investigated. The special aspect was to study the influence of topography on synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data in this mountainous area and to test methods to compensate slope effects on radar backscatter.

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Authors: KEIL M ET AL, German Aerospace Research Establishment, German Remote Sensing Data Center, Oberpfaffenhofen (DE);KANELLOPOULOS I ET AL, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: JPL SIR-C/X-SAR Final Report (1997)
Record Number: 199810114 / Last updated on: 1998-02-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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