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Innovations in Remote Sensing and PhotogrammetryMapping and Monitoring Wetlands Around the World Using ALOS PALSAR: The ALOS Kyoto and Carbon Initiative Wetlands Products

Innovations in Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry: Mapping and Monitoring Wetlands Around the... [Climate change and the conservation of the environment are extremely significant and topical global issues. The ALOS Kyoto and Carbon (K&C) Initiative is a global, multi-disciplinary research initiative of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), aiming to produce remote sensing products which can support international conservation conventions, carbon cycle science, and conservation of the environment. The objective of the Initiative is to define, develop and validate products derived primarily from the PALSAR (Phased Array L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar) sensor on-board the ALOS (Advanced Land Observing Satellite). The ALOS-PALSAR instrument provides a range of enhancements, including full polarimetry, variable off-nadir viewing, ScanSAR mode, and improved radiometric and geometric performance, compared to the earlier Japan Earth Resources Satellite (JERS-1) SAR. Data are being developed on a thematic basis, relating to global biomes, including forest, desert and wetlands. In this paper, which is a summary of the wetlands parts of the ALOS K&C Science Plan, we describe a range of tools and products that are being developed to utilize the advantages of the PALSAR instrument to support the inventory, conservation and management of wetlands in different areas around the world. These include products which will specifically enhance information on the extent and characteristics of global wetlands; and products for seasonal monitoring of tropical/sub-tropical wetlands; mapping and monitoring of key wetland types, including mangroves, peat swamp forests, and lakes, including northern Australia and south-east Asia. We highlight and compare the relative strengths of the PALSAR sensor, such as the ability to detect wetland environments in areas of the world which are regularly obscured by clouds, smoke or dense vegetation, with other SAR and optical sensors. Importantly this information will be used to support the Ramsar Convention on wetlands, and other conservation initiatives aimed at protecting and enhancing wetland management.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

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Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
ISBN
978-3-540-88265-7
Pages
105 –120
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-93962-7_9
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Climate change and the conservation of the environment are extremely significant and topical global issues. The ALOS Kyoto and Carbon (K&C) Initiative is a global, multi-disciplinary research initiative of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), aiming to produce remote sensing products which can support international conservation conventions, carbon cycle science, and conservation of the environment. The objective of the Initiative is to define, develop and validate products derived primarily from the PALSAR (Phased Array L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar) sensor on-board the ALOS (Advanced Land Observing Satellite). The ALOS-PALSAR instrument provides a range of enhancements, including full polarimetry, variable off-nadir viewing, ScanSAR mode, and improved radiometric and geometric performance, compared to the earlier Japan Earth Resources Satellite (JERS-1) SAR. Data are being developed on a thematic basis, relating to global biomes, including forest, desert and wetlands. In this paper, which is a summary of the wetlands parts of the ALOS K&C Science Plan, we describe a range of tools and products that are being developed to utilize the advantages of the PALSAR instrument to support the inventory, conservation and management of wetlands in different areas around the world. These include products which will specifically enhance information on the extent and characteristics of global wetlands; and products for seasonal monitoring of tropical/sub-tropical wetlands; mapping and monitoring of key wetland types, including mangroves, peat swamp forests, and lakes, including northern Australia and south-east Asia. We highlight and compare the relative strengths of the PALSAR sensor, such as the ability to detect wetland environments in areas of the world which are regularly obscured by clouds, smoke or dense vegetation, with other SAR and optical sensors. Importantly this information will be used to support the Ramsar Convention on wetlands, and other conservation initiatives aimed at protecting and enhancing wetland management.]

Published: Aug 12, 2009

Keywords: Wetland Environment; Mekong River Commission; Wetland Extent; ALOS PALSAR; Peat Swamp

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