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1. Quiñones Fernández, M. Polarimetric data for tropical forest monitoring : studies at the Colombian Amazon.

Degree: 2002, Tropenbos International

An urgent need exists for accurate data on the actual tropical forest extent, deforestation, forest structure, regeneration and diversity. The availability of accurate land cover maps and tropical forest type maps, and the possibility to update these maps frequently, is of great importance for the development and success of monitoring systems. For areas like the Amazon the use of optical remote sensing systems as the source of information, is impeded by the permanent presence of clouds that affect the interpretation and the accuracy of the algorithms for classification and map production. The capabilities of radar systems to acquire cloud free images and the penetration of the radar waves into the forest canopy make radar systems suitable for monitoring activities and provide additional and complementary data to optical remote sensing systems. Information regarding forest structure, forest biomass, and vegetation cover and flooding can be associated with radar images because of the typical wave-object interaction properties of the radar systems. In this thesis new algorithms for the classification of radar images and the production of accurate maps are presented. The production of specific maps is studied by applying the developed algorithms to two different study areas in the Colombian Amazon. The first site, San José del Guaviare, is a colonisation area with active deforestation activities and dynamic land cover change. The second area is a pristine natural forest with high diversity of landscapes. A detailed statistical description of the polarimetric AirSAR data is made in terms of backscatter (gamma values), polarimetric phase difference and polarimetric correlation. This approach allows a better interpretation of physical backscatter mechanisms important for interpretation of images in relation to ground parameters. Theoretical cumulative probability density distributions (pdf) are used to describe the mean field values and the standard deviation for a class. A Gausian distribution is used to describe the field average gamma values; a circular Gausian distribution is used to describe the field average HH-VV phase difference and a Beta distribution is used to described the field average HH-VV phase correlation. The accuracy of the estimation of the field-averaged values depends on the level of speckle, i.e. number of independent looks. This effect is included in the calculation of the pdf's and therefore can be simulated. For the Guaviare site the classification algorithm is used to assess the AirSAR data in the production of a land cover type map. Classification accuracies are calculated for different combinations of bands and level of speckle. An accuracy of 98.7% was calculated for a map when combining L-HV and P-RR polarisations. Confusion between classes are studied to evaluate the use of radar bands for monitoring activities, e.g. loss of forest or detection of new deforested areas. In addition a biomass map is created by using the empirical relationship between the combination… Advisors/Committee Members: Wageningen University, R.A. Feddes, D.H. Hoekman.

Subjects/Keywords: tropische bossen; monitoring; remote sensing; polarimetrie; radar; cartografie; ontbossing; biomassa; amazonia; colombia; Bosinventarisaties; tropical forests; monitoring; remote sensing; polarimetry; radar; mapping; deforestation; biomass; amazonia; colombia; Forest Inventories

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APA (6th Edition):

Quiñones Fernández, M. (2002). Polarimetric data for tropical forest monitoring : studies at the Colombian Amazon. (Doctoral Dissertation). Tropenbos International. Retrieved from http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/wurpubs/123384 ; urn:nbn:nl:ui:32-123384 ; urn:nbn:nl:ui:32-123384 ; http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/wurpubs/123384

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Quiñones Fernández, M. “Polarimetric data for tropical forest monitoring : studies at the Colombian Amazon.” 2002. Doctoral Dissertation, Tropenbos International. Accessed December 06, 2019. http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/wurpubs/123384 ; urn:nbn:nl:ui:32-123384 ; urn:nbn:nl:ui:32-123384 ; http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/wurpubs/123384.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Quiñones Fernández, M. “Polarimetric data for tropical forest monitoring : studies at the Colombian Amazon.” 2002. Web. 06 Dec 2019.

Vancouver:

Quiñones Fernández M. Polarimetric data for tropical forest monitoring : studies at the Colombian Amazon. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Tropenbos International; 2002. [cited 2019 Dec 06]. Available from: http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/wurpubs/123384 ; urn:nbn:nl:ui:32-123384 ; urn:nbn:nl:ui:32-123384 ; http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/wurpubs/123384.

Council of Science Editors:

Quiñones Fernández M. Polarimetric data for tropical forest monitoring : studies at the Colombian Amazon. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Tropenbos International; 2002. Available from: http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/wurpubs/123384 ; urn:nbn:nl:ui:32-123384 ; urn:nbn:nl:ui:32-123384 ; http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/wurpubs/123384

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