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Why One Branch Size Dominates Radar Backscatter

Warning: technical post for geeky radar folks! There is a common rule of thumb that I have often seen presented that states that the radar backscatter from a forest canopy mostly originates from scattering elements that are similar in size to the wavelength being used.   Sometimes this is explained through attenuation effects of a full-cover … Continue reading

Do we really understand the backscatter-biomass curve?

To misquote Muhammad Ali:  Anyone who views the world the same at forty five as he did at thirty has wasted fifteen years of his life. When I was thirty I used to explain the radar backscatter-biomass curve like this: When radar backscatter is plotted against forest above ground biomass[1], there is a good positive … Continue reading

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