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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2012, Article ID 409512, 9 pages
Research Article

Characterization of Maritime Pine Forests with Combination of Simulated P-Band SAR Data and Hyperspectral Data

1Electromagnetism and Radar Department, Radio-Communication and Propagation research Unit, Office National d’Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA), 2 avenue Edouard Belin, BP7 4025, 31055 Toulouse Cedex 4, France
2Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la Biosphère (CESBIO), 18 avenue Edouard Belin, BP 2801, 31401 Toulouse Cedex 9, France

Received 22 June 2012; Accepted 21 October 2012

Academic Editor: Hosam El-Ocla

Copyright © 2012 C. Albinet et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper describes a sensitivity study performed on simulated radar and optical remote sensing forest data. It presents how the dual model has been built up. The first step is a forest growth model fed with biophysical parameters. The geometrical description is then the input of an optical hyperspectral model, giving reflectance spectra, and a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) model, giving the polarimetric and interferometric observables. As an illustration, the first results obtained by both models outputs are presented, and fusions of these outputs are performed.