Release of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Handbook to empower the monitoring and protection of forests worldwide

April 30, 2019

SERVIR has announced the release of the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Handbook: Comprehensive Methodologies for Forest Monitoring and Biomass Estimation. This Handbook contains a collection of state-of-the-art methods and theoretical background to facilitate the use of  SAR data for forest monitoring and biomass estimation.

The SAR Handbook is a “living” document, freely-available online as an e-Book hosted on the SERVIR Global website. Each chapter is authored by a world-renowned SAR expert, and has gone through extensive reviews and testing by the SERVIR Global network.  The development of this Handbook and associated training  materials are the result of years of work and a strong partnership between SERVIR and SilvaCarbon, a U.S. government program working to enhance capacity around the world in monitoring and managing forests.

Aligning with the SERVIR mission to build capacity in the use of geospatial and Earth observation technologies, this initial Handbook release also includes a set of complementary materials: 1) One-page quick reference guides highlighting key concepts derived from the SAR Handbook, and  2) An animated video geared towards a general audience explaining in straightforward language how SAR can capture information for forest monitoring.

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