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Vegetation Canopy (cover)


Measurement Definition*: Fraction of the ground area covered by tree crowns in %.
InstrumentStatus/
Accuracy
Instrument DescriptionMeasurement TechnologyTimeline
GEDI
Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation Lidar
Operational
This project will use a laser-based system to study a range of climates, including the observation of the forest canopy structure over the tropics, and the tundra in high northern latitudes.n/a
SAR-L
L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
Operational
Land, ocean, emergencies, soil moisture, interferometry, others.n/a
S-band SAR
S-band SAR
Operational
SAR imagery for a range of applications including agriculture, maritime and forestryn/a
P-Band SAR
P-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
Being developed
Forest biomass monitoringn/a
CAR
High Resolution Camera
Approved
Panchromatic and multispectral (Vis/IR) measurements with high spatial resolution, with stereo capability for DEM generation. Applications in emergencies in general, agriculture, land use/land cover, change detection, urban environment, cartography, topography.n/a
* Description adapted from WMO.
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