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|Title||Measuring subsidence of tropical peat soils and vegetation parameters in Kalimantan, Indonesia using TerraSAR-X|
|Investigator||Tansey, Kevin - University of Leicester, Department of Geography|
|Summary||The aim of this project is to exploit the potential of TerraSAR-X to observe and measure a number of important properties and processes in tropical peat swamp forests. Tropical peatlands are important carbon sinks and stores, habitats for endangered animals and are considered to be of high biodiversity. Many tropical peatlands that are forested are being subjected to deforestation to agriculture with the resulting loss of peat soil through drainage, erosion and fire. This project will focus on a region in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Specific objectives are:
Validation of these products will be undertaken in the field. Anticipated deliverables include a DEM of the study area derived from InSAR methods, images showing the spatial distribution and variation in subsidence in the study area, validated subsidence rates derived from in-situ point measurement (secondary data) and recently acquired GPS height values, estimates of peat soil loss in terms of volumetric loss and carbon emissions. The results will be published international journals e.g. Remote Sensing of Environment, IEEE Transactions of Geoscience and Remote Sensing and Journal of Geophysical Research.
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