BorealScat tower lifted!

This week, the BorealScat tower was lifted. What a feeling to see the tower in real life!
Photos of the lifting are available on the official BorealScat website (



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It is decided! In late October, my wife and I are moving to Australia for a few years. Wea re looking forward to this new adventure and our new life in Hobart, Tasmania. Tasmania has spectacular forests so I am pretty sure that there will be some exciting work to do there for me.

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Initially I didn’t intend to go to IGARSS this year but due to clerical mistakes in the Swedish system, I’ll be replacing our Ph.D. student Albert Monteith. I will have two oral presentations, one about our BorealScat experiment and one about biomass mapping with ALOS. You can find the submitted papers here and here.

See you in China!

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BorealScat begins!

So it begins! We have marked the spot for the BorealScat tower and the contractor made some test digging. The tower is expected to be finished in August and we hope we can begin our measurements in early autumn.digging

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I went to EUSAR 2016 and presented work on forest parameter retrieval and topography mapping from alternating bistatic TanDEM-X data. Unfortunately there is a mistake in the paper that is published in the proceedings (wrong figure was included), but you can find a better version of the paper here.

The conference itself was very good, compact and full of interesting presentation. I’m looking forward to EUSAR 2018!

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Between 16 and 17 March, our group participated in the annual SRS meeting. SRS stands for Svenska Rymdforskares Samarbetsgrupp, which is a group that gathers Swedish Space researchers. Our PhD students Erik and Albert presented two excellent posters, one summarising some of the results on forest biomass and canopy cover estimation from SAR tomography, and one presenting our new experiment BorealScat, which will be a tower radar experiment in a forest outside Skövde. Moreover, Henrik Persson presented a poster summarising some of our TanDEM-X results.


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MOOC Launched!

Our MOOC (massive open on-line course) has been launched on the edX platform! The course starts in a few days, on February 1st.

Join, and learn more about remote sensing!

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Working with MOOC

Currently, I’m working with our new MOOC (massive open online course). The MOOC is entitled “Sensing Planet Earth” and it consists of two parts: “Core to Outer Space” and “Water and Ice”. I’m involved in the first part, in which I have the responsibility for biosphere. Check out the course on Chalmers homepage and on the edX platform.

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Conferences 2016

2016 will be a good year for conferences. The bi-annual ESA Living Planet Symposium and EUSAR will be held in Prag, Czech Republic in early May and Hamburg, Germany, in early June, respectively. Our group will be well-represented at both conferences. The topics presented by me and my colleagues will cover the BorealScat campaign (a radar tower experiment that we are working on), forest parameter estimation from TanDEM-X data (including the ForMap-tool, which I plan to develop in the nearest future), and our work within future P- and L-band forestry satellite projects, BIOMASS and SAOCOM-CS. The abstracts submitted to these conferences will soon be made available here.

Also, the 2016 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) will take place in Beijing, China, in mid-July. We will be represented at IGARSS as well.

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Large-scale mapping of forests with radar interferometry

Recently, during the Swedish Remote Sensing Days, I have presented a poster on large-scale mapping of forest stem volume from satellite using radar interferometry and a high-resolution ground surface model. Check it out in the poster section.


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