Above-Ground Biomass & Remote Sensing

Nice blog post giving a good introduction to AGB estimation using remote sensing. Wish it would have also mentioned the upcoming ESA BIOMASS radar mission.


Forest and Greenhouse Effect – Sink or Source?

Forests play an important role in maintaining the global carbon as they are the primary source of biomass which in turn contains a vast reserve of carbon dioxide, an important greenhouse gas. Of all terrestrial ecosystems, forests contain the largest store of carbon and have a large biomass per unit area. The main carbon pools in forests are plant biomass (above- and below-ground), coarse woody debris, litter and soil containing organic and inorganic carbon (Nizami et al, 2009). The ability of forests to both sequester and emit greenhouse gases coupled with ongoing widespread deforestation has resulted in forests and land-use change.

Since we were kids, we were all told in biology class that vegetation can absorb carbon dioxide from atmosphere, stored as organics and release oxygen through photosynthesis. In fact, there are other processes that we are not familiar with. The carbon which forest…

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About WQ

I received my PhD (2013) in Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Science at the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, under a Fulbright fellowship. Currently, I'm an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Space Science at Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad, Pakistan, where I have been a founding member of the Geospatial Research & Education Lab (GREL). My general expertise is in Remote Sensing where I have worked with various remote sensing datasets through my career, while for my PhD thesis I specifically worked on Remote Sensing using SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) and Oceanography, working extensively on development of techniques to measure ocean surface currents from space-borne SAR intensity images and interferometric data. My research interests are: Remote sensing, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery and interferometric data processing & analysis, Visible/Infrared/High-resolution satellite image processing & analysis, Oceanography, Earth system study and modelling, LIDAR data processing and analysis, Scientific programming. I am a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Geoscience & Remote Sensing, Forest Ecosystems, GIScience & Remote Sensing, Journal of African Earth Sciences, and Italian Journal of Agronomy. I am an alumnus of Pakistan National Physics Talent Contest (NPTC), an alumnus of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, a Fulbright alumnus, and the Pakistan National Point of Contact for Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). I was an invited speaker at the TEDxIslamabad event held in Nov., 2014. I've served as mentor in the NASA International Space App Challenge Islamabad events in April 2015 and April 2016.

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