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Monitoring of freeze/thaw transitions in taiga forests using ERS-1 SAR

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Temporal dynamic studies of ERS-1 SAR measurements in relation to the changing environmental and phenologic state of the forest canopy and of the forest ground layers during the winter/spring and fall/winter transitions of 1993 and 1993 are conducted. During these transition, changes in radar backscatter observed by ERS-1 are correlated to freezing and thawing of the soil and vegetation in order to determine the start and end of the growing season for the forest.

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