Remote Sensing

TanDEM-X (TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurements)

Is the first single-pass interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar to generate consistent global digital elevation models.

Very High Resolution Optical Stereophotogrammetry

Commercial satellites can provide sub meter spatial resolutions to identify finer scale changes in the landscape.

Airborne Scanning Lidar

Regarded as the “Gold Standard” for terrain mapping and forest height and canopy surveys

Terrestrial Laser Scanning

Has the ability to capture fine-scale 3D forest structure.


Is a new concept in Synthetic Aperture Radar for the polarimetric and interferometric measurements of biomass and ecosystem structure using digital beamforming architecture, a highly capable digital wave-form generator, and advanced dual-polarization array antennas.

G-LiHT Imager (Goddard’s Lidar, Hyperspectral and Thermal Imager)

Is a portable, airborne imaging system that simultaneously maps the composition, structure, and function of terrestrial ecosystems using lidar, imaging spectroscopy and thermal measurements