KUFOS collaborates with ISRO in the NISAR Phase II research program.

Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) collaborated with ISRO in the NISAR Phase II research program. NASA and ISRO are jointly developing the Space-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR), which is scheduled to be launched in 2024. NISAR aims to revolutionize Earth observation by providing high-resolution data over large areas. The project has significant potential for systematic monitoring of agriculture, forestry, wetlands and soil moisture. The first phase involved validation of aboveground forest biomass data from Shimoga, Hoshangabad (MP) and Nilambur districts.

After successfully completing the initial phase of the ISRO-NISAR program, KUFOS is one of the lead agencies in South India selected to lead the implementation of the second phase. Girish Gopinath, Associate Professor and Head, Remote Sensing and GIS, and U Surendra, Senior Scientist, CWRDM, and K.A Sreejith, Principal Scientist, KFRI lead as co-investigators. The second phase focuses on optimizing the drone. installed optical and LIDAR data to estimate forest biomass stocks in Shimoga, Nilambur and Hoshangabad (MP) study areas on a larger inventory vessel.

The project validates NISAR forest biomass products using ground-measured inventory data, processed LIDAR data and aerial optical imagery. The research results will play a key role in advancing the understanding of forest ecosystems and hydrology, which will greatly contribute to global efforts for the sustainable management of natural resources.

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