Articles | Volume 12, issue 22
Research article
23 Nov 2015
Research article |  | 23 Nov 2015

Integrated radar and lidar analysis reveals extensive loss of remaining intact forest on Sumatra 2007–2010

M. B. Collins and E. T. A. Mitchard


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ED: Publish as is (24 Oct 2015) by Florian Wittmann
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (26 Oct 2015) by Florian Wittmann
AR by Murray Benjamin Collins on behalf of the Authors (30 Oct 2015)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (04 Nov 2015) by Florian Wittmann
Short summary
We integrated satellite synthetic aperture radar (SAR), lidar, and forest plot data to calculate the amount and loss of above-ground biomass in remaining tall natural forests in a section of Sumatra, with quantified uncertainties. We estimate very high deforestation rates of 3.8% yr-1 and the loss of 11.3% remaining forest biomass in only 3 years. L-band SAR is valuable for penetrating cloud for deforestation analyses and for reliably estimating the carbon emissions from land use change.
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