AGU Session GC076 - Science and Technology towards Achieving Surface Topography and Vegetation Structure Measurements External Inbox

Donna Charlevoix donnac at
Tue Jul 5 18:54:23 UTC 2022

Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to *AGU GC076 - Science and
Technology towards Achieving Surface Topography and Vegetation Structure

The 2017 Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space
identified the Surface Topography and Vegetation (STV) as a targeted
observable for maturation.  STV will acquire high-resolution, global height
measurements, including bare surface land topography, ice topography,
vegetation structure, and shallow water bathymetry. These measurements will
serve a broad range of science and applications objectives that span solid
earth, cryosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere disciplines.  A common set of
measurements could meet many of the community needs serving a wide array of
disciplines. STV objectives would be best met by new observing strategies
that employ flexible multi-source and sensor measurements from a variety of
orbital and sub-orbital assets. Science and application objectives focusing
on Solid Earth, Vegetation Structure, Cryosphere, Hydrology, and Coastal
Processes would be best met by new, 3-dimensional observations from lidar,
radar, and stereo photogrammetry. Simulations, experiments, data analysis
and technology development in interferometric SAR, lidar and stereo
photogrammetry approaches, platform options and system architectures will
all mature STV toward an observing system. This session invites submissions
on science and technology maturation activities for STV. The complete STV
report from the first incubation study team can be found at


Andrea Donnellan, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of

Craig L Glennie, University of Houston
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