author =    {E. Lehmann and Z.-S. Zhou and P. Caccetta and A. Milne and A. Mitchell and K. Lowell and A. Held},
  title =     {Forest mapping and monitoring in Tasmania using multi-temporal Landsat and ALOS-PALSAR data},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)},
  pages =     {6431--6434},
  month =     {July},
  year =      {2012},
  address =   {Munich, Germany},
  abstract =  {Developing a large-scale forest monitoring system able to take advantage of the complementary nature of optical and radar remote sensing data presents a number of technical and conceptual challenges. This paper investigates the issue of sensor interoperability in a time series of Landsat and ALOS-PALSAR data for purposes related to forest mapping and monitoring. The proposed approach relies on the processing methods developed in the frame of an existing and operational Landsat-based forest monitoring system. These methods are here applied to a PALSAR dataset within a bioregion of north-eastern Tasmania, Australia. Particular attention is given to the selection of training data in an attempt to generate results comparable to those obtained with the original Landsat-only time series, thereby allowing for a relevant assessment of interoperability. Results are presented in the form of forest maps and areal forest estimates. Despite similar gross amounts of forest extents, these results highlight differences in the forest (and change) classifications produced using different sensors. Combinations of sensors should therefore be carefully considered in light of what is required of the monitoring system.}