Multiangular crop differentiation and LAI estimation using PROSAIL model inversion

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Mazumdar, Deepayan Dutta
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Geography, c2011
Understanding variations in remote sensing data with illumination and sensor angle changes is important in agricultural crop monitoring. This research investigated field bidirectional reflectance factor (BRF) in crop differentiation and PROSAIL leaf area index (LAI) estimation. BRF and LAI data were collected for planophile and erectophile crops at three growth stages. In the solar principal plane, BRF differed optimally at 860 nm 60 days after planting (DAP) for canola and pea, at 860 nm 45 and 60 DAP for wheat and barley, and at 860 nm and 670 nm 45 and 60 DAP for planophiles versus erectophiles. The field BRF data helped better understand PROSAIL LAI estimation. NDVI was preferred for estimating LAI, however the MTVI2 vegetation index showed high sensitivity to view angles, particularly for erectophiles. The hotspot was important for crop differentiation and LAI. Availability of more along-track, off-nadir looking spaceborne sensors was recommended for agricultural crop monitoring.
xiii, 161 leaves : ill., map ; 29 cm
Artificial satellites in agriculture , Agriculture -- Remote sensing -- Research , Vegetation mapping -- Remote sensing -- Research , Leaf area index -- Data processing , Dissertations, Academic