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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-4005

Kneubühler, M; Koetz, B; Huber, S; Zimmermann, N E; Schaepman, M E (2008). Space-based spectrodirectional measurements for the improved estimation of ecosystem variables. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 34(3):192-205.

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In this paper, four unique information sources of the Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS) onboard the Project for On-Board Autonomy (PROBA-1) are exploited, namely, the spectral, directional, spatial, and temporal dimensions. Based on the results of three case studies in Switzerland, the use of multi-angular CHRIS-PROBA data for monitoring complex and dynamic vegetation canopies of forests and agricultural crops is demonstrated. We conclude that simultaneous exploitation of the spectrodirectional and temporal behaviours of various vegetation canopies allows for assessing the biochemical and biophysical properties on the one hand and provides additional information on canopy structure via the directional component on the other hand. The study cases focus on various aspects of combining these information dimensions for improved retrieval of vegetation characteristics, namely, (i) the vegetation heterogeneity measurements that use the Minnaert function parameter k, (ii) an improved assessment of foliar water content (CW) and nitrogen concentration (CN) based on multi-angular data, and (iii) continuous leaf area index (LAI) time-profiles lead to more accurate estimates of ecosystem processes and inventorying studies. The first study’s assessment of canopy structure and heterogeneity from multi-angular data using Minnaert’s k successfully demonstrates the distinction between closed and medium-density canopies. The second case study shows that the assessment of plant biochemistry from remotely sensed data profits from the information gained from multi-angular datasets. A synergistic approach that integrates multiple sources of information for the estimation of LAI over the season produces promising results for crop growth monitoring in the third case study. CHRIS-PROBA’s multi-angular observations at the regional scale, while having a comparable spatial resolution of Landsat satellites, can significantly contribute to a better understanding of regional surface anisotropy. This strengthens the link between field observations and canopy scale applications. The results of the three case studies clearly demonstrate the potential and value of spectrodirectional Earth observations at regional scales for ecological monitoring and modeling studies.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
DDC:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:22 Oct 2008 15:20
Last Modified:24 Nov 2012 10:05
Publisher:Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
ISSN:0703-8992
Additional Information:© 2008 CASI. Further distribution is not permitted
Official URL:http://pubs.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/cjrs/m08-024.html
Related URLs:http://pubs.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/cjrs/cjrs.html

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