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Utilization of hyperspectral image optical indices to assess the Norway spruce forest health status


Misurec, Jan; Kopačková, Veronika; Lhotáková, Zuzana; Hanuš, Jan; Weyermann, Jörg; Entcheva-Campbell, Petya; Albrechtová, Jana (2012). Utilization of hyperspectral image optical indices to assess the Norway spruce forest health status. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 6(1):063545.

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The work is concerned with assessing the health status of trees of the Norway spruce species using airborne hyperspectral (HS) data (HyMap). The study was conducted in the Sokolov basin in the western part of the Czech Republic. First, statistics were employed to assess and validate diverse empirical models based on spectral information using the ground truth data (biochemically determined chlorophyll content). The model attaining the greatest accuracy (D718/D704∶RMSE=0.2055  mg/g, R2=0.9370) was selected to produce a map of foliar chlorophyll concentrations (Cab). The Cab values retrieved from the HS data were tested together with other nonquantitative vegetation indicators derived from the HyMap image reflectance to create a statistical method allowing assessment of the condition of Norway spruce. As a result, we integrated the following HyMap derived parameters (Cab, REP, and SIPI) to assess the subtle changes in physiological status of the macroscopically undamaged foliage of Norway spruce within the four studied test sites. Our classification results and the previously published studies dealing with assessing the condition of Norway spruce using chlorophyll contents are in a good agreement and indicate that this method is potentially useful for general applicability after further testing and validation.

Abstract

The work is concerned with assessing the health status of trees of the Norway spruce species using airborne hyperspectral (HS) data (HyMap). The study was conducted in the Sokolov basin in the western part of the Czech Republic. First, statistics were employed to assess and validate diverse empirical models based on spectral information using the ground truth data (biochemically determined chlorophyll content). The model attaining the greatest accuracy (D718/D704∶RMSE=0.2055  mg/g, R2=0.9370) was selected to produce a map of foliar chlorophyll concentrations (Cab). The Cab values retrieved from the HS data were tested together with other nonquantitative vegetation indicators derived from the HyMap image reflectance to create a statistical method allowing assessment of the condition of Norway spruce. As a result, we integrated the following HyMap derived parameters (Cab, REP, and SIPI) to assess the subtle changes in physiological status of the macroscopically undamaged foliage of Norway spruce within the four studied test sites. Our classification results and the previously published studies dealing with assessing the condition of Norway spruce using chlorophyll contents are in a good agreement and indicate that this method is potentially useful for general applicability after further testing and validation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:08 Apr 2013 11:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:44
Publisher:SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN:1931-3195
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.6.063545

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