SPECTRAL MAPPING OF SHOTGRASS PRAIRIE BIOMASS

Multispectral scanner data have been processed to yield biomass maps of imagery from shortgrass prairie vegetation. The results of the image processing of these data were compared to actual biomass values measured at the time the aircraft data were acquired. The comparison demonstrated that image processing predicted 1.15 times the actual biomass present with a correlation coefficient of 0.98 for biomass ground-truth areas sampled from a flight line containing a large range of biomass values. A simple, hand-held device has been constructed which utilizes a spectral ratio between two specific wavelengths, 0.68 and 0.80 micrometers, to accurately estimate grass biomass. Several field experiments have demonstrated correlation coefficients between 0.95 to 0.98 for the hand-held device in estimating undisturbed grass canopy biomass. The hand-held device has been shown to be an accurate and expedient method for estimating grass canopy biomass. This type of device could be used to gather greater amounts of ground-truth information from overflight areas and thus would add greater statistical significance to image processing results.

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    American Society of Photogrammetry

    105 North Virginia Avenue
    Falls Church, VA  USA  22046
  • Authors:
    • Pearson, R L
    • Tucker, C J
    • Miller, L D
  • Publication Date: 1976-3

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 317-323
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  • Accession Number: 00135048
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 11 1976 12:00AM