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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Calibration of a biome-biogeochemical cycles model for modeling the net primary production of teak forests through inverse modeling of remotely sensed data
Author(s): Chomchid Imvitthaya; Kiyoshi Honda; Surat Lertlum; Nipon Tangtham
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we present the results of a net primary production (NPP) modeling of teak (Tectona grandis Lin F.), an important species in tropical deciduous forests. The biome-biogeochemical cycles or Biome-BGC model was calibrated to estimate net NPP through the inverse modeling approach. A genetic algorithm (GA) was linked with Biome-BGC to determine the optimal ecophysiological model parameters. The Biome-BGC was calibrated by adjusting the ecophysiological model parameters to fit the simulated LAI to the satellite LAI (SPOT-Vegetation), and the best fitness confirmed the high accuracy of generated ecophysioligical parameter from GA. The modeled NPP, using optimized parameters from GA as input data, was evaluated using daily NPP derived by the MODIS satellite and the annual field data in northern Thailand. The results showed that NPP obtained using the optimized ecophysiological parameters were more accurate than those obtained using default literature parameterization. This improvement occurred mainly because the model's optimized parameters reduced the bias by reducing systematic underestimation in the model. These Biome-BGC results can be effectively applied in teak forests in tropical areas. The study proposes a more effective method of using GA to determine ecophysiological parameters at the site level and represents a first step toward the analysis of the carbon budget of teak plantations at the regional scale.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2011
PDF: 20 pages
J. Appl. Rem. Sens. 5(1) 053516 doi: 10.1117/1.3567194
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 5, Issue 1
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Chomchid Imvitthaya, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
Kiyoshi Honda, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
Surat Lertlum, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
Nipon Tangtham, Kasetsart Univ. (Thailand)

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