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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing • Open Access

Soil isoline equations in the red–NIR reflectance subspace describe a heterogeneous canopy

Paper Abstract

This study introduces derivations of the soil isoline equation for the case of partial canopy coverage. The derivation relied on extending the previously derived soil isoline equations, which assumed full canopy coverage. This extension was achieved by employing a two-band linear mixture model, in which the fraction of vegetation cover (FVC) was considered explicitly as a biophysical parameter. A parametric form of the soil isoline equation, which accounted for the influence of the FVC, was thereby derived. The differences between the soil isolines of the fully covered and partially covered cases were explored analytically. This study derived the approximated isoline equations for nine cases defined by the choice of the truncation order in the parametric form. A set of numerical experiments was conducted using coupled leaf and canopy radiative transfer models. The numerical results revealed that the accuracy of the soil isoline increased with the truncation order, and they confirmed the validity of the derived expressions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2016
PDF: 18 pages
J. Appl. Rem. Sens. 10(1) 016013 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.10.016013
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 10, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Kenta Obata, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan)
Kenta Taniguchi, Aichi Prefectural Univ. (Japan)
Hiroki Yoshioka, Aichi Prefectural Univ. (Japan)

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