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Remote sensing analysis of Mediterranean ecosystem canopies and upscaling studies
Author(s): Fausto Manes; Silvia Anselmi; Eleonora Canfora; Monica Giannini
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Paper Abstract

This study analyzed a natural site located in Central Italy which is a part of the Circeo National Park. An integrated approach was developed to correlate remote sensing TM data with field measurements of Leaf Area Index (LAI). Six vegetation types were discriminated by a supervised classification of the Circeo forest. Approximately 80% of the surface of the territory analyzed is dominated by natural mixed oak woody communities. Pine reforested areas are also present. LAI field measurements were correlated with normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) obtaining a high correlation (y equals 15.587X2.2967; r2 equals 0.88). An estimation of LAI for the entire forest was performed and an LAI map created. The correlation between the measured and the estimated LAI was also high (r2 equals 0.91). The study shows the potential of spatial scale integration to analyze and to monitor plant coenosis in Mediterranean areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3222, Earth Surface Remote Sensing, (30 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.298133
Show Author Affiliations
Fausto Manes, Univ. of Rome La Sapienza (Italy)
Silvia Anselmi, Univ. of Molise (Italy)
Eleonora Canfora, Univ. of Rome La Sapienza (Italy)
Monica Giannini, Univ. of Rome La Sapienza (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3222:
Earth Surface Remote Sensing
Giovanna Cecchi; Edwin T. Engman; Eugenio Zilioli, Editor(s)

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