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Synergy of thermal and optical remote sensing signatures with biophysical models for estimating dynamic change of biomass and CO2 flux in agricultural ecosystems
Author(s): Yoshio Inoue; Albert Olioso
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Paper Abstract

The objective of this study was to investigate the potential of the synergy between the biophysical/ecophysiological models and remote sensing signatures for dynamic estimation of key biophysical variables at the ecosystems-atmosphere interface. We obtained a long-term and comprehensive data set of micrometeorological, plant, and remote sensing (optical and thermal domains) measurements over well-managed uniform agricultural fields. The net ecosystem CO2 flux (NEECO2) was measured by the eddy covariance method (ECM). A soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer (SVAT) model was used to describe the energy balance, water budget, and physiological processes in the soil-vegetation-atmosphere system that allowed simulating the seasonal change of CO2 and water fluxes as well as biomass, photosynthesis, soil water, and surface temperatures. Both remotely sensed surface temperature and spectral reflectance were useful to effectively tune the process-based model, so that biomass, evapotranspiration, and CO2 flux were accurately simulated. Simulated NEECO2 agreed nicely with those measured by ECM, while simulated biomass agreed well with independent measurements. The synergy of remote sensing and process-based modeling was quite effective in utilizing infrequent and multi-source remote sensing data. This approach would have great potential for quantitative and dynamic assessment of multiple variables in terrestrial ecosystems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5568, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology VI, (26 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.565481
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Yoshio Inoue, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (Japan)
Albert Olioso, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, CNR (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5568:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology VI
Manfred Owe; Guido D'Urso; Ben T. Gouweleeuw; Anne M. Jochum, Editor(s)

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