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Remote sensing of fuel moisture content from the ratios of canopy water indices with a foliar dry matter index
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Paper Abstract

Fuel moisture content (FMC) is an important variable for predicting the occurrence and spread of wildfire. Foliar FMC was calculated as the ratio of leaf foliar water content (Cw) and dry matter content (Cm). Recently, the normalized dry matter index (NDMI) was developed for the remote sensing of Cm using high-spectral resolution data. This study explored the potential for remote sensing of FMC using the ratio of various vegetation water indices with NDMI. For leaf-scale simulations, all index ratios were significantly related to FMC. For canopy-scale simulations, ratio indices of the normalized difference infrared index (NDII) and normalized difference water index (NDWI) with NDMI predicted FMC with R2 values of 0.900 and 0.864, respectively. NDII/NDMI determined from leaf reflectance data had the highest correlation with FMC. Further investigation needs to be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of this approach at canopy scales with airborne remote sensing data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8513, Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability IX, 851302 (24 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.930077
Show Author Affiliations
E. Raymond Hunt Jr., USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab. (United States)
Lingli Wang, George Mason Univ. (United States)
John J. Qu, George Mason Univ. (United States)
Xianjun Hao, George Mason Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8513:
Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability IX
Wei Gao; Thomas J. Jackson, Editor(s)

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