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Training a neural network with a canopy reflectance model to estimate crop leaf area index.

Danson, FM, Rowland, CS and Baret, F 2003, 'Training a neural network with a canopy reflectance model to estimate crop leaf area index.' , International Journal of Remote Sensing, 24 (23) , pp. 4891-4905.

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Abstract

This paper outlines the strategies available for estimating the biophysical properties of crop canopies from remotely sensed data. Spectral reflectance and biophysical data were obtained over 132 plots of sugarbeet (Beta vulgaris var. saccharifera) and in the first part of the paper the strength of the relationships between vegetation indices (VI) and leaf area index (LAI) are examined. In the second part, an approach is tested in which a canopy reflectance model is used to generate simulated spectra for a wide range of biophysical conditions and these data are used to train an artificial neural network (ANN). The advantage of the second approach is that a priori knowledge of the measurement conditions including soil reflectance, canopy architecture and solar position can be included explicitly in the modelling. The results show that the estimation of sugarbeet LAI using a trained neural network is more reliable than the use of VI and has the potential to replace the use of VI for operational applications. The use of a priori data on the variation in soil spectral reflectance gave rise to a small increase in LAI estimation accuracy.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunication (Inc. www, lidar, radio, radar, phone, TV)
Subjects / Themes > G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Subjects / Themes > G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Remote Sensing
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0143-1161
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2007 14:18
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/718

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