Sensitivity of Common Vegetation Indices to the Canopy Structure of Field Crops
AbstractLeaf inclination angle distribution is an important canopy structure characteristic which directly impacts the fraction of the intercepted solar radiation. Together with the leaf area index (LAI) it determines the structure and fractional cover of a homogeneous crop canopy. Unfortunately, this key canopy parameter has usually been ignored when applying common multispectral vegetation indices to the mapping of LAI, although its impact is known from model simulations. Therefore, we measured leaf angles and determined their distribution (quantified using the leaf mean tilt angle, MTA) for six crop species with different structures growing on 162 plots with a broad range of LAI (1.1–5.0) and leaf chlorophyll content (26–94 μg cm−2). Next, we calculated six vegetation indices widely used for LAI monitoring—the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), the enhanced vegetation index (EVI), the two band enhanced vegetation index (EVI2), the modified triangular vegetation index (MTVI2), the optimized soil adjusted vegetation index (OSAVI) and the wide dynamic range vegetation index (WDRVI)—from airborne imaging spectroscopy data. We calculated the Spearman’s correlation coefficient
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Zou, X.; Mõttus, M. Sensitivity of Common Vegetation Indices to the Canopy Structure of Field Crops. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 994.
Zou X, Mõttus M. Sensitivity of Common Vegetation Indices to the Canopy Structure of Field Crops. Remote Sensing. 2017; 9(10):994.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zou, Xiaochen; Mõttus, Matti. 2017. "Sensitivity of Common Vegetation Indices to the Canopy Structure of Field Crops." Remote Sens. 9, no. 10: 994.
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