Combining Estimation of Green Vegetation Fraction in an Arid Region from Landsat 7 ETM+ Data
AbstractFractional vegetation cover (FVC), or green vegetation fraction, is an important parameter for characterizing conditions of the land surface vegetation, and also a key variable of models for simulating cycles of water, carbon and energy on the land surface. There are several types of FVC estimation models using remote sensing data, and evaluating their performance over a specific region is of great significance. Therefore, this study firstly evaluated three types of FVC estimation models using Landsat 7 ETM+ data in an agriculture region of Heihe River Basin, China, and then proposed a combination strategy from different individual models to improve the FVC estimation accuracy, which employed the multiple linear regression (MLR) and Bayesian model average (BMA) methods. The validation results indicated that the spectral mixture analysis model with three endmembers (SMA3) achieved the best FVC estimation accuracy (determination coefficient (R2) = 0.902, root mean square error (RMSE) = 0.076) among the seven individual models using Landsat 7 ETM+ data. In addition, the MLR and BMA combination methods could both improve FVC estimation accuracy (R2 = 0.913, RMSE = 0.063 and R2 = 0.904, RMSE = 0.069 for MLR and BMA, respectively). Therefore, it could be concluded that both MLR and BMA combination methods integrating FVC estimates from different models using Landsat 7 ETM+ data could effectively weaken the estimation errors of individual models and improve the final FVC estimation accuracy. View Full-Text
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Jia, K.; Li, Y.; Liang, S.; Wei, X.; Yao, Y. Combining Estimation of Green Vegetation Fraction in an Arid Region from Landsat 7 ETM+ Data. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 1121.
Jia K, Li Y, Liang S, Wei X, Yao Y. Combining Estimation of Green Vegetation Fraction in an Arid Region from Landsat 7 ETM+ Data. Remote Sensing. 2017; 9(11):1121.Chicago/Turabian Style
Jia, Kun; Li, Yuwei; Liang, Shunlin; Wei, Xiangqin; Yao, Yunjun. 2017. "Combining Estimation of Green Vegetation Fraction in an Arid Region from Landsat 7 ETM+ Data." Remote Sens. 9, no. 11: 1121.
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