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AVIRIS imagery for forest attribute information: anisotropic effects and limitations in multi-temporal data. 2000. Bhogal, A.S.; Goodenough, D.G.; Gougeon, F.A.; Dyk, A.; Niemann, K.O. Pages 1388-1392 (Vol. 4) in Proceedings of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) IEEE 2000 International, July 24-28, 2000, Honolulu, HI. IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, USA.

Year: 2000

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25843

Language: English

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Hyperspectral data can provide valuable forest information, such as forest species, stand density, biochemistry, and forest structure. It is also well known that optical radiometric properties of forest objects vary with the angles of illumination and view angle. The anisotropy of the forest canopy can restrict the determination of the forest parameters of interest. In high relief areas such as Vancouver Island, Canada the impact of illumination effects presents numerous additional complexities. The authors present the results of a study undertaken to assess forest attribute determination from AVIRIS data acquired over the Greater Victoria Watershed District Test Site (GVWD) on Vancouver Island B.C., Canada on two dates. A comparison of data from a number of test plots is carried out using AVIRIS imagery acquired in 1993 and 1994. Inventory information (such as stem density, species distribution, biomass, etc.) for these plots is known as a result of field sampling and data fusion of the AVIRIS Hyperspectral data with high spatial resolution (1 m) MEIS data and AirSAR data For GVWD, the dominant forest species is Douglas fir. Similarly aged stands on different slopes and at various aspects provide a sampling of view angles. Acquisitions at different times of the day sample the variation in illumination angles. AVIRIS reflectances from 1993 and 1994 are used to determine the limitations imposed by a range of off-nadir angles and BRDF effects.