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Unmixing AVHRR imagery to assess clearcuts and forest regrowth in Oregon

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2 Author(s)
Hlavka, Christine A. ; NASA Ames Res. Center, Moffett Field, CA, USA ; Spanner, M.A.

Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer imagery provides frequent and low-cost coverage of the Earth, but its coarse spatial resolution (1.1 km by 1.1 km) does not lend itself to standard techniques of automated categorization of land cover classes because the pixels are generally mixed; that is, the extent of the pixel includes several land use/cover classes. Unmixing procedures were developed to extract land use/cover class signatures from mixed pixels, using Landsat Thematic Mapper data as a source for the training set, and to estimate fractions of class coverage within pixels. Application of these unmixing procedures to mapping forest clearcuts and regrowth in Oregon indicated that unmixing is a promising approach for mapping major trends in land cover with AVHRR bands 1 and 2. Including thermal bands by unmixing AVHRR bands 1-4 did not lead to significant improvements in accuracy, but experiments with unmixing these four bands did indicate that use of weighted least squares techniques might lead to improvements in other applications of unmixing

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 3 )