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Measurement and management of vegetation biomass accumulation in ecosystems typically involves extensive field data collection, which can be expensive and time consuming, while leaving the user with relatively crude inputs to intricate biomass models. Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) remote sensing, which provides extensive height measurements of terrain and vegetation, has become an effective alternative to characterize vegetation structure. In this paper, we report on ongoing efforts at developing signal processing approaches to model herbaceous biomass using a new generation of airborne laser scanners, namely full-waveform LiDAR systems. Structural and statistic-based feature metrics are directly derived from LiDAR waveforms at the pixel level and related to plot-level field data. Initial results reveal a definite correlation between the LiDAR waveform and herbaceous biomass. Ongoing research focuses on the links between fractional cover estimated from imaging spectroscopy and woody biomass.
Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium,2009 IEEE International,IGARSS 2009 (Volume:2 )
Date of Conference: 12-17 July 2009