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A Multispectral Canopy LiDAR Demonstrator Project

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7 Author(s)
Woodhouse, I.H. ; Sch. of Geosci., Univ. of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK ; Nichol, C. ; Sinclair, P. ; Jack, J.
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The first demonstration of a multispectral light detection and ranging (LiDAR) optimized for detailed structure and physiology measurements in forest ecosystems is described. The basic principle is to utilize, in a single instrument, both the capacity of multispectral sensing to measure plant physiology [through normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and photochemical reflectance index (PRI)] with the ability of LiDAR to measure vertical structure information and generate “hot spot” (specular) reflectance data independent of solar illumination. A tunable laser operated at four wavelengths (531, 550, 660, and 780 nm) was used to measure profiles of the NDVI and the PRI. Laboratory-based measurements were conducted for live trees, demonstrating that realistic values of the indexes can be measured. A model-based analysis demonstrates that the LiDAR waveforms cannot only capture the tree height information but also picks up the seasonal and vertical variation of NDVI inside the tree canopy.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 5 )