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Invertible canopy reflectance modeling of vegetation structure in semiarid woodland

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2 Author(s)
J. Franklin ; Dept. of Geogr., California Univ., Santa Barbara, CA, USA ; A. H. Strahler

The Li-Strahler canopy reflectance model, driven by Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) data, provided regional estimates of tree size and density in two bioclimatic zones in West Africa. This model exploits tree geometry in an inversion technique to predict average tree size and density from reflectance data using a few simple parameters measured in the field (spatial pattern, shape, and size distribution of trees) and in the imagery (spectral signatures of scene components). The model was tested in sparse woodland and wooded grassland in the Sahelian and Sudanian bioclimatic zones in West Africa

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 6 )