Merging unmixed Landsat TM data in a semi-empirical SAR model for the assessment of herbaceous vegetation biomass in a heterogeneous environment Conference Paper uri icon


  • In this paper we suggest a remote sensing methodology for herbaceous Areal Aboveground Biomass (AAB) estimations in the heterogeneous Mediterranean system. The methodology developed is based on a modification of the water-cloud model to the conditions of mixed environments including shrub, dwarf shrub and herb formations. The use of the Green leaf biomass Volumetric Density (GVD) as a canopy descriptor and the use of soil and vegetation fractions from Lansat TM data facilitated improvements in the application of the water-cloud model to the study area and enabled successful reproduction of the backscatter from the Mediterranean vegetation formations and the derivation of AAB values of herbaceous vegetation. The model was applied to the entire image domain and the AAB layers achieved probe capable of representing spatio-temporal patterns of changing AAB. Based on these …

publication date

  • January 1, 2002