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Using LANDSAT digital data for estimating green biomassThe author has identified the following significant results. Relationships between the quantity of mixed prairie rangeland vegetation and LANDSAT MSS response were studied during four growing seasons at test sites throughout the United States Great Plans region. A LANDSAT derived parameter, the normalized difference was developed from theoretical considerations fro statistical estimation of the amount and seasonal condition of rangeland vegetation. This parameter was tested for application to local assessment of green forage biomass and regional monitoring of range feed conditions and drought. Results show that for grasslands in the Great Plains with near continuous vegetative cover and free of heavy brush and forbs, the LANDSAT digital data can provide a useful estimate of the quantity of green forage biomass (within 250 kg/ha), and at least five levels of pasture and range feed conditions can be adequately mapped for extended regions.
Document ID
19800024311
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Deering, D. W.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Haas, R. H.
(Texas A and M Univ. College Station, United States)
Date Acquired
September 4, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1980
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
Report/Patent Number
E80-10328
NASA-TM-80727
Meeting Information
Meeting: Ann. Meeting of the Soc. for Range Management Symp. on Rangeland Remote Sensing
Location: Portland, OR
Country: United States
Start Date: February 17, 1977
Accession Number
80N32819
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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