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Effect of vegetation on rock and soil type discriminationThe effect of naturally occurring vegetation on the spectral reflectance of earth materials in the wavelength region of 0.45 to 2.4 microns is determined by computer averaging of in situ acquired spectral data. The amount and type of vegetation and the spectral reflectance of the ground are considered. Low albedo materials may be altered beyond recognition with only ten per cent green vegetation cover. Dead or dry vegetation does not greatly alter the shape of the spectral reflectance curve and only changes the albedo with minimum wavelength dependency. With increasing amounts of vegetation the Landsat MSS band ratios 4/6, 4/7, 5/6, and 5/7 are significantly decreased whereas MSS ratios 4/5 and 6/7 remain entirely constant.
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Siegal, B. S.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Goetz, A. F. H.
(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Calif., United States)
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August 8, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 1977
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Publication: Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Volume: 43
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
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