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Soil types and forest canopy structures in southern Missouri: A first look with AIS dataSpectral reflectance properties of deciduous oak-hickory forests covering the eastern half of the Rolla Quadrangle were examined using Thematic Mapper (TM) data acquired in August and December, 1982 and Airborne Imaging Spectrometer (AIS) data acquired in August, 1985. For the TM data distinctly high relative reflectance values (greater than 0.3) in the near infrared (Band 4, 0.73 to 0.94 micrometers) correspond to regions characterized by xeric (dry) forests that overlie soils with low water retention capacities. These soils are derived primarily from rhyolites. More mesic forests characterized by lower TM band 4 relative reflectances are associated with soils of higher retention capacities derived predominately from non-cherty carbonates. The major factors affecting canopy reflectance appear to be the leaf area index (LAI) and leaf optical properties. The Suits canopy reflectance model predicts the relative reflectance values for the xeric canopies. The mesic canopy reflectance is less well matched and incorporation of canopy shadowing caused by the irregular nature of the mesic canopy may be necessary. Preliminary examination of high spectral resolution AIS data acquired in August of 1985 reveals no more information than found in the broad band TM data.
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Conference Paper
Green, G. M. (Washington Univ. Saint Louis, MO, United States)
Arvidson, R. E. (Washington Univ. Saint Louis, MO, United States)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
August 15, 1986
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Publication: JPL Proceedings of the Second Airborne Imaging Spectrometer Data Analysis Workshop
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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