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Response of vegetation indices to changes in three measures of leaf water stressThe responses of vegetation indices to changes in water stress were evaluated in two separate laboratory experiments. In one experiment the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), the near-IR to red ratio (near-IR/red), the Infrared Index (II), and the Moisture Stress Index (MSI) were more highly correlated to leaf water potential in lodgepole pine branches than were the Leaf Water Content Index (LWCI), the mid-IR ratio (Mid-IR), or any of the single Thematic Mapper (TM) bands. In the other experiment, these six indices and the TM Tasseled Cap brightness, greenness, and wetness indices responded to changes in leaf relative water content (RWC) differently than they responded to changes in leaf water content (WC) of three plant species, and the responses were dependent on how experimental replicates were pooled. With no pooling, the LWCI was the most highly correlated index to both RWC and WC among replications, followed by the II, MSI, and wetness. Only the LWCI was highly correlated to RWC and WC when replications were pooled within species. With among species pooling the LWCI was the only index highly correlated with RWC, while the II, MSI, Mid-IR, and wetness were most highly correlated with WC.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Cohen, Warren B.
(USDA, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Corvallis OR, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Volume: 57
ISSN: 0099-1112
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
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