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Principles of the radiosity method versus radiative transfer for canopy reflectance modelingThe radiosity method is introduced to plant canopy reflectance modeling. We review the physics principles of the radiosity method which originates in thermal radiative transfer analyses when hot and cold surfaces are considered within a given enclosure. The radiosity equation, which is an energy balance equation for discrete surfaces, is described and contrasted with the radiative transfer equation, which is a volumetric energy balance equation. Comparing the strengths and weaknesses of the radiosity method and the radiative transfer method, we conclude that both methods are complementary to each other. Results of sample calculations are given for canopy models with up to 20,000 discrete leaves.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Gerstl, Siegfried A. W.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Borel, Christoph C.
(Los Alamos National Laboratory NM, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Volume: 30
Issue: 2, Ma
ISSN: 0196-2892
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
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