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dc.contributor.authorKinane, Stephen M.en
dc.contributor.authorMontes, Cristian R.en
dc.contributor.authorAlbaugh, Timothy J.en
dc.contributor.authorMishra, Deepak R.en
dc.identifier.citationKinane, S.M.; Montes, C.R.; Albaugh, T.J.; Mishra, D.R. A Model to Estimate Leaf Area Index in Loblolly Pine Plantations Using Landsat 5 and 7 Images. Remote Sens. 2021, 13, 1140.en
dc.description.abstractVegetation indices calculated from remotely sensed satellite imagery are commonly used within empirically derived models to estimate leaf area index in loblolly pine plantations in the southeastern United States. The data used to parameterize the models typically come with observation errors, resulting in biased parameters. The objective of this study was to quantify and reduce the effects of observation errors on a leaf area index (LAI) estimation model using imagery from Landsat 5 TM and 7 ETM+ and over 1500 multitemporal measurements from a Li-Cor 2000 Plant Canopy Analyzer. Study data comes from a 16 quarter 1 ha plot with 1667 trees per hectare (2 m × 3 m spacing) fertilization and irrigation research site with re-measurements taken between 1992 and 2004. Using error-in-variable methods, we evaluated multiple vegetation indices, calculated errors associated with their observations, and corrected for them in the modeling process. We found that the normalized difference moisture index provided the best correlation with below canopy LAI measurements (76.4%). A nonlinear model that accounts for the nutritional status of the stand was found to provide the best estimates of LAI, with a root mean square error of 0.418. The analysis in this research provides a more extensive evaluation of common vegetation indices used to estimate LAI in loblolly pine plantations and a modeling framework that extends beyond the typical linear model. The proposed model provides a simple to use form allowing forest practitioners to evaluate LAI development and its uncertainty in historic pine plantations in a spatial and temporal context.en
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 Internationalen
dc.titleA Model to Estimate Leaf Area Index in Loblolly Pine Plantations Using Landsat 5 and 7 Imagesen
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden
dc.description.versionPublished versionen
dc.contributor.departmentForest Resources & Environmental Conservationen
dc.title.serialRemote Sensingen

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