Characterization of seagrass spectral reflectance response is important to understand seagrass condition and for
the possibility of mapping activities using remote sensing data, which is important for the management,
monitoring, and evaluation of seagrass ecosystem. This paper presents the spectral reflectance response of
several tropical seagrass species. These species are Enhalus acoroides (Ea), Thalassia hemprichii (Th) and
Cymodocea rotundata (Cr). Spectral reflectance response of healthy seagrass, epiphyte-covered seagrass, and
damaged seagrass leaves for each species were measured using Jaz EL-350 field spectrometer ranged from 350 -
1100 nm. Repeated measurements were performed above water on harvested seagrass leaves. The results
indicate that there is a change in spectral reflectance response of damaged or epiphyte-covered seagrass leaves
compared to the healthy leaves. The results show similar pattern for the three species, where the peak
reflectance in visible wavelengths shifted toward longer wavelengths on damaged seagrass leaves. The results of
this research open up a possibility of mapping seagrass health condition using remote sensing image.
Pramaditya Wicaksono and Muhammad Kamal, "Spectral response of healthy and damaged leaves of tropical seagrass Enhalus acoroides, Thalassia hemprichii, and Cymodocea rotundata," Proc. SPIE 10421, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIX, 104210L (Presented at SPIE Remote Sensing: September 13, 2017; Published: 2 November 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2278027.
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