31 August 1993 Reconstructed high-resolution scatterometer data: a comparison with AVHRR vegetation index images for regional-scale monitoring of tropical rain forests
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There is considerable interest in utilizing microwave and visible spectrum imagery for the assessment of tropical rain forests. Because rain forest spans large sub-continental areas, medium resolution (1 - 16 km) imagery will play an important role in providing a global perspective of any forest removal or change. Since 1978, AVHRR imagery from NOAA polar orbiters has provided coverage of tropical regions at this desirable resolution, but much of the imagery is plagued with heavy cloud cover typical of equatorial regions. In contrast, no historical source of active microwave imagery at native 1 - 16 km resolution exists for all the global rain forest regions. In this paper, the authors compare the utility of Seasat scatterometer (SASS) ku-band microwave data to early-date AVHRR vegetation index products for discrimination of tropical vegetation formations. When considered separately, both the AVHRR imagery and the SASS imagery could be used to distinguish between broad categories of equatorial land cover, but the AVHRR imagery was slightly superior. When combined, the two data sets provided discrimination capability superior than could be obtained by using either set alone.
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Perry J. Hardin, David G. Long, "Reconstructed high-resolution scatterometer data: a comparison with AVHRR vegetation index images for regional-scale monitoring of tropical rain forests", Proc. SPIE 1941, Ground Sensing, (31 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.154701; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.154701
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