9 November 2004 Remotely sensed estimates of crop water demand
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In water limited environments, the density and water content of plant canopies are highly correlated to available soil moisture. Specific absorption bands for liquid water are identifiable and the variation in their depths can be related to canopy water content using high spectral resolution (hyperspectral) imagery. The spectral absorption feature centered at approximately 980 nm has been widely utilized for estimating equivalent water thickness, a measure of the volume of canopy water if it is equally distributed over the area of the pixel. Although it is affected by canopy structure, it is highly correlated with plant water content, and is independent of reflectance changes due to photosynthetic pigments. This study relates the depth of the 980 nm water band absorption, measured by the continuum removal (CR) technique, to crop water stress, and compares these results to other vegetation and plant stress indicators, NDVI and NDWI.
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Susan L. Ustin, Susan L. Ustin, David Darling, David Darling, Shawn Kefauver, Shawn Kefauver, Jonathan Greenberg, Jonathan Greenberg, Yen-Ben Cheng, Yen-Ben Cheng, Michael L. Whiting, Michael L. Whiting, } "Remotely sensed estimates of crop water demand", Proc. SPIE 5544, Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability, (9 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560309; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.560309

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