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TitleVariability of seasonal CASI image data products and potential application for management zone delineation for precision agriculture
AuthorLiu, J; Miller, J R; Haboudane, D; Pattey, E; Nolin, M C
SourceEarth observation of Canada's landmass: results and future needs: a workshop in honour of Josef Cihlar on the occasion of his retirement; by Trishchenko, AORCID logo (ed.); Chen, WORCID logo (ed.); Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing vol. 31, no. 5, 2005 p. 400-411, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherInforma UK Limited
MeetingEarth observation of Canada's landmass: results and future needs: a workshop in honour of Josef Cihlar on the occasion of his retirement; Ottawa, ON; CA; September 30 - October 1, 2004
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
SubjectsNature and Environment; remote sensing; satellite imagery; statistical analysis
Illustrationssketch maps; tables; plots; satellite images; bar graphs
ProgramCanadian Space Agency, Government Related Initiative Program (GRIP)
ProgramGEOIDE Geomatics for Informed Decisions
Released2014 06 02
AbstractThe delineation of management zones is an important step to implementing site-specific crop management practices. Remote sensing is a cost-effective way to acquire information needed for delineating management zones, since it has been successfully used for mapping soil properties and monitoring crop growth conditions. Remotely sensed hyperspectral data are particularly effective in deriving crop biophysical parameters in agricultural fields; therefore, the potential of hyperspectral data to contribute to management zone delineation needs to be assessed. In this study, the spatial variability of soil and crops in two agricultural fields was studied using seasonal compact airborne spectrographic imager (CASI) hyperspectral images. Different spectral features including soil brightness and colouration indices, principal components of soil reflectance data, and crop descriptors (leaf area index (LAI) and leaf chlorophyll content) were derived
from CASI data and used to partition the fields into homogeneous zones using the fuzzy k means unsupervised classification method. The reduction of variances of soil electrical conductivity, LAI, leaf chlorophyll content, and yield was inspected to determine the appropriate number of zones for each field. The zones obtained were interpreted according to the soil survey map and field practices. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was conducted to examine the effectiveness of the delineation. The study shows that the spatial patterns of the resulting soil zones faithfully represent the soil classes described by the soil survey maps, and the spatial patterns of the resulting crop classes discriminated the different crop growth conditions well. These results show that hyperspectral data provide important information on field variability for management zone delineation in precision agriculture.

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