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TitleQuantification and reduction of bidirectional effects in aerial CIR imagery of deciduous forest using two reference land surfaces types
AuthorPellikka, P; King, D J; Leblanc, S GORCID logo
SourceRemote Sensing Reviews vol. 19, no. 43104, 2000 p. 259-291,
Alt SeriesNatural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20181454
PublisherInforma UK Limited
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Subjectsgeophysics; remote sensing
ProgramCanada Centre for Remote Sensing Divsion
AbstractBidirectional effects in airborne remote sensing data are governed by land surface reflectance characteristics, atmospheric scattering and the sun-object-sensor angular relationship. These factors introduce brightness variations in the data that render quantitative analysis more difficult. On the other hand, bidirectional reflectance distribution functions (BRDF) of land surfaces provide information about the physical characteristics of the surface. This study has two objectives. The first is to reduce brightness variations in aerial false colour imagery using empirical methods. The second is to test if bidirectional effects must be modelled using sample data only for the land surface type under analysis or can another surrogate land cover type, which may be easier to sample in the imagery, be used. The method is based on multiple view angle imaging of two reference land surfaces using highly overlapping stereo frame format imagery. Reduction of BRDF effects includes derivation of a quantification factor used in a formula based on the Rayleigh scattering function. The performance of the method is determined by evaluating the residual variations in mean digital number (DN) of several test plots located in two overlapping images. The study area is a temperate deciduous forest damaged to varying degrees by a severe ice storm in 1998. For sixteen test plots throughout the forest, it was found that the mean DN values of the plots in the two images became more similar when the correction model was derived from samples of the same deciduous forests. However, a BRDF model derived from samples of vegetated fields nearby reduced the variations between images for some of the sixteen forest plots more than the forest BRDF model. These plots were less damaged, had high canopy cover, and were located on steep slopes oriented towards the sun. They had scattering characteristics more similar to the fields than to the deciduous forest as a whole. Two principal conclusions were derived. First, it is essential that the model used to derive the BRDF correction be from the same land cover as the land cover type under study. Second, the suitability of the quantification factors for the BRDF correction provided additional information about the forest structure and damage level.

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