Near-surface sensor-derived phenology

Andrew D. Richardson, Stephen Klosterman, Michael Toomey

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Near-surface remote sensing provides a novel approach to phenological monitoring. Optical sensors mounted in relatively close proximity (typically 50 m or less) to the land surface can be used to quantify, at high temporal frequency, changes in the spectral properties of the surface associated with vegetation development and senescence. The scale of these measurements--intermediate between individual organisms and satellite pixels--is unique and advantageous for a variety of applications. In this chapter, we review and discuss a variety of approaches to near-surface remote sensing of phenology, including methods based on broad- and narrow-band radiometric sensors, and using commercially available digital cameras as inexpensive imaging sensors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhenology
Subtitle of host publicationAn Integrative Environmental Science
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789400769250
ISBN (Print)9400769245, 9789400769243
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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