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Wageningen University (2014)

Coniferous needle-leaves, shots and canopies : a remote sensing approach

Yáñez Rausell, L.

Titre : Coniferous needle-leaves, shots and canopies : a remote sensing approach

Auteur : Yáñez Rausell, L.

Université de soutenance : Wageningen University

Grade : Doctor 2014

Résumé partiel
Coniferous forests are important in the regulation of the Earth’s climate and thus continuous monitoring of these ecosystems is crucial to better understand potential responses to climate change. Optical remote sensing (RS) provides powerful methods for the estimation of essential climate variables and for global forest monitoring. However, coniferous forests represent challenging targets for RS methods, mainly due to structural features specific for coniferous trees (e.g. narrow needle leaves, shoot clumping) whose effects on the RS signal are not yet known or not yet fully understood.

Recognizing the need for a better adaptation of RS methods to such spatially heterogeneous and structurally complex canopies, this thesis contributes to improving the interpretation of the remotely sensed optical signal reflected from coniferous stands by focusing on specific knowledge gaps identified in the RS methods at different scales of the coniferous canopies. In addition, it explores the application of approaches that simplify the way the structural complexity of such an environment is tackled when using canopy-level radiative transfer approaches. Three main levels based on the identified gaps were defined for the analysis : (needle) leaf level (chapter 2 and 3) ; shoot level (chapter 4) and canopy level (chapter 5).

At leaf levelthis thesis contributes to minimizing the uncertainties and errors related to leaf optical measuring methods adapted for needle leaves. Although optical properties of coniferous leaves are extensively used in RS approaches (i.e. as input or as validation data), there is only a limited number of techniques available for measuring coniferous leaves. The first focus of this thesis was to review the shortcomings and uncertainties of such methods in order to identify application limits and potential improvements (chapter 2). A review showed that a more standardized measuring protocol was needed, for which measurement uncertainties and errors had to be identified, quantified and preferably removed or minimized. Thus, an experimental set-up improving the original method of Mesarch et al. (1999) was presented (chapter 3), which focused on analyzing uncertainties caused by the presence of the sample holder and by the multiple scattering triggered by both the shape of the specific needle cross-section, and the distance between the needles composing a sample. Results showed that both the sample holder and the multiple scattering, triggered specially by the shape of the non-flat cross section of the coniferous needle-leaves, had a non-negligible effect on the optical signal when measured using a standard spectroradiometer coupled to a single-beam integrating sphere and following the method suggested by Mesarch. Thus, approaches designed to measure optical properties of non-flat coniferous needle samples more comprehensively should take into account these effects in their current signal correction algorithms.

Mots clés : remote sensing / coniferous forests / pinopsida / conifer needles / leaves / optical properties / models


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