A Multispectral Canopy LiDAR Demonstrator Project

Iain H. Woodhouse, Caroline Nichol, Peter Sinclair, Jim Jack, Felix Morsdorf, Tim J. Malthus, Genevieve Patenaude

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The first demonstration of a multispectral light detection and ranging (LiDAR) optimized for detailed structure and physiology measurements in forest ecosystems is described. The basic principle is to utilize, in a single instrument, both the capacity of multispectral sensing to measure plant physiology [through normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and photochemical reflectance index (PRI)] with the ability of LiDAR to measure vertical structure information and generate "hot spot" (specular) reflectance data independent of solar illumination. A tunable laser operated at four wavelengths (531, 550, 660, and 780 nm) was used to measure profiles of the NDVI and the PRI. Laboratory-based measurements were conducted for live trees, demonstrating that realistic values of the indexes can be measured. A model-based analysis demonstrates that the LiDAR waveforms cannot only capture the tree height information but also picks up the seasonal and vertical variation of NDVI inside the tree canopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-843
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
Issue number5
Early online date21 Apr 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2011

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Forest canopy
  • multispectral light detection and ranging (LiDAR)
  • normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI)
  • BAND


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