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Minimizing measurement uncertainties of coniferous needle-leaf optical properties, part II: experimental setup and error analysis


Yanez-Rausell, L and Malenovsky, Z and Clevers, JGPW and Schaepman, ME, Minimizing measurement uncertainties of coniferous needle-leaf optical properties, part II: experimental setup and error analysis, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 7, (2) pp. 406-420. ISSN 1939-1404 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2013.2292817


We present uncertainties associated with the measurement of coniferous needle-leaf optical properties (OPs) with an integrating sphere using an optimized gap-fraction (GF) correction method, where GF refers to the air gaps appearing between the needles of a measured sample. We used an optically stable artificial material simulating needle leaves to investigate the potential effects of: 1) the sample holder carrying the needles during measurements and 2) multiple scattering in between the measured needles. Our optimization of integrating sphere port configurations using the sample holder showed an underestimation of the needle transmittance signal of at least 2% in flat needles and 4% in nonflat needles. If the needles have a nonflat cross section, multiple scattering of the photons during the GF measurement led to a GF overestimation. In addition, the multiple scattering of photons during the optical measurements caused less accurate performance of the GF-correction algorithms, which are based on the assumption of linear relationship between the nonGF-corrected signal and increasing GF, resulting in transmittance overestimation of nonflat needle samples. Overall, the final deviation achieved after optimizing the method is about 1% in reflectance and 6% in transmittance if the needles are flat, and if they are nonflat, the error increases to 4%-6% in reflectance and 10%-12% in transmittance. These results suggest that formulae for measurements and computation of coniferous needle OPs require modification that includes also the phenomenon of multiple scattering between the measured needles.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:conifers, gap fraction (GF), integrating sphere, leaf, needles, optical properties (OPs), reflectance, transmittance
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Malenovsky, Z (Dr Zbynek Malenovsky)
ID Code:98647
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2015-02-23
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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