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Estimation of grassland use intensities based on high spatial resolution LAI time series

Asam, Sarah and Klein, Doris and Dech, Stefan (2015) Estimation of grassland use intensities based on high spatial resolution LAI time series. In: International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives, XL-7 (W3), pp. 285-291. 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, 11–15 Mai 2015, Berlin, Deutschland. doi: 10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-7-W3-285-2015. ISSN 1682-1750.

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The identification and surveillance of agricultural management and the measurement of biophysical canopy parameters in grasslands is relevant for environmental protection as well as for political and economic reasons, as proper grassland management is partly subsidized. An ideal monitoring tool is remote sensing due to its area wide continuous observations. However, due to small-scaled land use patterns in many parts of central Europe, a high spatial resolution is needed. In this study, the feasibility of RapidEye data to derive leaf area index (LAI) time series and to relate them to grassland management practices is assessed. The study area is the catchment of river Ammer in southern Bavaria, where agricultural areas are mainly grasslands. While extensively managed grasslands are maintained with one to two harvests per year and no or little fertilization, intensive cultivation practices compass three to five harvests per year and turnover pasturing. Based on a RapidEye time series from 2011 with spatial resolution of 6.5 meters, LAI is derived using the inverted radiation transfer model PROSAIL. The LAI in this area ranges from 1.5 to 7.5 over the vegetation period and is estimated with an RMSE between 0.7 and 1.1. The derived LAI maps cover 85 % of the study area’s grasslands at least seven times. Using statistical metrics of the LAI time series, different grassland management types can be identified: very intensively managed meadows, intensively managed meadows, intensively managed pastures, and extensively managed meadows and moor. However, a precise identification of the mowing dates highly depends on the coincidence with satellite data acquisitions. Further analysis should focus therefor on the selection of the temporal resolution of the time series as well as on the performance of further vegetation parameters and indices compared to LAI.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/96394/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Estimation of grassland use intensities based on high spatial resolution LAI time series
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Asam, SarahEURAChttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7302-6813UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 285-291
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Series Name:Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci.
Keywords:Leaf area index (LAI), radiation transfer modeling, RapidEye, Alpine area, grassland, management intensity
Event Title:36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment
Event Location:Berlin, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:11–15 Mai 2015
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Geoscientific remote sensing and GIS methods
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Leitungsbereich DFD
Deposited By: Klein, Doris
Deposited On:27 Jul 2015 11:05
Last Modified:11 Aug 2023 11:41

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