A new approach for using canopy reflectance models (CRMs) is presented that requires no field data or knowledge about the study area or imagery. Multiple Forward-Mode Adaptive Full-Blind (MFM-AFB) modelling provides forest biophysical structural information (BSI), and can also be used
for classification and spectral mixture analysis at sub-pixel scales without user-specified model inputs, training data or endmember spectra, as these are instead automatically derived. In an example application using 2007 Landsat imagery of forest damaged by a mountain pine beetle (MPB) epidemic
in British Columbia, Canada, overall BSI accuracy was within ±1000 stems ha-1 for stand density, ±0.5 m for crown radius and ±1 m tree height for healthy and MPB stands. MFM-AFB software is suitable for regional, multi-temporal and unknown imagery and areas.
By not requiring user-specified a priori model inputs to infer BSI, the MFM-AFB approach may help enable mainstream use of diverse and advanced CRMs for image analysis.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department of Geography, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA,JCET, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA
Publication date: 2010-03-01
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