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Open Access Retrieving Grassland Canopy Water Content by Considering the Information from Neighboring Pixels

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Accurate and robust retrieval of grassland canopy water content (CWC) using a radiative transfer model (RTM) is generally affected by the ill-posed inversion problem due to the lack of enough available a priori information. To alleviate this problem when inversing the RTM, a two-step inversion method was proposed. The key point of this method was to simultaneously consider the spectral information from neighboring pixels and the spatial dependency among these pixels, with the purpose to win more information from these neighboring pixels. The proposed methodology was then applied to retrieve CWC using the PROSAIL RTM from Landsat-8 OLI data for a plateau grassland in China. The results showed that the estimated CWC using the proposed method (RMSE = 67.31 g m-2 and R2 = 0.81) was better than that from the traditional method (RMSE = 80.11 g m-2 and R2 = 0.78) which only considered the information of single pixel.

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Publication date: August 1, 2017

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