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Title: Extracting structural land cover components using small-footprint waveform LDAR data
Authors: McGlinchy, J
Van Aardt, J
Rhody, H
Kerekes, J
Ientiluci, E
Asner, GP
Knapp, D
Mathieu, R
Kennedy-Bowdoin, T
Erasmus, BFN
Wessels, K
Smit, IPJ
Wu, J
Sarrazin, D
Keywords: Lidar data
Waveform lidar data
Land cover components
LiDAR sensors
Savanna environment
Kruger National Park
Geoscience
Remote sensing
IGARSS 2010
Issue Date: Jul-2010
Citation: McGlinchy, J, Van Aardt, J, Rhody, H et al. 2010. Extracting structural land cover components using small-footprint waveform LDAR data. 2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 25-30 July 2010, pp 4
Series/Report no.: Workflow;5683
Abstract: Previous work has shown the ability of waveform LiDAR sensors to accurately describe various land cover types and biomass estimates made in the field. What is lacking, however, is a way to describe the different structural components that are embedded in the digitized backscattered energy from the LiDAR pulse. This study aims to extract structural components from waveform LiDAR data in terms of woody, herbaceous, and bare ground components from data collected over a savanna environment in and around Kruger National Park (KNP), South Africa. These components are comprised of metrics extracted from the waveforms and validated using biomass measurements made in field plots. Different size windows around plot centers, 3x3 pixels and 9x9 pixels (resulting in 1.5m and 4.5 m footprint, respectively), were used to examine scale effects of larger footprints. It was found that composite waveforms resembling plot sizes (9x9) most often are able to describe more than 80% of the woody biomass variability across the entire study site, and individually for two of the three land uses within the area. However, the herbaceous component of the waveform did not correlate well with the field measurements, while the bare ground component was verified visually in a side-by-side comparison with optical imagery.
Description: 2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 25-30 July 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/4929
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