Svoray, T., Shoshany, M., Curran, P.J., Foody, G.M. and Perevolotsky, A.
Relationship between green leaf biomass and ERS-2 backscatter of four vegetation formations in the semi-arid zone of Israel
International Journal of Remote Sensing, 22, (8), . (doi:10.1080/01431160116869).
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Relationships between ERS-2 SAR backscatter and the biophysical properties of four Mediterranean vegetation formations (forest, shrubs, dwarf shrubs and herbaceous vegetation) were assessed. Low correlation was found between ERS-2 SAR backscatter and both aboveground biomass and LAI. However, significantly higher correlation (r =0.92) was found between ERS-2 SAR backscatter and a new index of Green leaf biomass Volumetric Density (GVD). These results stress the dominant influence of leaves in the uppermost part of the vegetation layer on ERS-2 SAR backscatter.
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