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The application of remote sensing in vegetation science

Lustenhouwer, M. (2009) The application of remote sensing in vegetation science. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Over the past decades, the discipline of remote sensing has become an essential tool in earth sciences for land-use studies, biogeography and many other applications. Remote sensing has also become of increasing interest to ecologists, especially for monitoring the presence, biophysical properties and seasonal dynamics of vegetation. Many applications of remote sensing in vegetation science are based on the fact that the amount of electromagnetic energy that is reflected by vegetation, depends on the biophysical and structural properties of the vegetation. The goal of this study is to give an overview of the current and possible future applications of remote sensing in vegetation science. The basic principles of remote sensing are explained, as well as the different spectral, spatial and temporal scales at which remote sensing can be applied in vegetation ecology. Remote sensing can be used to measure a variety of vegetation properties. Mapping studies develop maps of vegetation distribution at the community and species level. By using spectral vegetation indices such as the NDVI, biophysical properties such as LAI, NPP and biomass can be estimated. The main research themes where these measurements are used range from studies of individual plants to ecosystems and relationships with the environment. The many possibilities that remote sensing has to offer to vegetation science compensate easily for the existing limitations of this interesting technology.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:30
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:30

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