Remote Sensing of Vegetation Leaf Area

Knyazikhin and Myneni (Eds.)

This book is a compilation of lecture notes and key published papers covering the (1) theory, (2) data and (3) science of remote sensing of vegetation leaf area. It is built on over 3 decades of research by us, our students and close collaborators. The material is posted here so anyone interested on this topic can download and use it in their pursuits. The first four Chapters could, for example, be the basis for a graduate level course on this topic. This could be supplemented by highlights from Chapters 5 to 8. The rest of the Chapters (9-11) are designed to be self-study. We use this formula to teach a graduate level course at Boston University.

No acknowledgement or citation is necessary. We hope for wide use of this material to further education and research on this topic. The material will be updated once a year, in December. Current version is dated December 2019.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1: Theory

    1) The Radiation Field and the Radiative Transfer Equation: Knyazikhin et al.
    2) Interaction Coefficients for a Leaf Canopy: Myneni et al.
    3) Radiative Transfer in Vegetation Canopies: Knyazikhin et al.
    4) Numerical Solution of the Radiative Transfer Equation: Myneni et al.
    5) Stochastic Radiative Transfer: Shabanov et al.
    6) Stochastic Radiative Transfer in Species Mixtures and Time Dependent SRT: Shabanov et al.
    7) Canopy Spectral Invariants: Shabanov et al.

    Part 2: Data

    8) Inverse Problem of Leaf Area Estimation: Yang et al.
    9) Evaluation of Satellite Leaf Area Products: Yan et al.

    Part 3: Science

    10) The Greening Earth: Myneni et al.
    11) Seasonality of Amazonian Rainforests: Myneni et al.