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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States government has realized the potential and importance of developing operational agricultural inventorying procedures using satellite data. They are actively carrying on an extensive research program titled: “Large Area Crop Inventory Experiment” better known by the acronym LACIE. One of the many areas being investigated is training set selection. Along these lines, a research project was undertaken during the 9174 growing season with the general objective being to study the influence of soils and vegetation on LANDSAT signatures. The specific objectives of the study were: 1. To investigate the relationships that exist among soils, vegetation and cultural practices. 2. To evaluate Exotech radiometer data for agricultural orientated remote sensing purposes. 3. To determine crop species identification capabilities of LANDSAT data using accepted statistical procedures. 4. To test LANDSAT data against ground based measurements to determine the capability of crop inventories on a county basis. 5. To investigate to what extent soils influence the spectral properties of a single vegetative cover type grown on six glacial soil associations.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Landsat satellites

Remote sensing

Spectrum analysis



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South Dakota State University