Title

An In Situ Study of the Effects of Surface Anisotrophy on the Remote Sensing of Burned Savannah

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-10-2005

Description

This Letter presents field‐based evidence of the perturbing effects of surface anisotropy on the remote sensing of burned savannah. The analysis is based on bidirectional spectral reflectance data collected at different solar illumination angles and convolved to Moderate‐resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) reflective bands. Results from a grass savannah site show that burning reduces the anisotropy of the surface compared to its pre‐burn state. In contrast, at a shrub savannah site, burning reduces or increases surface anisotropy. Spectral indices defined from 1.240 µm and 2.130 µm reflectance, and 1.640 µm and 2.130 µm reflectance, provided stronger diurnal separation between burned and unburned areas than individual reflectance bands but do not eliminate anisotropic effects. The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) provides weak diurnal separation relative to these near‐ and mid‐infrared based indices. Implications of the findings are discussed for burned area mapping.

Publication Title

International Journal of Remote Sensing

Volume

26

Issue

21

First Page

4869

Last Page

4876

DOI of Published Version

10.1080/01431160500141923

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