Multi-angular reflectance properties of a hemiboreal forest: An analysis using CHRIS PROBA data

Miina Rautiainen, Mait Lang, Matti Mõttus, Andres Kuusk, Tiit Nilson, Joel Kuusk, Tõnu Lükk

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Forest types differ in their hyperspectral anisotropy patterns mainly due to species-specific geometrical structure, spatial arrangement of canopies and subsequent shadow patterns. This paper examines the multi-angular, hyperspectral reflectance properties of typical hemiboreal forests during summer time using three simultaneous CHRIS PROBA (mode 3) scenes and stand inventory data from the Järvselja Training and Experimental Forestry District in southeastern Estonia. We investigated the magnitude and reasons for the differences in the anisotropy patterns of deciduous and coniferous stands at three backward viewing angles. A forest reflectance model (FRT) was used as a tool to provide a theoretical basis to the discussion, and to estimate the directional contribution of scattering from crowns and ground to total stand reflectance for the two forest types. The FRT model simulated successfully the HDRF (hemispherical-directional reflectance factor) curves of the study stands to match those obtained from the CHRIS image, yet it produced a smaller and less wavelength-dependent angular reflectance effect than was observed in the satellite image. The main results of this study provide new information for separating the spectral contribution of the forest floor (or understory layer) from the tree canopy layer: (1) the red edge domain was identified to have the largest contribution from forest understory, and (2) the more oblique the viewing angle, the smaller the contribution from the understory. In addition, coniferous stands were observed to have a specific angular effect at the red and red edge domain, possibly as a result of the hierarchical structure and arrangement of coniferous canopies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2627-2642
Number of pages16
JournalRemote Sensing of Environment
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Forest reflectance model
  • FRT
  • Hemiboreal
  • Hyperspectral
  • Multi-angular canopy reflectance


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