Land Surface Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Forest - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781785481031, 9780081011836

Land Surface Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Forest

1st Edition

Authors: Nicolas Baghdadi Mehrez Zribi
eBook ISBN: 9780081011836
Hardcover ISBN: 9781785481031
Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
Published Date: 20th September 2016
Page Count: 496
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The environmental and economic importance of monitoring forests and agricultural resources has allowed remote sensing to be increasingly in the development of products and services responding to user needs.
This volume presents the main applications in remote sensing for agriculture and forestry, including the primary soil properties, the estimation of the vegetation’s biophysical variables, methods for mapping land cover, the contribution of remote sensing for crop and water monitoring, and the estimation of the forest cover properties (cover dynamic, height, biomass).
This book, part of a set of six volumes, has been produced by scientists who are internationally renowned in their fields. It is addressed to students (engineers, Masters, PhD), engineers and scientists, specialists in remote sensing applied to agriculture and forestry.
Through this pedagogical work, the authors contribute to breaking down the barriers that hinder the use of radar imaging techniques.

Key Features

  • Provides clear and concise descriptions of modern remote sensing methods
  • Explores the most current remote sensing techniques with physical aspects of the measurement (theory) and their applications
  • Provides chapters on physical principles, measurement, and data processing for each technique described
  • Describes optical remote sensing technology, including a description of acquisition systems and measurement corrections to be made


Research laboratories specializing in remote sensing or users of satellite products, Masters or Doctorate level students in the field of engineering, agriculture and geography

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Acronyms
  • Introduction
  • 1: Mapping of Primary Soil Properties Using Optical Visible and Near Infrared (Vis-NIR) Remote Sensing

    • Abstract
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Spectral signatures of soils
    • 1.3 Estimation of soil properties from their spectral signatures
    • 1.4 Direct uses of estimation models
    • 1.5 Use of the Vis-NIR remote sensing products for digital soil mapping
    • 1.6 Perspectives
    • 1.7 Key points
  • 2: Estimation of Biophysical Variables from Satellite Observations

    • Abstract
    • 2.1 Introduction
    • 2.2 Definition of the canopy biophysical variables accessible from remote sensing observations
    • 2.3 Inversion methods of radiative transfer models
    • 2.4 Theoretical performances in estimating the different variables of interest
    • 2.5 How to manage the under-determined and ill-posed nature of the inverse problem?
    • 2.6 Combination of methods and sensors to improve estimates
    • 2.7 Conclusion
    • 2.8 Key points
  • 3: Land Cover Mapping from Optical Images

    • Abstract
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 The input data
    • 3.3 Land cover map production approaches
    • 3.4 Use examples
    • 3.5 Key points
  • 4: Contribution of Remote Sensing for Crop and Water Monitoring

    • Abstract
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Indicators for crop monitoring
    • 4.3 Indicators of agricultural practices at the territory level
    • 4.4 Estimating water status and the water needs of crops using models
    • 4.5 Agricultural production quantification
    • 4.6 Some cases studies of environmental impacts of agriculture: spatial modeling of water, nitrogen and CO2 fluxes
    • 4.7 Precision agriculture
    • 4.8 Results and prospects
    • 4.9 Key points
  • 5: Contribution of Remote Sensing to Crop Mon


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About the Author

Nicolas Baghdadi

Nicolas Baghdadi is Research Director at IRSTEA in France. He is currently the scientific director of the French Land Data Centre (Theia).

Affiliations and Expertise

IRSTEA, France

Mehrez Zribi

Mehrez Zribi is Research Director at CNRS in France. He is currently active at CESBIO in Toulouse where he is also responsible for the team of observation systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

CNRS, France

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