Hyperspectral remote sensing of canopy chemistry, physiology, and biodiversity in tropical rainforests

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Abstract

Whether one is observing from the ground or from above the canopy, humid tropical forests are among the most complex of biological constructs found in nature. Species diversity is usually high, and the vertical layering of canopies is often pronounced. Tree mortality and regrowth occur throughout a rainforest, resulting in a mosaic of canopy gaps and tree ages, with concomitant variability of local species dominance and canopy structural properties [1]. Overlain on these natural sources of variation are community-and ecosystem-level changes that come at the hand of the human enterprise. We clear-cut, selectively log, occupy, and/or abandon thousands of square kilometers of tropical forests each year [2,3], causing regional variations of taxonomic composition and canopy structure. Together, these natural and anthropogenic sources of variation result in a complexity of ecosystem form and function that challenges ground-based studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHyperspectral Remote Sensing of Tropical and Sub-Tropical Forests
PublisherCRC Press
Pages261-296
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9781420053432
ISBN (Print)9781420053418
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Biodiversity
Physiology
tropical rain forests
rainforest
Ecosystems
remote sensing
physiology
Ecosystem
Remote sensing
chemistry
canopy
biodiversity
tropical forests
tropical forest
Structural properties
canopy gaps
Hand
ecosystems
tree age
tree mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Asner, G. P. (2008). Hyperspectral remote sensing of canopy chemistry, physiology, and biodiversity in tropical rainforests. In Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Tropical and Sub-Tropical Forests (pp. 261-296). CRC Press.

Hyperspectral remote sensing of canopy chemistry, physiology, and biodiversity in tropical rainforests. / Asner, Gregory P.

Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Tropical and Sub-Tropical Forests. CRC Press, 2008. p. 261-296.

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Asner, GP 2008, Hyperspectral remote sensing of canopy chemistry, physiology, and biodiversity in tropical rainforests. in Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Tropical and Sub-Tropical Forests. CRC Press, pp. 261-296.
Asner GP. Hyperspectral remote sensing of canopy chemistry, physiology, and biodiversity in tropical rainforests. In Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Tropical and Sub-Tropical Forests. CRC Press. 2008. p. 261-296
Asner, Gregory P. / Hyperspectral remote sensing of canopy chemistry, physiology, and biodiversity in tropical rainforests. Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Tropical and Sub-Tropical Forests. CRC Press, 2008. pp. 261-296
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