PROSPECT + SAIL models: A review of use for vegetation characterization

Stéphane Jacquemoud, Wout Verhoef, Frédéric Baret, Cédric Bacour, Pablo J. Zarco-Tejada, Gregory P. Asner, Christophe François, Susan L. Ustin

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Abstract

The combined PROSPECT leaf optical properties model and SAIL canopy bidirectional reflectance model, also referred to as PROSAIL, has been used for about sixteen years to study plant canopy spectral and directional reflectance in the solar domain. PROSAIL has also been used to develop new methods for retrieval of vegetation biophysical properties. It links the spectral variation of canopy reflectance, which is mainly related to leaf biochemical contents, with its directional variation, which is primarily related to canopy architecture and soil/vegetation contrast. This link is key to simultaneous estimation of canopy biophysical/structural variables for applications in agriculture, plant physiology, or ecology, at different scales. PROSAIL has become one of the most popular radiative transfer tools due to its ease of use, general robustness, and consistent validation by lab/field/space experiments over the years. However, PROSPECT and SAIL are still evolving: they have undergone recent improvements both at the leaf and the plant levels. This paper provides an extensive review of the PROSAIL developments in the context of canopy biophysics and radiative transfer modeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S56-S66
JournalRemote Sensing of Environment
Volume113
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

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canopy reflectance
Radiative transfer
canopy
vegetation
radiative transfer
biophysics
Biophysics
reflectance
canopy architecture
bidirectional reflectance
Physiology
Ecology
optical property
Agriculture
Telecommunication links
Optical properties
agriculture
Soils
leaves
plant ecology

Keywords

  • Canopy spectral and directional reflectance
  • PROSAIL
  • PROSPECT
  • Radiative transfer models
  • SAIL
  • Vegetation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Geology
  • Computers in Earth Sciences

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Jacquemoud, S., Verhoef, W., Baret, F., Bacour, C., Zarco-Tejada, P. J., Asner, G. P., ... Ustin, S. L. (2009). PROSPECT + SAIL models: A review of use for vegetation characterization. Remote Sensing of Environment, 113(SUPPL. 1), S56-S66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2008.01.026

PROSPECT + SAIL models : A review of use for vegetation characterization. / Jacquemoud, Stéphane; Verhoef, Wout; Baret, Frédéric; Bacour, Cédric; Zarco-Tejada, Pablo J.; Asner, Gregory P.; François, Christophe; Ustin, Susan L.

In: Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 113, No. SUPPL. 1, 09.2009, p. S56-S66.

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Jacquemoud, S, Verhoef, W, Baret, F, Bacour, C, Zarco-Tejada, PJ, Asner, GP, François, C & Ustin, SL 2009, 'PROSPECT + SAIL models: A review of use for vegetation characterization', Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 113, no. SUPPL. 1, pp. S56-S66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2008.01.026
Jacquemoud S, Verhoef W, Baret F, Bacour C, Zarco-Tejada PJ, Asner GP et al. PROSPECT + SAIL models: A review of use for vegetation characterization. Remote Sensing of Environment. 2009 Sep;113(SUPPL. 1):S56-S66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2008.01.026
Jacquemoud, Stéphane ; Verhoef, Wout ; Baret, Frédéric ; Bacour, Cédric ; Zarco-Tejada, Pablo J. ; Asner, Gregory P. ; François, Christophe ; Ustin, Susan L. / PROSPECT + SAIL models : A review of use for vegetation characterization. In: Remote Sensing of Environment. 2009 ; Vol. 113, No. SUPPL. 1. pp. S56-S66.
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