Assessing Vegetation Function with Imaging Spectroscopy

J. A. Gamon, B. Somers, Z. Malenovský, E. M. Middleton, U. Rascher, M. E. Schaepman

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Healthy vegetation function supports diverse biological communities and ecosystem processes, and provides crops, forest products, forage, and countless other benefits. Vegetation function can be assessed by examining dynamic processes and by evaluating plant traits, which themselves are dynamic. Using both trait-based and process-based approaches, spectroscopy can assess vegetation function at multiple scales using a variety of sensors and platforms ranging from proximal to airborne and satellite measurements. Since spectroscopic data are defined by the instruments and platforms available, along with their corresponding spatial, temporal and spectral scales, and since these scales may not always match those of the function of interest, consideration of scale is a necessary focus. For a full understanding of vegetation processes, combined (multi-scale) sampling methods using empirical and theoretical approaches are required, along with improved informatics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-513
Number of pages25
JournalSurveys in Geophysics
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Gross primary production (GPP)
  • Imaging spectrometry
  • Multi-scale sampling
  • Photosynthesis
  • Plant traits
  • Solar-induced fluorescence (SIF)
  • Spectral reflectance
  • Spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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