Discrimination of adelgid-damage on single balsam fir trees with aerial remote sensing data

Franklin, S. E. and Bowers, W. W. and Ghitter, G. (1995) Discrimination of adelgid-damage on single balsam fir trees with aerial remote sensing data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 16. pp. 2779-2794. ISSN 0143-1161

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Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager (CASI) multi-spectral and panchromatic images were acquired in July 1992 over two forest plots infested by the balsam woolly adelgid (Adelges piceae) in western Newfoundland. A panchromatic image (pixel size approximately 25 cm) was used as a georeference for the coarser resolution multi-spectral data which were resampled to 1 m and 0.5 m, then carefully tied to a detailed plot plan showing the locations of 159 trees. Field observations for each of these trees included a ranking for adelgid damage class according to a standard Forest Insect and Disease Survey (FIDS) scheme. A discriminant analysis of the multi-spectral CASI imagery (together with semi-variance parameters and texture derivations) indicated that damage caused by the balsam woolly adelgid on balsam fir (Abies balsamea) trees could be detected and separated into severity classes with a range of accuracy between 40-76 per cent depending on the classification scheme and the type of remote sensing variables available to perform discrimination. The 'best' discriminant results obtained were based on a single pixel sample extracted from a 0.5 m multi-spectral image comprised of six bands centred on 454, 550, 590, 662, 836, and 895 nm. A central theme of this continuing effort is that the combination of multi-spectral, spatial and high spectral resolution image processing may provide further insight into optimal damage detection-and subsquent hazard ratings-using digital remote sensing imagery.

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Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/102
Item ID: 102
Keywords: balsam woolly adelgid, infested forest, tree damage
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Science and the Environment > Environmental Science
Date: 1995
Date Type: Publication

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