Biophysical and Biochemical Characterization and Plant Species Studies

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Written by leading global experts, including pioneers in the field, the four-volume set on Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation, Second Edition, reviews existing stateof- the-art knowledge, highlights advances made in different areas, and provides guidance for the appropriate use of hyperspectral data in the study and management of agricultural crops and natural vegetation.

Hyperspectral remote sensing or imaging spectroscopy data has been increasingly used in studying and assessing the biophysical and biochemical properties of agricultural crops and natural vegetation. Volume III, Biophysical and Biochemical Characterization and Plant Species Studies demonstrates the methods that are developed and used to study terrestrial vegetation using hyperspectral data. This volume includes extensive discussions on hyperspectral data processing and how to implement data processing mechanisms for specific biophysical and biochemical applications such as crop yield modeling, crop biophysical and biochemical property characterization, and crop moisture assessments. The concluding chapter provides readers with useful guidance on the highlights and essence of Volume III through the editors’ perspective.

Key Features of Volume III:

  • Covers recent abilities to better quantify, model, and map plant biophysical, biochemical water, and structural properties.
  • Demonstrates characteristic hyperspectral properties through plant diagnostics or throughput phenotyping of plant biophysical, biochemical, water, and structural properties.
  • Establishes plant traits through hyperspectral imaging spectroscopy data as well as its integration with other data, such as LiDAR, using data from various platforms (ground-based, UAVs, and earth-observing satellites).
  • Studies photosynthetic efficiency and plant health and stress through hyperspectral narrowband vegetation indices.
  • Uses hyperspectral data to discriminate plant species and\or their types as well as their characteristics, such as growth stages.
  • Compares studies of plant species of agriculture, forests, and other land use\land cover as established by hyperspectral narrowband data versus multispectral broadband data.
  • Discusses complete solutions from methods to applications, inventory, and modeling considering various platform (e.g., earth-observing satellites, UAVs, handheld spectroradiometers) from where the data is gathered.
  • Dwells on specific applications to detect and map invasive species by using hyperspectral data.


"Very comprehensive and an excellent reference, both for practitioners in the field as well as students hoping to learn more about the uses of Hyperspectral Data for characterizing a diverse set of vegetation...There are books by other authors on Hyperspectral approaches and vegetation characterization(non-hyperspectral), but I believe this book stands alone as the final word on Hyperspectral characterization of vegetation. In fact, all the premier works in literature on Hyperspectral characterization of vegetation have been authored by Thenkabail et al.!"

--Dr. Thomas George, CEO, SaraniaSat Inc.

"The publication of the four-volume set, Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation, Second Edition, is a landmark effort in providing an important, valuable, and timely contribution that summarizes the state of spectroscopy-based understanding of the Earth’s terrestrial and near shore environments."

--Susan L. Ustin, John Muir Institute

"The second edition of the book is major revision effort and covers all the aspects most descriptively and explicitly for the students, academia and professionals across the discipline. The book provides breadth of innovative applications of mathematical techniques to extract information from the hyperspectral image data. The chapters are contributed by internationally renowned authors in their respective fields...The hand book Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation by Prasad S. Thenkabail, John G. Lyon and Alfredo Huete is most comprehensive, designed for learning and the best book in the discipline today."


"This book is an absolute gem. The history, the contemporary and the future of hyperspectral remote sensing of vegetation is contained within these pages. New topics on data mining and machine learning are hugely helpful to understand how scientists can go about processing these massive data sets. With great societal challenges such as food security, sustainability, deforestation and land use change, the research presented in this book provides clear evidence that hyperspectral remote sensing has an important and valuable role to play.

The book is a great resource for undergraduate, postgraduate students, research and academics. There is something in this book for everyone. I want it on my shelf."

--Prof. Kevin Tansey, Leicester Institute for Space & Earth Observation

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