Jeganathan, C, Dadhwal, VK, Gupta, K, Raju, PLN (2009). Comparison of MODIS vegetation continuous field - based forest density maps with IRS-LISS III derived maps. JOURNAL OF THE INDIAN SOCIETY OF REMOTE SENSING, 37(4), 539-549.
The study compared forest cover maps derived using coarse resolution vegetation continuous fields (MODIS VCF; 500m resolution) with the maps derived from medium resolution (24m; IRS LISS-III) data. The comparison of VCF, per cent tree cover product, for the years 2000 to 2004 with LISS III forest density class maps of 2001 and 2003 was carried out for two sites representing hilly (Uttarakhand) and undulating terrains (Madhya Pradesh). Slicing VCF to corresponding forest crown cover, i.e., 0-10%, 10-40%, 40-70% and > 70% produced considerable difference in forest area estimates when compared to original LISS III derived crown cover area. The corresponding value range in VCF for 0-10% of actual forest cover were 0-31% and 0-25% in 2 sites respectively, and the respective limit was consistent at 1-20% when VCF range were sliced with respect to upscaled LISS III at 500m resolution. Similarly, all other class limits were also found through iterative process. These limits were similar, within a site, across five years. Spatial Kappa match between these two data indicated higher match in 40-70% class, and also in undulating site. When compared at same resolution, similar forest area cover estimated with weighted area upscaling gave closest match. The study is useful in knowing the usability and limits of VCF product, and utility of spatial Kappa.