Xiao, ZQ, Wang, JD, Liang, SL, Qu, YH, Wan, HW (2008). Retrieval of canopy biophysical variables from remote sensing data using contextual information. JOURNAL OF CENTRAL SOUTH UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, 15(6), 877-881.
In order to improve the accuracy of biophysical parameters retrieved from remotely sensing data, a new algorithm was presented by using spatial contextual to estimate canopy variables from high-resolution remote sensing images. The developed algorithm was used for inversion of leaf area index (LAI) from Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) data by combining with optimization method to minimize cost functions. The results show that the distribution of LAI is spatially consistent with the false composition imagery from ETM+ and the accuracy of LAI is significantly improved over the results retrieved by the conventional pixelwise retrieval methods, demonstrating that this method can be reliably used to integrate spatial contextual information for inverting LAI from high-resolution remote sensing images.