Wang, YJ, Woodcock, CE, Buermann, W, Stenberg, P, Voipio, P, Smolander, H, Hame, T, Tian, YH, Hu, JN, Knyazikhin, Y, Myneni, RB (2004). Evaluation of the MODIS LAI algorithm at a coniferous forest site in Finland. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, 91(1), 114-127.

Leaf area index (LAI) collected in a needle-leaf forest site near Ruokolahti, Finland, during a field campaign in June 14-21, 2000, was used to validate Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) LAI algorithm. The field LAI data was first related to 30-m resolution Enhanced Thermal Mapper Plus (ETM+) images using empirical methods to create a high-resolution LAI map. The analysis of empirical approaches indicates that preliminary segmentation of the image followed by empirical modeling with the resulting patches, was an effective approach to developing an LAI validation surface. Comparison of the aggregated high-resolution LAI map and corresponding MODIS LAI retrievals suggests satisfactory behavior of the MODIS LAI algorithm although variation in MODIS LAI product is higher than expected. The MODIS algorithm, adjusted to high resolution, generally overestimates the LAI due to the influence of the understory vegetation. This indicates the need for improvements in the algorithm. An improved correlation between field measurements and the reduced simple ratio (RSR) suggests that the shortwave infrared (SWIR) band may provide valuable information for needle-leaf forests. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.