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Differentiating plant functional types using reflectance: which traits make the difference?

Kattenborn, Teja 1; Fassnacht, Fabian Ewald ORCID iD icon 1; Schmidtlein, Sebastian ORCID iD icon 1
1 Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie (IFGG), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Abiotic ecosystem properties together with plant species interaction create differences in structural and physiological traits among plant species. Certain plant traits cause a spatial and temporal variation in canopy reflectance that enables the differentiation of plant functional types, using earth observation data. However, it often remains unclear which traits drive the differences in reflectance between plant functional types, since the spectral regions in which electromagnetic radiation is influenced by certain plant traits are often overlapping. The present study aims to assess the relative (statistical) contributions of plant traits to the separability of plant functional groups using their reflectance. We apply the radiative transfer model PROSAIL to simulate optical canopy reflectance of 38 herbaceous plant species based on field‐measured traits such as leaf area index, leaf inclination distribution, chlorophyll content, carotenoid content, water and dry matter content. These traits of the selected grassland species were measured in an outdoor plant experiment. The 38 species differed in growth form and strategy types according to Grime′s CSR model and hence represented a broad range of plant functioning. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000086117
Veröffentlicht am 23.05.2019
DOI: 10.1002/rse2.86
Zitationen: 66
Web of Science
Zitationen: 62
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie (IFGG)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2056-3485
KITopen-ID: 1000086117
Erschienen in Remote sensing in ecology and conservation
Verlag Wiley Open Access
Band 5
Heft 1
Seiten 5-19
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