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Laboratory and image spectroscopy for evaluating the biophysical state of meadow vegetation in the Krkonoše National Park

Jan Jelének / Lucie Kupková / Bogdan Zagajewski / Stanislav Březina / Adrian Ochytra
  • College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences University of Warsaw Department of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies University of Warsaw
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Published Online: 2014-06-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/mgrsd-2014-0014


The paper deals with the evaluation of mountain meadow vegetation condition using in-situ measurements of the fraction of Accumulated Photosynthetically Active Radiation (fAPAR) and Leaf Area Index (LAI). The study analyses the relationship between these parameters and spectral properties of meadow vegetation and selected invasive species with the goal of finding out vegetation indices for the detection of fAPAR and LAI. The developed vegetation indices were applied on hyperspectral data from an APEX (Airborne Prism Experiment) sensor in the area of interest in the Krkonoše National Park. The results of index development on the level of the field data were quite good. The maximal sensitivity expressed by the coefficient of determination for LAI was R2 = 0.56 and R2 = 0.79 for fAPAR. However, the sensitivity of all the indices developed at the image level was quite low. The output values of in-situ measurements confirmed the condition of invasive species as better than that of the valuable original meadow vegetation, which is a serious problem for national park management.

Keywords: LAI; fAPAR; hyperspectral data; meadow vegetation; invasive species; the Krkonoše National Park


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About the article

Received: 2013-10-10

Accepted: 2014-03-01

Published Online: 2014-06-17

Published in Print: 2014-06-01

Citation Information: Miscellanea Geographica, Volume 18, Issue 2, Pages 15–22, ISSN (Online) 2084-6118, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/mgrsd-2014-0014.

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