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Error simulations of uncorrected NDVI and DCVI during remote sensing measurements from UAS

Michał T. Chiliński
  • Department of Geoinformation and Remote Sensing Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies University of Warsaw, Institute of Geophysics University of Warsaw
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Published Online: 2014-06-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/mgrsd-2014-0017


Remote sensing from unmanned aerial systems (UAS) has been gaining popularity in the last few years. In the field of vegetation mapping, digital cameras converted to calculate vegetation index (DCVI) are one of the most popular sensors. This paper presents simulations using a radiative transfer model (libRadtran) of DCVI and NDVI results in an environment of possible UAS flight scenarios. The analysis of the results is focused on the comparison of atmosphere influence on both indices. The results revealed uncertainties in uncorrected DCVI measurements up to 25% at the altitude of 5 km, 5% at 1 km and around 1% at 0.15 km, which suggests that DCVI can be widely used on small UAS operating below 0.2 km.

Keywords: Remote sensing; vegetation index; digital camera; UAS; atmospheric correction


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About the article

Received: 2013-11-14

Accepted: 2014-04-08

Published Online: 2014-06-17

Published in Print: 2014-06-01

Citation Information: Miscellanea Geographica, Volume 18, Issue 2, Pages 35–45, ISSN (Online) 2084-6118, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/mgrsd-2014-0017.

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