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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2023, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 174-183

Assessment of possibilities for protective forest belts canopy closure and height estimation based on ICESat-2 data

S.S. Shinkarenko 1 , S.A. Bartalev 1 , M.A. Bogodukhov 1 , V.O. Zharko 1 
1 Space Research Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia
Accepted: 20.03.2023
DOI: 10.21046/2070-7401-2023-20-2-174-183
This paper presents the results of the analysis of possibilities for using ATL08 product on vegetation canopy height based on ATLAS/ICESat-2 data to estimate the height of protective forest belts (windbreaks/shelterbelts). Vegetation height according to lidar data for 2019–2022 was compared with 2022 aerial photography survey data in Volgograd region. A significant strong correlation was found between mean and maximum canopy heights determined from aerial survey and laser scanning data for 20×14 m segments with tree and shrub coverage of more than 50 %. For mean heights RMSE = 0.7 m and coefficient of determination R2 = 0.85; for maximum heights RMSE = 2.2 m and R2 = 0.83. Comparison of the forest canopy closure based on lidar data, calculated as the ratio of the number of photons above a threshold height to the total number of photons in the segment, and aerial data showed the insufficient accuracy of this approach. Obtained results indicate potential of using ATL08 lidar data for protective forest belts’ height mapping.
Keywords: protective forest belts, remote sensing, lidars, trees and shrubs, ICESat-2
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