Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Geography and Geology
Dr. Michael Peterson
The last two decades have seen vast progress in the utilization of spectral reflectance digital data for vegetation assessment purposes. The development of over fifty vegetation indices have been documented in the literature. Although the amount of variability between these indices has been studied, no comprehensive review of indice development efforts and theories exists. Therefore, the primary objectives of this study were to; 1) review the history and theories behind the development of the vegetation indices that have been applied in previous research, with particular emphasis on their spectral characteristics and use in grassland environments, and; 2) compare and evaluate the vegetation indices through correlation techniques. Through these correlation techniques, it was determined that a number of the proposed indices provide transformed digital data that are highly redundant. This study identified three separate groups, with three indices each in two groups and two indices in the other, and two groups, each with only a single index. The indices within each group were equivalent in terms of the image data and the statistical analysis. The use of spectral reflectance digital data provides a unique opportunity for resource managers and other interested parties. The use of remotely acquired digital information in rangeland management applications will surely increase as its benefits and capabilities are further uncovered and incorporated into various natural resource management plans.
Soliday, Brian Lee, "A review and comparison of vegetation indices: An application of landsat spectral reflectance digital data to the northern range, Yellowstone National Park." (1988). Student Work. 3382.