Remote Sensing of Litter and Soil Organic Matter Decomposition in Forest Ecosystems

  • John D. Aber
  • Carol A. Wessman
  • David L. Peterson
  • Jerry M. Melillo
  • James H. Fownes
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 79)


Remote sensing is increasingly recognized as an important tool for landscape or regional estimation of ecosystem function, and for determination of biosphere-atmosphere interactions. Existing remote sensing systems have been used to monitor the seasonal phenology of standing green biomass and its production on a continental scale (Tucker et al., 1985); to measure changes in forest canopy leaf area index over large environmental gradients (Spanner et al., 1984, Running et al., 1986, Peterson et al., 1987); to track deforestation in tropical regions (Woodwell et al., 1986), and for the detection of ecosystem stress and forest decline (Rock et al., 1986). These approaches have relied on the detection of large structural changes in canopy properties that relate directly to processes controlling net primary productivity.


Soil Organic Matter Lignin Content Litter Decomposition Nitrogen Mineralization Sugar Maple 
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  • John D. Aber
  • Carol A. Wessman
  • David L. Peterson
  • Jerry M. Melillo
  • James H. Fownes

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