Recent Advances in Algorithm Development to Extract Information from AVHRR Data

  • M. M. Verstraete
  • S. Flasse
Part of the Euro Courses book series (EURS, volume 5)


Recent advances in the use of remote sensing data to monitor terrestrial environments are presented and the rationale for vegetation indices and the issues related to their proper interpretation are reviewed. A method to evaluate these vegetation indices is proposed. Physical models describing the bidirectional reflectance of natural surfaces are introduced and the role and importance of inversion methods are underlined. An empirical reflectance model is used in the analysis of actual AVHRR data, and the results are discussed. The paper ends with a discussion of the needs and priorities for further research and applications in this area.


Normalize Difference Vegetation Index Remote Sensing Vegetation Index Fractional Cover Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. M. Verstraete
    • 1
  • S. Flasse
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Remote Sensing ApplicationsThe European Commission’s Joint Research CentreIspra(VA)Italy
  2. 2.Natural Resources InstituteChatham Maritime, KentUK

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