International Journal of Chemical Studies
Vol. 6, Issue 2 (2018)
Mapping of foliar nitrogen mass from the gregarious sal and oak formations surrounding doon valley using hyperion data
Author(s): Dhruval Bhavsar, Reeja S, Deepak Kushwaha and Arijit Roy
Abstract: Nitrogen (N) is an important element for plant growth and development and excellent indicator of forest health status. Hyperspectral remote sensing is a non-destructive technique helps in understanding the forest health by estimating N from the forest ecosystem. In the present study, N has been estimated in pure patches of Oak (Quercus spp.) and Sal (Shorea robusta) species in the parts of Uttarakhand, India. Vegetation indices using different spectral band combinations were used to identify the appropriate wavelength representing N absorption features. The spectral bands at wavelengths 660 nm, 1517.82nm and 1689.30nm were found to be most suitable for these species. Among all the nitrogen indices, log normalized (1/R) nitrogen index performed better and exhibited strong positive correlations with foliar N content. For Banj oak, N was estimated to be 0.29 to 2.79 ± 0.03 t/ha at R2 = 0.82 using linear regression equation. Similarly, for Sal species, R2 achieved maximum at 0.92 and N was estimated to be 0.020 to 0.095 ±0.01 t/ha. The study indicates the utility of hyperspectral data to assess N concentration of Sal and Banj forest for quick monitoring of the forest health. The technique can also be used in indicating the disturbance and degradation in the forest ecosystem.
Pages: 2457-2462 | 297 Views 8 Downloads
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Dhruval Bhavsar, Reeja S, Deepak Kushwaha, Arijit Roy. Mapping of foliar nitrogen mass from the gregarious sal and oak formations surrounding doon valley using hyperion data. Int J Chem Stud 2018;6(2):2457-2462.