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Modeling Potential C, N, H Content in Aboveground Biomass with Spectral Data from Sentinel 2a

Version 1 : Received: 10 March 2020 / Approved: 11 March 2020 / Online: 11 March 2020 (15:57:48 CET)

How to cite: Reyes-Zurita, N.; Rincón-Ramírez, J.A.; Rodríguez-Ortiz, G.; Enríquez-del Valle, J.R.; Velasco-Velasco, V.A.; Castañeda-Hidalgo, E. Modeling Potential C, N, H Content in Aboveground Biomass with Spectral Data from Sentinel 2a. Preprints 2020, 2020030187 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0187.v1). Reyes-Zurita, N.; Rincón-Ramírez, J.A.; Rodríguez-Ortiz, G.; Enríquez-del Valle, J.R.; Velasco-Velasco, V.A.; Castañeda-Hidalgo, E. Modeling Potential C, N, H Content in Aboveground Biomass with Spectral Data from Sentinel 2a. Preprints 2020, 2020030187 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0187.v1).

Abstract

Nutrient estimation in forest ecosystems through satellite images allows us to obtain accurate data, starting with data transformation from forest stands and the existing relationship with the spectral information of the image through modeling. The objective of the study was to quantify and validate the content of C, N, H in aboveground tree biomass in managed stands using spatial modeling and satellite images. This study was conducted during 2017-2018 in managed forest stands in San Juan Lachao, Oaxaca, Mexico. Fifteen 400 m2 experimental sites were selectively established, using a completely randomized experimental design of five silvicultural treatments with three replications. As part of data preprocessing, normality and homogeneity of variances assumptions were checked using the Shapiro-Wilk and Bartlett tests, respectively. From the pixels, data of the average of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) that surrounded the sampling sites were contrasted against the data obtained from forest inventory and the regression models to estimate C, N, H and biomass were generated. Models were validated by NDVI. With the models we estimated 0.95 t ha-1 biomass, which contains between 0.61 and 0.63 of C, 0.44-0.46 of N and 0.24 of H. The models generated had coefficients of determination (R2) of 0.85 to 0.87, which are significant parameters (p ≤ 0.0001). These results confirm that the use of Sentinel satellite images in the estimation of these elements in forest ecosystems based on the relationship between data inventory and the NDVI is highly reliable.

Subject Areas

Normalized difference vegetation index; San Juan Lachao; Satelital image

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