Regression analysis was used to develop a relationship between Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper data and site quality of permanent sample plots. The thermal band (6) produced misleading results, but the ratio of band 4 on 5 showed promise when combined with geological information. Best results were obtained when regression analysis was restricted to ensure that at least one each of the visible (1 to 3), mid-infrared (5 and 7) and near-infrared (4) bands were included. Results suggest that Landsat TM may be useful for mapping site quality in tropical moist forest in north Queensland. Interpolation of site productivity within a single pass seems feasible, but attempts to extrapolate results to other passes or to imagery obtained on different dates may be unreliable.
Utility of Landsat Thematic Mapper data for mapping site productivity in tropical moist forestsPhotogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Citation InformationVanclay, JK & Preston, RA 1990, 'Utility of Landsat Thematic Mapper data for mapping site productivity in tropical moist forests', Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, vol. 56, no. 10, pp. 1383-1388.