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Curatola Fern&aacute;ndez, G.F.; Silva, B.; Gawlik, J.; Thies, B. &amp; Bendix, J. (2013): <b> Bracken fern frond status classification in the Andes of southern Ecuador: combining multispectral satellite data and field spectroscopy</b>. <i>International Journal of Remote Sensing</i> <b>34</b>, 7020-7037.

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Title: Bracken fern frond status classification in the Andes of southern Ecuador: combining multispectral satellite data and field spectroscopy
FOR816dw ID: 31
Publication Date: 2013-07-03
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Individual: Giulia F. Curatola Fernández
Individual: Brenner Silva
Individual: Julia Gawlik
Individual: Boris Thies
Individual: Jörg Bendix
In the anthropogenic fire-disturbed ecosystem of the San Francisco Valley in the Andes of southeastern Ecuador, dense stands of an aggressive invasive weed, the southern bracken fern (Pteridium arachnoideum and Pteridium caudatum), dominate the landscape. To secure sustainable land management in the region, a comprehensive understanding of bracken spatial-distribution patterns and life cycle dynamics is crucial. We investigated the possibility of detecting bracken-infested areas and frond status (live, fungi-infected, and dead) by means of a high-resolution QuickBird scene from October 2010 and spectral signatures based on field spectroscopy. After image pre-processing, a two-step classification procedure first delineates the bracken-infested area by means of a maximum-likelihood hard classification. The probability-guided unmixing classifier with field-derived end-members is applied in the second step to obtain the fractional cover of the different frond statuses per pixel. The results showed that the areas infested by bracken could be distinguished from the other land-cover classes with high accuracy (overall accuracy of 0.9973). Also, the three frond statuses could be accurately classified at the sub-pixel level. The ‘dead’ class was the dominant frond status at the time of image acquisition (October 2010). We conclude that the extreme dry spell in October 2010 was particularly responsible for this dominance.
| Ecuador | remote sensing | bracken fern | image pre-processing | QuickBird |
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Journal: International Journal of Remote Sensing
Volume: 34
Page Range: 7020-7037
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Individual: Giulia F. Curatola Fernández
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