Empirical Estimation of Leaf Chlorophyll Density in Winter Wheat Canopies Using Sentinel-2 Spectral Resolution

Massimo Vincini, Stefano Amaducci, Ermes Frazzi

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A comparison between the sensitivities to leaf chlorophyll density at the canopy scale of several vegetation indices (VIs) obtained at different spectral resolutions was carried out using spectral reflectance collected in winter wheat field trials with different nitrogen fertilization levels. A total of 350 spectra were collected from experimental plots at Feekes growth stages 5, 6, and 9 using a portable spectroradiometer (ASD FieldSpec HH), along with Minolta SPAD measurements of leaf optical thickness as a proxy for leaf chlorophyll density. Indices based on visible and near-infrared (NIR) bands were obtained from average reflectance in spectral ranges corresponding to SPOT HRG and Sentinel-2 (S2) bands. Indices requiring a red-edge band were obtained from reflectance at the originally proposed VI wavelengths using the 1.6-nm nominal spectral resolution bandwidth of the spectroradiometer and from average reflectance in the S2 red-edge bands with the closest spectral position to VI originally proposed wavelengths. Among VIs obtained from Sentinel-2 bands MERIS terrestrial chlorophyll index, red-edge position and triangular chlorophyll index/optimized soil adjusted VI ratio (TCI/OSAVI) indices, obtainable at 20-m spatial resolution from future S2 red-edge bands, and chlorophyll VI (CVI), obtainable at 10 m from visible and NIR bands, were the best estimators of winter wheat leaf chlorophyll density. The sensitivity of the best-performing indices obtained from S2 bands to winter wheat with other conditions was addressed by the analysis of a large synthetic data set obtained using the PROSPECT-SAILH model in the direct mode. Analysis of the synthetic data set using Sentinel-2 spectral resolution indicates that the two leaf area index normalized (TCI/OSAVI and CVI) indices are better leaf chlorophyll estimators
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)3220-3235
Numero di pagine16
RivistaIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2014


  • Leaf chlorophyll
  • Sentinel-2
  • variable-rate fertilization
  • vegetation indices (VIs)
  • winter wheat


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