A remote sensing-based approach to estimating montado canopy density using the FCD model: a contribution to identifying HNV farmlands in southern Portugal

Sergio Godinho, Artur Gil, Nuno Guiomar, Nuno Alexandre Gouveia de Sousa Neves, Teresa Pinto-Correia

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Abstract

Mapping the land-cover pattern dominated by complex Mediterranean silvo-pastoral systems with an accuracy that enables precise monitoring of changing tree-cover density is still an open challenge. The main goal of this paper is to demonstrate the implementation and effectiveness of the Forest Canopy Density (FCD) model in producing a remote sensing-based and detailed map ofmontadocanopy density over a large territory in southern Portugal. This map will make a fundamental contribution to accurately identifying and assessing High Nature Value farmland inmontadoareas. The results reveal that the FCD model is an effective approach to estimating the density classes ofmontadocanopy (overall accuracy=78.0%, kappa value=0.71). The study also shows that the FCD approach generated good user’s and producer’s accuracies for the threemontadocanopy-density classes. Globally, the results obtained show that biophysical indices such as the advanced vegetation index, the bare soil index, the shadow index and the thermal index are suitable for estimating and mappingmontadocanopy-density classes. These results constitute the first remote sensing-based product for mappingmontadocanopy density that has been developed using the FCD model. This research clearly demonstrates that this approach can be used in the context of Mediterranean agro-forestry systems
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-34
Number of pages12
JournalAgroforestry Systems
Volume90
Issue number1
Early online date1 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • Advanced vegetation index
  • Agroforestry
  • Canopy density
  • Dehesa
  • FCD
  • Montado

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