Estimating the relative water content of leaves in a cotton canopy

Vern Vanderbilt, Craig Daughtry, Meredith Kupinski, Christine Bradley, Andrew French, Kevin Bronson, Russell Chipman, Robert Dahlgren

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


Remotely sensing plant canopy water status remains a long term goal of remote sensing research. Established approaches to estimating canopy water status-the Crop Water Stress Index, the Water Deficit Index and the Equivalent Water Thickness-involve measurements in the thermal or reflective infrared. Here we report plant water status estimates based upon analysis of polarized visible imagery of a cotton canopy measured by ground Multi-Spectral Polarization Imager (MSPI). Such estimators potentially provide access to the plant hydrological photochemistry that manifests scattering and absorption effects in the visible spectral region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolarization Science and Remote Sensing VIII
EditorsJoseph A. Shaw, Frans Snik
ISBN (Electronic)9781510612716
StatePublished - 2017
EventPolarization Science and Remote Sensing VIII 2017 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 8 2017Aug 9 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherPolarization Science and Remote Sensing VIII 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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