Remote Sensing Applications and Decision Support

Exploring the potential of in situ hyperspectral data and multivariate techniques in discriminating different fertilizer treatments in grasslands

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Mbulisi Sibanda, Onisimo Mutanga, Mathieu Rouget, John Odindi

University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, P/Bag X01, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg 3209, South Africa

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 9(1), 096033 (Jul 02, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.9.096033
History: Received January 31, 2015; Accepted June 8, 2015
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Abstract.  Optimizing the productivity of native rangelands has received considerable attention in range management. Rangeland fertilizer application has emerged as a popular intervention for improving rangeland quality. To achieve optimal range quality from such intervention, there is a need for quick and accurate methods of assessing the effects of different fertilizer combinations. The utility of in situ hyperspectral data and multivariate techniques in distinguishing 12 complex ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate, lime, and phosphorus fertilizer combinations on a grassland is assessed. Partial least squares regression discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) and discriminant analysis (DA) classification results derived using hyperspectral grass reflectance that were (1) fertilized using 11 combinations of ammonium sulfate, ammonium nitrate, phosphorus, and lime and (2) unfertilized experimental plots were compared. Results illustrate the strength of in situ hyperspectral data and multivariate techniques in detecting and discriminating grasses with different fertilizer treatments. Specifically, four bands within the red edge (731 and 737 nm) and the shortwave infrared (1310 and 1777 nm) regions of the electromagnetic spectrum demonstrated a high potential for discriminating the effects of fertilizer treatments on grasslands. DA outperformed PLS-DA in discriminating complex combinations of ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate combined with lime and phosphorus, as well as unfertilized grasses. Overall, spectroscopy and DA offer great potential for discriminating complex fertilizer combinations.

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Mbulisi Sibanda ; Onisimo Mutanga ; Mathieu Rouget and John Odindi
"Exploring the potential of in situ hyperspectral data and multivariate techniques in discriminating different fertilizer treatments in grasslands", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 9(1), 096033 (Jul 02, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.9.096033


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