Date of Award:

8-1-2011

Document Type:

Dissertation

Degree Name:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department name when degree awarded

Biological and Irrigation Engineering

Advisor/Chair:

Dr. Christopher M.U. Neale

Abstract

Multispectral aerial and satellite remote sensing plays a major role in crop yield prediction due to its ability to detect crop growth conditions on spatial and temporal scales in a cost effective manner. Many empirical relationships have been established in the past between spectral vegetation indices and leaf area index, fractional ground cover, and crop growth rates for different crops through ground sampling. Remote sensing-based vegetation index (VI) yield models using airborne and satellite data have been developed only for grain crops like barley, corn, wheat, and sorghum. So it becomes important to validate and extend the VI-based model for tuber crops like potato, taking into account the most significant parameters that affect the final crop yield of these crops.

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This work was made publicly available electronically on September 29, 2011.