The research activities of the group of remote sensing of vegetation are focused on radiative transfer in vegetation canopies and its applications in physically-based algorithms for vegetation remote sensing. Forest reflectance models under development at Tartu Observatory are mainly targeted at predicting the optical signatures of northern temperate, sub-boreal and boreal forest types; however, considering their physically-based nature, the models may be applied to other highly clumped canopies.
In addition to canopy reflectance modeling, methods for atmospheric correction in satellite remote sensing are being tested and developed by the group. Since October 2000, the optical properties of the atmosphere are measured by a Sun photometer operated by AERONET at Tartu Observatory, Tõravere.
Other ongoing activities by our group: