rededge: Red edge parameter

View source: R/rededge.R

rededgeR Documentation

Red edge parameter


Derive red edge parameters from hyperspectral data. Red edge is the sharp increase of reflectance values in the near infrared.





List of class Speclib


Shape and location of the red edge are commonly described by four parameters:

  • l0: wavelength of the minimum reflectance in the red spectrum

  • lp: wavelength of the inflection point

  • ls: wavelength of the reflectance shoulder

  • R0: reflectance at l0

  • Rp: Reflectance at lp

  • Rs: Reflectance at ls

The red edge parameters are calculated as proposed in Bach (1995) from the spectral area between 550 and 900 nm. l0 is calculated as the last root before the maximum value of the 2nd derivation. The minimum reflectance is the reflectance at (l0). The inflection point is the root of the 2nd derivative function between the maximum value and the minimum value. The shoulder wavelength is the first root beyond the minimum value of the 2nd derivation. The following figure shows the locaqtion of the red edge parameters in an example second derivation and reflectance spectrum.

Figure: rededge.png


A data frame containing parameters for each spectrum.


Hanna Meyer


Bach, H. (1995): Die Bestimmung hydrologischer und landwirtschaftlicher Oberflaechenparameter aus hyperspektralen Fernerkundungsdaten. Muenchner Geographische Abhandlungen Reihe B, Band B21.

See Also

vegindex, derivative.speclib, noiseFiltering


# compare R0 for spectra taken in different seasons
rd <- rededge(spectral_data)
boxplot(rd$R0 ~ SI(spectral_data)$season, ylab = "R0")

# visualize red edge parameter of one spectrum
x <- c(rd$l0[1], rd$lp[1], rd$ls[1])
y <- c(rd$R0[1], rd$Rp[1], rd$Rs[1])
points(x, y)
text(x, y, c("l0", "lp", "ls"), pos = 3, offset = 1)

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