Remote Sensing of New Zealand Forests

We are working on several projects in Cooperation with the New Zealand Forest Research Institute Scion.

  • Monitoring herbicide damage in wilding conifers
  • Measuring nutrient deficiencies in radiata pines
  • Water stress in radiata pines
  • Transforming Tree Phenotyping


H. Buddenbaum, M.S. Watt, E.M.C. Leonardo, H.J. Estarija, H.E. Bown, M. Gomez-Gallego, R.J.L. Hartley, G.D. Pearse, P. Massam, L. Wright & P.J. Zarco-Tejada: Estimating nutrient deficiencies and their effect on photosynthesis in radiata pine using field-scale hyperspectral imagery. DGPF Jahrestagung 2021, 10-12 March 2021, online. DOI (Oral Presentation)

M.S. Watt, E.M.C. Leonardo, H.J.C. Estarija, P. Massam, D. de Silva, R. O'Neill, D. Lane, R. McDougal, H. Buddenbaum & P.J. Zarco-Tejada (2021): Long-term effects of water stress on hyperspectral remote sensing indicators in young radiata pine. Forest Ecology and Management, 502, 119707. DOI

M.S. Watt, H. Buddenbaum, E.M.C. Leonardo, H.J. Estarija, H.E. Bown, M. Gomez-Gallego, R.J.L. Hartley, P. Massam, L. Wright & P.J. Zarco-Tejada (2020): Using hyperspectral plant traits linked to photosynthetic efficiency to assess N and P partition.  ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 169, 406-420. DOI

M.S. Watt, H. Buddenbaum, E.M.C. Leonardo, H.J. Estarija, H.E. Bown, M. Gomez-Gallego, R.J.L. Hartley, G.D. Pearse, P. Massam, L. Wright & P.J. Zarco-Tejada (2020): Monitoring biochemical limitations to photosynthesis in N and P-limited radiata pine using plant functional traits quantified from hyperspectral imagery.  Remote Sensing of Environment, 248, 112003. DOI

R.C. Scholten, J. Hill, W. Werner, H. Buddenbaum, J.P. Dash, M. Gomez Gallego, C.A. Rolando, G.D. Pearse, R. Hartley, H.J. Estarija & M.S. Watt (2019): Hyperspectral VNIR-spectroscopy and imagery as a tool for monitoring herbicide damage in wilding conifers. Biological invasions, 21 (11), 3395-3413. DOI

H. Buddenbaum, M.S. Watt, R.C. Scholten & J. Hill (2019): Preprocessing Ground-Based Visible/Near Infrared Imaging Spectroscopy Data Affected by Smile Effects. Sensors 19, 1543. DOI