Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Thomasson, J. Alex

Committee Member

Bruce, Lori Mann

Committee Member

To, S.D. Filip

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Biological Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Simulated Landsat reflectance spectra of soil samples were compared to actual Landsat radiance values of soils in two fields (1 and 3) near Vance, Mississippi. The simulated reflectance spectra were calculated by combining Landsat spectral sensitivity with laboratory-based spectrophotometer reflectance values. The actual radiance data were obtained by extracting pixel values from Landsat images. Simple linear regression (SLR) yielded significant linear relationships for 1997 field-1 and 2001 field-3 data. Multiple linear regression (MLR) and weighted linear regression (WLR), which indirectly accounted for moisture content and spatial resolution, respectively, yielded improvement in R2 for most of the studied bands. The analyses generally satisfied the normality and constant variance assumptions, and removal of outliers improved the validity of the assumptions and R2. It was concluded that indirect measures of soil moisture content and spatial uncertainty can substantially improve the relationship between remotely sensed bare-soil spectra and laboratory spectra.



Bare soils||Reflectance||Simulated||Radiance||Spectrophotometer||Landsat