The Spectral Reflectance of Natural Surfaces

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  • 1 Dept. of Agricultural Engineering, University of California, Davis
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Abstract

The amount of solar energy reflected from various soils and types of vegetation has been measured as a function of sun elevation in six different wavelength ranges in the ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared regions of the spectrum. It is shown that there is a significant dependence of reflectance on both wavelength and elevation of the sun for all surfaces for which measurements were made.

Abstract

The amount of solar energy reflected from various soils and types of vegetation has been measured as a function of sun elevation in six different wavelength ranges in the ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared regions of the spectrum. It is shown that there is a significant dependence of reflectance on both wavelength and elevation of the sun for all surfaces for which measurements were made.

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