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Leaf Optical Properties

By: Stéphane Jacquemoud(Author), Susan Ustin(Author)
571 pages, 16 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; 160 b/w photos, 169 b/w illustrations, 68 tables
Leaf Optical Properties
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  • Leaf Optical Properties ISBN: 9781108481267 Hardback Sep 2019 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
Price: £80.99
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About this book

Plant leaves collectively represent the largest above-ground surface area of plant material in virtually all environments. Their optical properties determine where and how energy and gas exchange occurs, which in turn drives the energy budget of the planet, and defines its ecology and habitability. Leaf Optical Properties reviews the state-of-the-art research on leaf optics. Topics covered include leaf traits, the anatomy and structure of leaves, leaf colour, biophysics and spectroscopy, radiometry, radiative transfer models, and remote and proximal sensing. A physical approach is emphasised throughout, providing the necessary foundations in physics, chemistry and biology to make the context accessible to readers from various subject backgrounds. It is a valuable resource for advanced students, researchers and government agency practitioners in remote sensing, plant physiology, ecology, resource management and conservation.


1. A Brief History of Leaf Color
2. Leaf Biophysics
3. Spectroscopy of Leaf Molecules
4. Measurement of Leaf Optical Properties
5. Leaf Optical Properties in Different Wavelength Domains
6. Variation Due to Leaf Structural, Chemical and Physiological Traits
7. Variation Due to Leaf Abiotic and Biotic Factors
8. Comprehensive Reviews of Leaf Optical Properties Models
9. Modeling Leaf Optical Properties: prospect
10. Modeling Three-Dimensional Leaf Optical Properties: raytran
11. Extraction of Leaf Traits
12. Applications

Customer Reviews


Stéphane Jacquemoud is Professor of Remote Sensing at the University of Paris. He has held positions in the Department of Physics (1995-2004), and the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences (2004 to today). He currently works at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris. His research focuses on remote sensing of natural surfaces in the visible/infrared domain, and its applications in geophysics, the environment and exobiology.

Susan Ustin is Distinguished Professor of Environmental Resource Science at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the detection of plant health and plant identification to better understand the functioning and composition of ecosystems using imaging spectroscopy. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Zurich in 2012, and become a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2017.

By: Stéphane Jacquemoud(Author), Susan Ustin(Author)
571 pages, 16 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; 160 b/w photos, 169 b/w illustrations, 68 tables
Media reviews

"This advanced book considers the optical properties of leaves from many perspectives, including biophysical, biochemical, molecular, physiological, and ecological. Author Jacquemoud (Univ. of Paris) is a professor of remote sensing and a physicist, while Ustin (Univ. of California Davis) is a professor of environmental resource science. Together they bring considerable expertise to this endeavor [...] This work will appeal to advanced students and researchers in plant physiology, as well as students and practitioners of remote sensing."
J. Z. Kiss, Choice

"If you are a plant ecologist, horticulturalist, plant anatomist, plant physiologist, plant developmental biologist, plant evolutionist, plant cell biologist, plant pathologist, biophysicist, biochemist, biosynthetic plant engineer, someone who does remote sensing, a historian of science, or someone interested in feeding the world, stop reading this review and buy this book. The authors write so that readers specialized in any one discipline will understand the material presented in all other disciplines."
– Randy Wayne, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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