Since the advent of optical remote sensing (RS), physically-based radiative transfer models (RTMs) have deeply helped in understanding the radiation processes occurring on the Earth's surface and their interactions with vegetation and atmosphere. Among the most popular RTMs for vegetation applications is undoubtedly the SAIL model. SAIL provides a gentle introduction into the science of plant-light interactions to a generation of students and researchers, and has been used in all kinds of RS applications. However, when it comes to intensive use of SAIL (or similar RTMs) for mapping applications, then there is need to have these models implemented into a user-friendly framework that enables automating its running and further processing.
To facilitate the use of RTMs into RS applications, since 2010 we have been developing a Graphic User Interface (GUI) software package called ‘Automated Radiative Transfer Models Operator’ (ARTMO). ARTMO is a freely downloadable scientific toolbox that provides essential tools for running and inverting a suite of plant RTMs, both at the leaf and at the canopy scale (ipl.uv.es/artmo). While initially developed around PROSAIL (PROSPECT + SAIL), currently ARTMO runs about 10 RTMs. ARTMO essentially facilitates consistent and intuitive user interaction, thereby streamlining model setup, running, spectral output storing and plotting for any kind of optical sensor operating in the visible, near-infrared and shortwave infrared range (400-2500 nm). Over the past six years ARTMO has been expanded with a variety of post-processing toolboxes. This presentation will give an overview of developments in ARTMO toolboxes.
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