Using the SCOPE model for potato growth, productivity and yield monitoring under different levels of nitrogen fertilization

E. Prikaziuk*, G. Ntakos, Tamara ten Den, Pytrik Reidsma, Tamme van der Wal, C. van der Tol

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Most applications of remote sensing in agricultural crop monitoring use multispectral imaging techniques, but with upcoming hyperspectral missions, the opportunity arises to better estimate pigment absorption and crop structure by exploiting the full solar reflective spectrum. In this study, we demonstrate how hyperspectral time series can be used with the Soil Canopy Observation of Photochemistry and Energy fluxes (SCOPE) model to estimate crop yield variability among fields, crop varieties and nitrogen treatments generically, i.e. without a calibration with in situ, data. Field experiments were conducted in two potato fields in the Netherlands between May and September 2019. The fields were planted with five varieties of potato, under three nitrogen fertilization treatments. By fitting the model to the full VNIR-SWIR spectrum of measured hyperspectral reflectance, we retrieved the model input parameters of Leaf Area Index (LAI), leaf chlorophyll content (Cab) and leaf water content (Cw) and simulated the photosynthesis throughout the season using data of local Automatic Weather Stations (AWS). Statistical analysis of measured and retrieved traits of LAI, Cab and canopy water content showed that two fields responded differently to the treatments, exhibiting fewer classes than were expected based on the experimental design. Potato yield, which was estimated as the sum of photosynthesis flux multiplied by the harvest index of 0.64, correlated with the measured tuber dry weight with R2 0.36 and RMSE 2.5 t ha−1. This study demonstrates that even in the absence of crop or variety specific information, hyperspectral reflectance and local weather data ingested into SCOPE can explain a substantial part of the observed variability in yield among fields.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102997
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
Early online date21 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


  • Hyperspectral reflectance
  • Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.)
  • Retrieval
  • SCOPE model
  • Time series
  • Yield
  • UT-Gold-D


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