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Clark et. al. 2003 USGS Open File Report 03-395
Spectral Library splib05a Sample Description

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TITLE: LeafySpurge Spurge-A1-Jun98 DESCRIPT


SAMPLE_ID: Spurge-A1-Jun98

PLANT_TYPE: Invasive herbaceous perennial weed

PLANT: Leafy spurge

LATIN_NAME: Euphorbia esula L.




Average reflectance for an area of grassland invaded by the invasive plant species leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula L.). The area measured was approximately 15 meters in diameter. The leafy spurge cover was approximately 70% (estimated visually). The remainder of the rocky soil was covered by mixed native grass and litter.

The spurge plants were 0.3 to 0.6 m in height. Leaves of the spurge plants were green in color. Nearly all plants had developed yellow-green flower bracts, which dominated the tops of the plants. The grass cover was green.

The spectra were collected with the head of the spectrometer pointed approximately at nadir, approximately 1 meter above the ground surface, while the operator walked through the area recording spectra. This average spectrum was computed from 35 individual recorded spectra (each recorded spectrum was an average of 30 measurements).

The spectra were measured on June 8, 1998.

This area of leafy spurge is situated on a southwest facing slope in an area that had been grazed by cattle. The general location is a rural area on the northern edge of the city of Golden, Colorado (GPS coordinates are 39 degrees 47.062 minutes N latitude, 105 degrees 14.425 minutes W longitude; Datum = WGS84).

The specific location (Site A) of the area from which this average spectrum was computed is 25 meter NW of the given GPS coordinates.

Sky conditions during the measurement were partly-cloudy.

This is the same area measured for spectra Spurge-A1-Oct97, Spurge-A1-Sep97, and Spurge-A1-Jul98.

A related sample, Spurge-A2-Jun98, was measured using leafy spurge plants collected from this area.

Photos of the sample:










SPECTRAL_PURITY: 1a2_3_4_ # 1= 0.2-3, 2= 1.5-6, 3= 6-25, 4= 20-150 microns

LIB_SPECTRA_HED: where Wave Range Av_Rs_Pwr Comment
LIB_SPECTRA: splib05a r 11241 0.2-3.0µm 200

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