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Remote sensing of american maple in alluvial forests: a case study in an island complex of the Loire valley (France)

Hilaire Martin (1)   , Jean-Matthieu Monnet (2), Marie De Boisvilliers (3), Richard Chevalier (1), Marc Villar (4)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 13, Issue 5, Pages 409-416 (2020)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor3237-013
Published: Sep 16, 2020 - Copyright © 2020 SISEF

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Due to their particular topographic position between land and river, riparian forests are ecosystems rich in biodiversity. In France, along the Middle Loire (from Nevers to Angers), Black poplar (Populus nigra L.) forests are often in mixtures with the American maple (Acer negundo L.), introduced into the country in the 18th century. We tested the detectability of American maple by LiDAR and very high-resolution multispectral imagery on an island complex. We found that coupling the point cloud height standard deviation with a vegetation index in the red, green and blue spectrums discriminated American maple with a success rate of more than 90%.


Acer negundo, American Maple, Box Elder, Populus nigra, Black Poplar, Airborne Laser Scanning, Remote Sensing, Exogenous Woody Species, Loire River

Authors’ address

Hilaire Martin
Richard Chevalier
INRAE Val de Loire, Site de Nogent-sur-Vernisson, Domaine des Barres 45290 Nogent-sur-Vernisson (France)
Jean-Matthieu Monnet 0000-0002-9948-9891
Univ. Grenoble Alpes, INRAE, UR LESSEM, F-38402 St-Martin-d’Hères (France)
Marie De Boisvilliers
L’AVION JAUNE, 1 chemin du Fescau, 34980 Montferrier-sur-Lez (France)
Marc Villar 0000-0001-9210-7072
INRAE Val de Loire, UMR 0588 INRA-ONF BioForA, 2163 Av. de la Pomme de Pin, CS 40001 Ardon, 45075 Orléans Cedex 2 (France)

Corresponding author

Hilaire Martin


Martin H, Monnet J-M, De Boisvilliers M, Chevalier R, Villar M (2020). Remote sensing of american maple in alluvial forests: a case study in an island complex of the Loire valley (France). iForest 13: 409-416. - doi: 10.3832/ifor3237-013

Academic Editor

Matteo Garbarino

Paper history

Received: Sep 13, 2019
Accepted: Jul 08, 2020

First online: Sep 16, 2020
Publication Date: Oct 31, 2020
Publication Time: 2.33 months

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