Anatoly Gitelson

Anatoly Gitelson

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Title Emeritus Remote Sensing Specialist
Address 101 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0961
Phone 402-472-3471
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail agitelson2@unl.edu
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Hello, I'm Anatoly Gitelson, physicist, remote sensing specialist and professor emeritus in the School of Natural Resources.

Most of my research is on the development of models and remote sensing techniques for monitoring terrestrial and aquatic environments. Consequently, I also taught quantitative remote sensing classes that cover both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Remote sensing models and techniques are extremely useful in monitoring water quality and vegetation status. In fact, in a recent research project that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and NASA funded, we developed techniques to monitor phytoplankton density and suspended matter in lakes, reservoirs and coastal waters, and we used remote sensing to classify lakes across Nebraska.

Analyses that use remote sensing are equally valuable for land-based projects and often have several important applications. We have used remote sensing techniques in the past in the study of land cover change in different parts of the world, and we use it now in the assessment of vegetation "health" including carbon dioxide exchange.

Remote sensing tools are dynamic, permitting me to expand the scope of my projects. Hence, I have employed remote sensing techniques and models to track global carbon dioxide exchange and monitor global vegetation dynamics.

I started working at UNL in 2000. I have a master's and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Radio Technology in Taganrog in the former Soviet Union.

Selected Publications

Solovchenko, A., A. Gitelson, O. Chivkunova, M. Merzlyak. (2017) Foliar reflectance and biochemistry, 5 data sets. Researchgate 10.13140/RG.2.2.13225.29282 Online
Gitelson, A., Peng, Y., Arkebauer, T., Suyker, A. (2015). Productivity, absorbed photosynthetically active radiation, and light use efficiency in crops: Implications for remote sensing of crop primary production. Journal of Plant Physiology, 177(0), 100-109. Online
Merani, Paul B.T., Donald C. Rundquist, Deepak R. Mishra, John F. Schalles, Anatoly Gitelson, and Sunil Narumalani, 2014. Estimating above-ground green biomass using canopy level hyperspectral data in Gulf Coast salt marsh habitat. (In Preparation).
Nguy-Robertson, A.L., A.A. Gitelson, Y. Peng, T.J. Arkebauer, A. Pimstein, I. Herrmann, A. Karnieli, D.C. Rundquist, & D.J. Bonfil, (2014) Estimating green LAI in four crops: Determining optimal bands in the VIS/NIR. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 192-193: 140-148 Online
Nguy-Robertson, A.L., A.A. Gitelson, Y. Peng, E.A. Walter-Shea, B. Leavitt, & T.J. Arkebauer, (2013) Continuous monitoring of crop reflectance, vegetation fraction and identification of developmental stages using a four band radiometer. Agronomy Journal. 105(6): 1769-1779.
Gitelson, A., Peng, Y., Masek, J., Rundquist, D., Verma, S., Suyker, A., Baker, J., Hatfield, J., Meyers, T. (2012). Remote estimation of crop gross primary production with Landsat data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 121, 404–414. Online
Moses, W., Gitelson, A., Perk, R., Gurlin, D., Rundquist, D., Leavitt, B., Barrow, T., Brakhage, P. (2012). Estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration in turbid productive waters using airborne hyperspectral data. Water Research. 46, 993-1004. Online
Nguy-Robertson, A.L. A.A. Gitelson, Y. Peng, T.J. Arkebauer, & D.C. Rundquist, (2012). Green Leaf area index estimation in maize and soybean: combining vegetation Indices to achieve maximal sensitivity. Agronomy Journal. 104(5): 1336-1347.
Sakamoto, T., A.A. Gitelson, A.L. Nguy-Robertson, T.J. Arkebauer, B.D. Wardlow, A.E. Suyker, S.B. Verma, & M. Shibayama, (2012) An alternative method using digital cameras for continuous monitoring of crop status. Agriculture and Forest Meteorology. 154-155: 113-126. Online
Sakamoto, T., Gitelson, A., Wardlow, B., Arkebauer, T., Verma, S., Suyker, A., Sibayama, M. (2012). Application of day and night digital photographs for estimating maize biophysical characteristics. Precision Agriculture. 13, 285-301.
Peng, Yi, A. Gitelson. G. Keydan, D.Rundquist, and W. Moses, 2011. Remote estimation of gross primary production in maize and support for a new paradigm based on total crop chlorophyll content. Remote Sensing of Environment. 115: 978-989. Online
Vima, A., A. A. Gitelson, A. L. Nguy-Robertson & Y. Peng. (2011). Comparison of different vegetation indices for the remote assessment of green leaf area index of crops. Remote Sensing of Environment. 115: 3468-3478. Online
Rundquist, D., A. Gitelson, M. Lawson, G. Keydan, B. Leavitt, R. Perk, J. Keck, D. Mishra, and S. Narumalani, 2009. Proximal sensing of coral features: spectral characterization of Sidastrea siderea. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 46:2, 139-160.
Steele, M., A. Gitelson, and D. Rundquist, 2009. Non-destructive estimation of anthocyanin content in grapevine leaves. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 60:87-92. Online
Zygielbaum, A., A. Gitelson, T. Arkebauer, and D. Rundquist, 2009. Non-destructive detection of water stress and estimation of relative water content in maize. Geophysical Research Letters, 36,LI2403, Online
Zygielbaum, A.I., A.A. Gitelson, T.J. Arkebauer, and D.C. Rundquist, 2009, Crop water stress detection using visible spectrum reflectance, Poster presentation, AGU Fall Meeting.
Gitelson, A.A., G. Dall Olmo, W. Moses, D. C. Rundquist, T. Barrow, T. R. Fischer, D. Gurlin, and J. Holz. 2008. A simple semi-analytical model for remote estimation of chlorophyll-a in turbid waters: Validation. Remote Sensing of Environment. 112:3582-3593. Online
Gitelson, A.A., Vina, A., Masek J.G., Verma, S. B., and A. E. Suyker. 2008. Synoptic Monitoring of Gross Primary Productivity of Maize Using Landsat Data, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 5(2) 10.1109/LGRS.2008.915598. Online
Steele, M., A. Gitelson, and D. Rundquist, 2008. A comparison of two techniques for non-destructive measurement of chlorophyll content in grapevine leaves. Agronomy Journal, 100:3, 779-782.
Steele, M., A. Gitelson, and D. Rundquist, 2008. Non-destructive estimation of leaf chlorophyll content in grapes. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 59:3, 299-305. Online
Walker, S., Lund JC, Schumacher DG, Brakhage PA, McManus BC, Miller JD, Augustine MM, Carney JJ, Holland RS, Hoagland KD, Holz JC, Barrow TM, Rundquist DC, Gitelson AA. 2008. Nebraska Experience. Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms: State of the Science and Research Needs. In K. Hudnell (ed.), Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 619:135-148. Online
Gitelson, A.A., B.D. Wardlow, G.P. Keydan, and B. Leavitt, 2007. Green leaf area index estimation in crops using MODIS 250 meter data. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L20403, doi:10.1029/2007GL031620. Online
Gitelson, A. A., A. Vina, S. B. Verma, D. C. Rundquist, T. J. Arkebauer, G. Keydan, B. Leavitt, V. Ciganda, G. G. Burba, and A. E. Suyker. 2006. Relationship between gross primary production and chlorophyll content in crops: Implications for the synoptic monitoring of vegetation productivity. J. Geophys. Res., 111, D08S11, doi:10.1029/2005JD006017. Online
S.B. Verma, A. Dobermann, K.G. Cassman, D.T. Walters, J.M. Knops, T.J. Arkebauer, A.E. Suyker, G.G. Burba, B. Amos, H. Yang, D. Ginting, K.G. Hubbard, A.A. Gitelson, and E.A. Walter-Shea. 2005. Annual carbon dioxide exchange in irrigated and rainfed maize-based agroecosystems. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 131: 77-96 Online
Shashi B. Verma, Achim Dobermann, Kenneth G. Cassman, Daniel T. Walters, Johannes M. Knops, Timothy J. Arkebauer, Andrew E. Suyker, Georfe G. Burba, Brigid Amos, Haishun Yang, Daniel Ginting, Kenneth G. Hubbard, Anatoly A. Gitelson and Elizabeth A. Walter-Shea. 2005. Annual carbon dioxide exchange in irrigated and rainfed maize-based agroecosystems. Agricultureal and Forest Meteorology. 131: 77-96. Online
Dall'lmo, G., A. A. Gitelson, D.C. Rundquist, B. Leavitt, T. M. Barrow and J. C. Holz. 2005. Assessing the potential of SeaWiFS and MODIS for estimating chlorophyll concentration in turbid productive waters using red and near-infrared bands. Remote Sensing of Environment. 96(2): 176-187. Online
Dall'Olmo, G., A. Gitelson, D. Rundquist, B. Leavitt, T. Barrow, and J. Holz, 2005. Estimation of chlorophyll concentration in case-2 productive waters using existing ocean color sensors: calibration, validation, and radiometric considerations. Remote Sensing of Environment, 96:176-187.
Gitelson, A. A. 2004. Wide Dynamic Range Vegetation Index for Remote Quantification of Crop Biophysical Characteristics. Journal of Plant Physiology. 161:165-173. Online
Rundquist, D., R. Perk, B. Leavitt, G. Keydan, and A. Gitelson, 2004. Collecting spectral data over cropland vegetation using machine positioning versus hand-held positioning of the sensor. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 43, 173-178. Online
Dall'Olmo, G., A. A. Gitelson, and D. C. Rundquist 2003. Towards a unified approach for remote estimation of chlorophyll-a in both terrestrial vegetation and turbid productive waters, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30(18):1938, doi:10.1029/2003GL018065. Online
Gitelson, A. A., S. B. Verma, A. Vina, D. C. Rundquist, G. Keydan, B. Leavitt, T. J. Arkebauer, G. G. Burba, and A. E. Suyker. 2003. Novel technique for remote estimation of CO2 flux in maize, Geophys. Res. Lett. 30(9):1486, doi:10.1029/2002GL016543 Online
Gitelson, A.A., Gritz, U. and Merzlyak M.N. 2003. Relationships between leaf chlorophyll content and spectral reflectance and algorithms for non-destructive chlorophyll assessment in higher plant leaves. J Plant Physiol. 160(3): 271-282. Online
Gitelson, A.A., Gritz, U., Merzlyak M.N. 2003. Relationships between leaf chlorophyll content and spectral reflectance and algorithms for non-destructive chlorophyll assessment in higher plant leaves. Journal of Plant Physiology. 160(3):271-282.
Gitelson, A.A., Viña, A., Arkebauer, T.J., Rundquist, D.C., Keydan, G., Leavitt, B. 2003. Remote estimation of leaf area index and green leaf biomass in maize canopies. Geophysical Research Letters. 30(5):1248. Online
Gitelson, A., Kaufman, Y., Stark, R., Rundquist, D. 2002. Novel algorithms for remote estimation of vegetation fraction. Remote Sensing of Environment. Remote Sensing of Environment. 80:76-87. Online
Gitelson, A.A., Kaufman, Y.J., Stark, R., Rundquist, D. Novel algorithms for remote estimation of vegetation fraction. Remote Sensing of Environment. 80:76-87. Online
Gitelson, A.A., Stark, R., Grits, U., Rundquist, D., Kaufman, Y., Derry, D. 2002. Vegetation and soil lines in visible spectral space: a concept and technique for remote estimation of vegetation fraction. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 23(13):2537-2562.
Gitelson, A.A., Merzlyak, M.N., Chivkunova, O.B. 2001. Optical properties and non-destructive estimation of anthocyanin content in plant leaves 2001. Optical properties and non-destructive estimation of anthocyanin content in plant leaves. Photochemistry and Photobiology. 74(1):38-45.
Gitelson, A.A., Grits, U., Stark, R., Rundquist, D., Kaufman, Y. 2000. Novel algorithms for remote estimation of vegetation fraction. Proceedings of the Second International on Geospatial Information in Agriculture and Forestry Conference, Lake Buena Vista, FL. 1-8 Online
Gitelson, A.A., Grits, Y.A., Etzion, D., Ning, Z. Salmi, Y., Richmond, A. 2000. Optical properties of Nannochloropsis sp. and their application to remote estimation of cell mass. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments, Charleston, SC. 369-376.
Gitelson, A.A., Yacobi, Y.Z., Rundquist, D.C., Schalles, J.F., Stark, R., Han, L., Etzion, D. 2000. Remote estimation of chlorophyll concentration in productive waters: Principles, algorithm development and validation. Monitoring for the Millennium. Proceedings of NWQMC National Conference, Austin, TX. 149-160. Online
Rundquist, D., Ramirez, J., Gitelson, A.A. 2000. The effect of extreme background conditions on reflectance of vegetation and estimation of vegetation fraction. Proceedings of the Second International on Geospatial Information in Agriculture and Forestry Conference, Lake Buena Vista, FL. 59-65.
Schalles, J.D., Rundquist, D., Gitelson, A. Keck, J. 2000. Close range hyperspectral reflectance measurements of healthy Indo-Pacific and Carribbean Corals. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments, Charleston, SC. Online
Stark, R., Gitelson, A.A. 2000. Radiation regime in irrigated wheat. Proceedings of the Second International on Geospatial Information in Agriculture and Forestry Conference, Lake Buena Vista, FL. 89-96.
Zuy, Y., Gitelson, A.A., Chivkunova, O.B., Merzlyak, M.N. 2000. The spectral contribution of Carotenoids to light absorption and reflectance in green leaves. Second International on Geospatial Information in Agriculture and Forestry Conference, Lake Buena Vista, FL. 17-23.
Gitelson, A.A., Buschmann, C., and H.K. Lichtenthaler 1999. The chlorophyll Fluorescence Ratio F735/F700 as an Accurate Measure of the Chlorophyll Content in Plants. Remote Sensing of Environment. 69:296-302. Online
Gitelson, A., and Y. Kaufman 1998. MODIS NDVI Optimization to Fit the AVHRR Data Series - Spectral Considerations. Remote Sensing of Environment. 66(3):343-350. Online
Gitelson, A., and M. Merzlyak1997. Remote Estimation of Chlorophyll Content in higher Plant Leaves. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 18(12):291-298.
Gitelson, A., Y. Kaufman, and M. Merzlyak 1996. Use of a Green Channel in Remote Sensing of Global Vegetation from EOS-MODIS. Remote Sensing of Environment. 58:289-298. Online

Educational Background

  • MS - Institute of Radio Technology in Taganrog, Soviet Union, Electronics (1964)
  • PhD - Institute of Radio Technology in Taganrog, Soviet Union, Radio Physics (1972)

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Affiliations (index)

Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Remote Sensing of Environment
  • Environmental change
  • Hydrology
  • Limnology
  • Water quality
  • Blue-green remote sensing

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Long-Term Maize-Based Agro-Ecosystem Core Sites as Part of the AmeriFlux Management Project Network (additional funds)
Starting Date 2/17/2017
Principal Investigators
Andy Suyker
Co-PIs
Tim Arkebauer
Trenton Franz
Anatoly Gitelson
Art Zygielbaum
Ending Date 9/30/2020
Funding Level $93,000.00
Funding Source UC-Berkeley National Lab

 
Grant Title Long-Term Maize-Based Agro-Ecosystem Core Sites as Part of the AmeriFlux Management Project Network (additional funds)
Starting Date 3/9/2014
Principal Investigators
Andy Suyker
Co-PIs
Timothy Arkebauer
Humberto Blanco
Trenton Franz
Anatoly Gitelson
Ken Hubbard
Adam Liska
Elizabeth (Betty) Walter-Shea
Haishun Yang
Art Zygielbaum
Ending Date 9/30/2016
Funding Level $112,399.00
Funding Source University of California-Berkeley National Lab

 
Grant Title Long-Term Maize-Based Agro-Ecosystem Core Sites as Part of the AmeriFlux Management Project Network
Starting Date 3/9/2014
Principal Investigators
Andy Suyker
Co-PIs
Timothy Arkebauer
Humberto Blanco
Trenton Franz
Anatoly Gitelson
Ken Hubbard
Adam Liska
Elizabeth (Betty) Walter-Shea
Haishun Yang
Art Zygielbaum
Ending Date 9/30/2016
Funding Level $112,399.00
Funding Source University of California-Berkeley National Lab

 
Grant Title Maize and Soybean Biomass and Yield Monitoring using MODIS
Starting Date 9/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Anatoly Gitelson
Co-PIs
Anthony Nguy-Robertson
Ending Date 5/31/2013
Funding Level $1,500.00
Funding Source University of Nebraska-Omaha/National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Cyanobacteria Detection in Water Systems
Starting Date 5/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Anatoly Gitelson
Ending Date 4/30/2012
Funding Level $4,400.00
Funding Source University of Nebraska Foundation

 
Grant Title Remote Sensing of Maize and Soybeans in NE
Starting Date 8/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Anatoly Gitelson
Ending Date 1/31/2012
Funding Level $1,000.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title A Modis Based Decision Support Tool for Gulf Coast Salt Marsh Conservation and Restoration
Starting Date 2/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Anatoly Gitelson
Ending Date 1/31/2011
Funding Level $74,066.00
Funding Source University of New Orleans

 
Grant Title A Satellite-Based Quantification of Carbon Exchange of the Cominant Ecosystem (Maize-Soybean) in the NACP Mid-Continent Intensive (MCI) Region
Starting Date 4/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Anatoly Gitelson
Co-PIs
Shashi Verma
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 3/31/2010
Funding Level $180,101.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Satelite Based Carbon Exchange (Maize Soybeans)
Starting Date 4/1/2008
Principal Investigators
Anatoly Gitelson
Co-PIs
Shashi Verma
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 3/31/2011
Funding Level $216,622.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Stennis

 

Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences