Chlorophyll Index

The chlorophyll index is used to calculate the total chlorophyll content of the leaves. The CIgreen and CIred-edge values are sensitive to small variations in the chlorophyll content and consistent across most species.




The red-edge band is a narrow band in the vegetation reflectance spectrum between the transition of red to near infra-red.


The total chlorophyll content is linearly correlated with the difference between the reciprocal reflectance of green/ red-edge bands and the NIR band. Hence, a CIgreen- calculated using the observation in the green region (570 nm) and a CIred-edge – using observations in the red-edge (730 nm) are widely used.