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Remote canopy hemispherical image collection system
Author(s): Xuefen Wan; Bingyu Liu; Yi Yang; Fang Han; Jian Cui
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Paper Abstract

Canopies are major part of plant photosynthesis and have distinct architectural elements such as tree crowns, whorls, branches, shoots, etc. By measuring canopy structural parameters, the solar radiation interception, photosynthesis effects and the spatio-temporal distribution of solar radiation under the canopy can be evaluated. Among canopy structure parameters, Leaf Area Index (LAI) is the key one. Leaf area index is a crucial variable in agronomic and environmental studies, because of its importance for estimating the amount of radiation intercepted by the canopy and the crop water requirements. The LAI can be achieved by hemispheric images which are obtained below the canopy with high accuracy and effectiveness. But existing hemispheric images canopy-LAI measurement technique is based on digital SLR camera with a fisheye lens. Users need to collect hemispheric image manually. The SLR camera with fisheye lens is not suit for long-term canopy-LAI outdoor measurement too. And the high cost of SLR limits its capacity. In recent years, with the development of embedded system and image processing technology, low cost remote canopy hemispheric image acquisition technology is becoming possible.

In this paper, we present a remote hemispheric canopy image acquisition system with in-field/host configuration. In-field node based on imbed platform, low cost image sensor and fisheye lens is designed to achieve hemispherical image of plant canopy at distance with low cost. Solar radiation and temperature/humidity data, which are important for evaluating image data validation, are obtained for invalid hemispherical image elimination and node maintenance too. Host computer interacts with in-field node by 3G network. The hemispherical image calibration and super resolution are used to improve image quality in host computer. Results show that the remote canopy image collection system can make low cost remote canopy image acquisition for LAI effectively. It will be a potential technology candidate for low-cost remote canopy hemispherical image collection to measure canopy LAI.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 November 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10025, Advanced Sensor Systems and Applications VII, 100251N (14 November 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2248710
Show Author Affiliations
Xuefen Wan, North China Institute of Science and Technology (China)
Bingyu Liu, Northeastern Univ. (China)
Yi Yang, Donghua Univ. (China)
Digitized Textile and Fashion Technology Engineering Ctr. of National Education Ministry (China)
Fang Han, Donghua Univ. (China)
Digitized Textile and Fashion Technology Engineering Ctr. of National Education Ministry (China)
Jian Cui, Beijing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10025:
Advanced Sensor Systems and Applications VII
Tiegen Liu; Shibin Jiang; Rene Landgraf, Editor(s)

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