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Rapeseed crops flowering duration estimation by RGB images acquired by consumer drone: a tool for ground-truthing
Author(s): Dessislava Ganeva
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Paper Abstract

Accurately monitoring agriculture with satellite data is in constant demand. However, correctly relating the satellite data to ground data is not a trivial task. This study explores the possibility to use RGB digital images as ground truth in remote estimation of the flowering duration for the winter rapeseed crop (Brassica napus). I used a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone and camera. The flowering of the rapeseed crop is characterized by a very distinctive yellow color. The beginning and end of flowering is not an exact notion, but a user estimated one, based on the percentage of the flowering plants in the study area. Therefore, the aim is to pixel segment the acquired RGB digital images and identify the flowering pixels. The RGB color model is transformed into a Hue Saturation Value (HSV) color model that decouples the intensity information from the color information in the image. This transformation is used to improve the image classification in variable lighting conditions. Unsupervised image classification on the color transformed images gives satisfactory results in identifying the flowering pixels in the image in full and end flowering, if the images are taken under cloudless sky. The estimation of the results is done by visual user check. The experiment started after the beginning of flowering therefore this part will be performed and evaluated during the next flowering period.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10773, Sixth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2018), 107730C (6 August 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2326149
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Dessislava Ganeva, Space Research and Technology Institute (Bulgaria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10773:
Sixth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2018)
Kyriacos Themistocleous; Giorgos Papadavid; Silas Michaelides; Vincent Ambrosia; Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis, Editor(s)

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