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DOI 10.3390/rs8100823
Title (Primary) Imagine all the plants: evaluation of a light-field camera for on-site crop growth monitoring
Author Schima, R.; Mollenhauer, H.; Grenzdörffer, G.; Merbach, I.; Lausch, A.; Dietrich, P.; Bumberger, J.
Journal Remote Sensing
Year 2016
Department CLE; BZF; MET
Volume 8
Issue 10
Page From art. 823
Language englisch
Keywords canopy measurements; crop growth monitoring; light-field (LF) vision; on-site observation; plant phenology; precision agriculture
UFZ wide themes RU5
Abstract The desire to obtain a better understanding of ecosystems and process dynamics in nature accentuates the need for observing these processes in higher temporal and spatial resolutions. Linked to this, the measurement of changes in the external structure and phytomorphology of plants is of particular interest. In the fields of environmental research and agriculture, an inexpensive and field-applicable on-site imaging technique to derive three-dimensional information about plants and vegetation would represent a considerable improvement upon existing monitoring strategies. This is particularly true for the monitoring of plant growth dynamics, due to the often cited lack of morphological information. To this end, an innovative low-cost light-field camera, the Lytro LF (Light-Field), was evaluated in a long-term field experiment. The experiment showed that the camera is suitable for monitoring plant growth dynamics and plant traits while being immune to ambient conditions. This represents a decisive contribution for a variety of monitoring and modeling applications, as well as for the validation of remote sensing data. This strongly confirms and endorses the assumption that the light-field camera presented in this study has the potential to be a light-weight and easy to use measurement tool for on-site environmental monitoring and remote sensing purposes.
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Schima, R., Mollenhauer, H., Grenzdörffer, G., Merbach, I., Lausch, A., Dietrich, P., Bumberger, J. (2016):
Imagine all the plants: evaluation of a light-field camera for on-site crop growth monitoring
Remote Sens. 8 (10), art. 823