Field characterization of olive (Olea europaea L.) tree crown architecture using terrestrial laser scanning data
Inian Moorthy, John R Miller, Jose Antonio Jimenez Berni, Pablo Zarco-Tejada, Baoxin Hu, Jing Chen
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2011
Since the introduction of Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) instruments, there now exists a means of rapidly digitizing intricate structural details of vegetation canopies using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology. In this investigation, Intelligent Laser Ranging and Imaging System (ILRIS-3D) data was acquired of individual tree crowns at olive (Olea europaea L.) plantations in Córdoba, Spain. In addition to conventional tripod-mounted ILRIS-3D scans, the unit was mounted on a platform (12m above ground) to provide nadir (top-down) observations of the olive crowns. 24 structurally variable olive trees were selected for in-depth analysis. From the observed 3D laser pulse returns, qu..View full abstract
The authors would like to thank the members of the Quanta Lab at the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture for their efforts during the field data collection campaign. In addition, this work was made possible with the financial support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Foundation of Innovation (CFI).