Journal article

High-resolution imagery acquired from an unmanned platform to estimate biophysical and geometrical parameters of olive trees under different irrigation regimes

Giovanni Caruso, Pablo J Zarco-Tejada, Victoria Gonzalez-Dugo, Marco Moriondo, Letizia Tozzini, Giacomo Palai, Giovanni Rallo, Alberto Hornero, Jacopo Primicerio, Riccardo Gucci

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2019

Abstract

The experiments were conducted in a fully-productive olive orchard (cv. Frantoio) at the experimental farm of University of Pisa at Venturina (Italy) in 2015 to assess the ability of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with RGB-NIR cameras to estimate leaf area index (LAI), tree height, canopy diameter and canopy volume of olive trees that were either irrigated or rainfed. Irrigated trees received water 4-5 days a week (1348 m3 ha-1), whereas the rainfed ones received a single irrigation of 19 m3 ha-1 to relieve the extreme stress. The flight altitude was 70 m above ground level (AGL), except for one flight (50 m AGL). The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) was calculated by..

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