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Remote Sens. 2009, 1(4), 1298-1320; doi:10.3390/rs1041298

Measurement of Crown Cover and Leaf Area Index Using Digital Cover Photography and Its Application to Remote Sensing

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Ecosystems Research Group, School of Plant Biology, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley, W.A. 6009, Australia
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CSIRO, Private Bag No. 5, Wembley, W.A. 6913, Australia
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Received: 14 October 2009 / Revised: 27 November 2009 / Accepted: 14 December 2009 / Published: 15 December 2009
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Abstract

Digital cover photography (DCP) is a high resolution, vertical field-of-view method for ground-based estimation of forest metrics, and has advantages over fisheye sensors owing to its ease of application and high accuracy. We conducted the first thorough technical appraisal of DCP using both single-lens-reflex (DSLR) and point-and-shoot cameras and concluded that differences result primarily from the better quality optics available for the DSLR camera. File compression, image size and ISO equivalence had little or no effect on estimates of forest metrics. We discuss the application of DCP for ground truthing of remotely sensed canopy metrics, and highlight its strengths over fisheye photography for testing and calibration of vertical field-of-view remote sensing.
Keywords: digital cover photography; hemispherical photography; leaf area index; crown cover; foliage cover; digital single-lens-reflex camera digital cover photography; hemispherical photography; leaf area index; crown cover; foliage cover; digital single-lens-reflex camera
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Pekin, B.; Macfarlane, C. Measurement of Crown Cover and Leaf Area Index Using Digital Cover Photography and Its Application to Remote Sensing. Remote Sens. 2009, 1, 1298-1320.

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