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Remote Sens. 2009, 1(4), 1298-1320; doi:10.3390/rs1041298
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Measurement of Crown Cover and Leaf Area Index Using Digital Cover Photography and Its Application to Remote Sensing

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Received: 14 October 2009; in revised form: 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.

AMA Style

Pekin B, Macfarlane C. Measurement of Crown Cover and Leaf Area Index Using Digital Cover Photography and Its Application to Remote Sensing. Remote Sensing. 2009; 1(4):1298-1320.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Pekin, Burak; Macfarlane, Craig. 2009. "Measurement of Crown Cover and Leaf Area Index Using Digital Cover Photography and Its Application to Remote Sensing." Remote Sens. 1, no. 4: 1298-1320.


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