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Contribution to Trees Health Assessment Using Infrared Thermography

Research Unit for Inland Development, Polytechnic of Guarda, Avenida Francisco Sá Carneiro 50, 6300-559 Guarda, Portugal
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Agriculture 2019, 9(8), 171; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture9080171
Received: 17 May 2019 / Revised: 28 July 2019 / Accepted: 31 July 2019 / Published: 2 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors Application in Agriculture)
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Abstract

Trees are essential natural resources for ecosystem balance, regional development, and urban greening. Preserving trees has become a crucial challenge for society. It is common for the use of invasive or even destructive techniques for health diagnosis of these living structures, and interventions after visual inspection. Therefore, the dissemination and implementation of increasingly less aggressive techniques for inspection, analysis and monitoring techniques are essential. The latest high-definition thermal cameras record thermal images of high resolution and sensitivity. Infrared thermography (IRT) is a promising technique for the inspection of trees because the tissue of the sap is practically on the surface of the living structure. The thermograms allow the identification of deteriorated tissues and to differentiate them from healthy tissues, and make an observation of the tree as a functional whole body. The aim of this study is to present, based on differences in the temperatures field given by the thermal images, a qualitative analysis of the status of two different arboreal species, Quercus pyrenaica Willd and Olea europaea L. The results show the IRT as an expeditious, non-invasive and promising technique for tree inspection, providing results that are not possible to reach by other methods and much less by a visual inspection. The work represents a contribution to make IRT a tree decision-making tool on the health status of trees. View Full-Text
Keywords: trees inspection; trees monitoring; infrared thermography; IRT; VTA; sustainability trees inspection; trees monitoring; infrared thermography; IRT; VTA; sustainability
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Pitarma, R.; Crisóstomo, J.; Ferreira, M.E. Contribution to Trees Health Assessment Using Infrared Thermography. Agriculture 2019, 9, 171.

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