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TitleCorrection to the plant canopy gap-size analysis theory used by the Tracing Radiation and Architecture of Canopies instrument
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AuthorLeblanc, S GORCID logo
SourceApplied Optics vol. 41, no. 36, 2002 p. 7671-7678,
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20043058
PublisherThe Optical Society
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Subjectsgeophysics; optical properties; vegetation; remote sensing; analyses; correlations
Released2002 12 20
AbstractA plant canopy gap-size analyzer, the Tracing Radiation and Architecture of Canopies (TRAC), developed by Chen and Cihlar [Appl Opt. 34, 6211(1995)] and commercialized and by 3rd Wave Engineering (Nepean, Canada), has been used around the world to quantify the fraction of photosynthetically activeradiation absorbed by plant canopies, the leaf area index (LAI), and canopy architectural parameters. The TRAC is walked under a canopy along transects to measure sunflecks that are converted into a gap-size distribution. A numerical gap-removal technique is performed to remove gaps that are not theoretically possible in a random canopy. The resulting reduced gap-size distribution is used to quantify the heterogeneity of the canopy and to improve LAI measurements. It is explicitly shown here that the original derivation of the clumping index was missing a normalization factor. For a very clumped canopy with a large gap faction, the resulting LAI can be more than 100% smaller than previously estimated. A test case is used to demonstrate that the new clumping index derivation allows a more accurate change of LAI to be measured.

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