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TitleLAI Measurements in White Beans and Corn Canopies with Two Optical Instruments
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AuthorPacheco, A; Bannari, A; Staenz, K; McNairn, H
Source8th International Symposium of Physical Measurements & Signatures in Remote Sensing, Aussois, France January 8-12; 2001., Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20043115
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Released2001 01 01
AbstractLeaf Area Index (LAI) is a parameter used to describe the percentage of vegetation cover and to estimate productivity or yield of agriculture and forest canopies. LAI can be estimated using different techniques such as destructive sampling, vegetation indices and optical instruments. This paper investigates LAI measurements in white beans and corn canopies using two optical instruments, the LI-COR LAI-2000 and the Tracing Radiation and Architecture of Canopies (TRAC), a prototype instrument designed by the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS). LAI estimates provided by each instrument are compared and analysed. Also, further investigation is done in regards to the percent crop cover data and LAI values from the LAI-2000 and the TRAC. Preliminary results indicate that LAI measurements with the LAI-2000 and the TRAC do not correlate very well. It was also found that LAI-2000's LAI estimates correlate better with the percent crop cover than the TRAC. Accordingly, the LAI-2000 provides LAI values that are more accurate than those provided with the TRAC.

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