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See detailMapping and Monitoring of Biomass and Grazing in Pasture with an Unmanned Aerial System
Michez, Adrien ULiege; Lejeune, Philippe ULiege; Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege et al

in Remote Sensing (2019), 11(5 473),

The tools available to farmers to manage grazed pastures and adjust forage demand to grass growth are generally rather static. Unmanned aerial systems (UASs) are interesting versatile tools that can ... [more ▼]

The tools available to farmers to manage grazed pastures and adjust forage demand to grass growth are generally rather static. Unmanned aerial systems (UASs) are interesting versatile tools that can provide relevant 3D information, such as sward height (3D structure), or even describe the physical condition of pastures through the use of spectral information. This study aimed to evaluate the potential of UAS to characterize a pasture’s sward height and above-ground biomass at a very fine spatial scale. The pasture height provided by UAS products showed good agreement (R2 = 0.62) with a reference terrestrial light detection and ranging (LiDAR) dataset. We tested the ability of UAS imagery to model pasture biomass based on three different combinations: UAS sward height, UAS sward multispectral reflectance/vegetation indices, and a combination of both UAS data types. The mixed approach combining the UAS sward height and spectral data performed the best (adj. R2 = 0.49). This approach reached a quality comparable to that of more conventional non-destructive on-field pasture biomass monitoring tools. As all of the UAS variables used in the model fitting process were extracted from spatial information (raster data), a high spatial resolution map of pasture biomass was derived based on the best fitted model. A sward height differences map was also derived from UAS-based sward height maps before and after grazing. Our results demonstrate the potential of UAS imagery as a tool for precision grazing study applications. The UAS approach to height and biomass monitoring was revealed to be a potential alternative to the widely used but time-consuming field approaches. While reaching a similar level of accuracy to the conventional field sampling approach, the UAS approach provides wall-to-wall pasture characterization through very high spatial resolution maps, opening up a new area of research for precision grazing. [less ▲]

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See detailHarmonisation of stem volume estimates in european national forest inventories
Gschwantner, T.; Alberdi, I.; Balázs, A. et al

in Annals of Forest Science (2019), 76

Key message : Volume predictions of sample trees are basic inputs for essential National Forest Inventory (NFI) estimates. The predicted volumes are rarely comparable among European NFIs because of ... [more ▼]

Key message : Volume predictions of sample trees are basic inputs for essential National Forest Inventory (NFI) estimates. The predicted volumes are rarely comparable among European NFIs because of country-specific dbh thresholds and differences regarding the inclusion of the tree parts stump, stem top, and branches. Twenty-one European NFIs implemented harmonisation measures to provide consistent stem volume predictions for comparable forest resource estimates. Context : The harmonisation of forest information has become increasingly important. International programs and interest groups from the wood industry, energy, and environmental sectors require comparable information. European NFIs as primary source of forest information are well-placed to support policies and decision-making processes with harmonised estimates. Aims : The main objectives were to present the implementation of stem volume harmonisation by European NFIs, to obtain comparable growing stocks according to five reference definitions, and to compare the different results. Methods : The applied harmonisation approach identifies the deviations between country-level and common reference definitions. The deviations are minimised through country-specific bridging functions. Growing stocks were calculated from the unharmonised, and harmonised stem volume estimates and comparisons were made. Results : The country-level growing stock results differ from the Cost Action E43 reference definition between − 8 and +32%. Stumps and stem tops together account for 4 to 13% of stem volume, and large branches constitute 3 to 21% of bro adleaved growing stock. Up to 6% of stem volume is allocated below the dbh-threshold. Conclusion :Comparable volume figures are available for the first time on a large-scale in Europe. The results indicate the importance of harmonisation for international forest statistics. The presented work contributes to the NFI harmonisation process in Europe in several ways regarding comparable NFI reporting and scenario modelling. [less ▲]

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See detailRéviser les tarifs de cubage pour prendre en compte l'évolution de la ressource au Cameroun
Ligot, Gauthier ULiege; Dubart, Nicolas; Tchowo Hapi, Mauriad et al

in Bois et Forêts des Tropiques (2018), 338

La connaissance du volume exploitable est une information essentielle tant pour la gestion que pour le contrôle de l’exploitation forestière. En Afrique centrale, l’estimation des volumes repose ... [more ▼]

La connaissance du volume exploitable est une information essentielle tant pour la gestion que pour le contrôle de l’exploitation forestière. En Afrique centrale, l’estimation des volumes repose essentiellement sur l’utilisation de tarifs de cubage à une entrée, spécifique à chaque essence, et prédisant le volume exploitable à partir du diamètre de l’arbre. Or, récemment, de nombreux acteurs de la gestion forestière au Cameroun reportent une inadéquation entre les volumes commerciaux estimés avec les tarifs de cubage imposés par l’administration et les volumes estimés à partir des mesures de la longueur et du diamètre des billes exploitées. Afin de vérifier la justesse des tarifs de cubage imposés par l’administration camerounaise, nous avons réalisé un échantillonnage destructif pour 12 essences jouant un rôle crucial dans le commerce du bois au Cameroun, et développé de nouveaux tarifs de cubage, qui ont été comparés avec les tarifs imposés par l’administration camerounaise et 52 autres tarifs de cubage disponibles dans la littérature. Dans quatre concessions forestières du Cameroun, représentatives des différentes conditions écologiques prévalant dans ce pays, 732 arbres ont été abattus et leur volume a été mesuré par la méthode des billons successifs. Des tarifs de cubage à une entrée, fonction uniquement du diamètre de référence, ont ensuite été ajustés par la méthode des moindres carrés généralisés. Notre étude confirme l’existence de biais entre les volumes mesurés et les volumes estimés en utilisant les tarifs de cubage imposés par l’administration camerounaise. En conséquence, de nouveaux tarifs de cubage et un abaque de correction sont proposés. Enfin, la majorité des tarifs de cubages testés présentaient un biais similaire qui résulte vraisemblablement d’une évolution de la ressource et des pratiques d’exploitation. [less ▲]

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See detailHow far can consumer grade UAV RGB imagery describe crop production? A 3D and multi-temporal modelling approach applied to Zea mays
Michez, Adrien ULiege; Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege; Brostaux, Yves ULiege et al

in Remote Sensing (2018), 10(11), 1798

In recent decades, remote sensing has increasingly been used to estimate the spatio-temporal evolution of crop biophysical parameters such as the above-ground biomass (AGB). On a local scale, the advent ... [more ▼]

In recent decades, remote sensing has increasingly been used to estimate the spatio-temporal evolution of crop biophysical parameters such as the above-ground biomass (AGB). On a local scale, the advent of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) seems to be a promising trade-off between satellite/airborne and terrestrial remote sensing. This study aims to evaluate the potential of a low-cost UAV RGB solution to predict the final AGB of Zea mays. Besides evaluating the interest of 3D data and multitemporality, our study aims to answer operational questions such as when one should plan a combination of two UAV flights for AGB modeling. In this case, study, final AGB prediction model performance reached 0.55 (R-square) using only UAV information and 0.8 (R-square) when combining UAV information from a single flight with a single-field AGB measurement. The adding of UAV height information to the model improves the quality of the AGB prediction. Performing two flights provides almost systematically an improvement in AGB prediction ability in comparison to most single flights. Our study provides clear insight about how we can counter the low spectral resolution of consumer-grade RGB cameras using height information and multitemporality. Our results highlight the importance of the height information which can be derived from UAV data on one hand, and on the other hand, the lower relative importance of RGB spectral information. [less ▲]

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See detailThe limited contribution of large trees to annual biomass production in an old-growth tropical forest
Ligot, Gauthier ULiege; Gourlet-Fleury, Sylvie; Ouédraogo, Dakis-Yaoba et al

in Ecological Applications (2018)

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See detailUpscaling winter wheat above-ground biomass measurements using multispectral imagery and 3D data from unmanned aerial vehicle
Michez, Adrien ULiege; Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege; Heinesch, Bernard ULiege et al

Poster (2017, October 20)

Field measurements in the ICOS program are spatially limited whereas the monitored gas fluxes may have a large footprint. Aerial remote sensing has the advantage to monitor large areas. The main goal of ... [more ▼]

Field measurements in the ICOS program are spatially limited whereas the monitored gas fluxes may have a large footprint. Aerial remote sensing has the advantage to monitor large areas. The main goal of our research was to test the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to upscale parameters monitored through the ICOS program. In this study, we specifically focus on above-ground biomass (AGB) monitoring in a winter wheat crop. We used a octocopter drone (X frame type) to acquire a time series over the crop growing season (8 flights from the 14th of February 2017 to the 7th of July 2017) of multispectral imagery covering the ICOS candidate station of Lonzée (Wallonia, Belgium) and the surrounding field crop areas (ca. 0.25 km² per flight). The multispectral camera provides spectral information on the green (550 +/- 50 nm), red (660 +/- 50 nm), near infrared (735 +/- 50 nm) and red-edge (790 +/- 10 nm) wavelengths bands. The UAV also brought an off-the-shelf high resolution (20 Mpx) RGB camera to derive accurate 3D data. We performed a photogrammetric 3D reconstruction of the acquired imagery for every flight survey. The images provided by the RGB sensor (Sony RX100) were used to produce a high spatial resolution Digital Surface Model (0.05 m) and the images acquired by the multispectral sensor were used to derive reflectance maps (0.1 m) in the four wavelengths bands. The four reflectance layers were combined to produce two straight-forward vegetation indices (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index and Green NDVI). The photogrammetric DSM’s were combined to a LiDAR Digital Terrain Model (public database, survey in winter 2013) to produce Crop Height Models (CHM) of the study area. We used multiple linear regressions modelling in order to predict the AGB of the field crop monitored by the ICOS station of Lonzée with UAV imagery. AGB=a+b*GNDVI+c*NDVI+d *CHM The field crop data were provided by the ICOS program and by field research conducted in experimental field crops close to the flux tower. The field sampling consisted in destructive samples of the crop which were weighted after drying. For each field sample, an associated area was computed based on the outdistance sowing and the number of sampled crops in order to compute an AGB per area unit (t / Ha). Each AGB field estimation was associated to the closest flight date to build a multi date model presenting good performances (r² = 0.85, RMSE = 2.3 t/Ha). We used the same modelling approach to adjust a single date model to derive a predicted AGB map for the 7th of July. The performance of the single date model is lower but still highlights the biomass variation within the crop (r² = 0.71, RMSE = 1.9 t/Ha). The predicted AGB map displays a high spatial heterogeneity with some spatial patterns. Locally low AGB values are found along two old pedestrian whereas higher AGB values can be associated to areas which were sprayed twice (in-between two tractor tracks). Our results highlight the potential of UAV multispectral imagery to monitor the AGB variation within the footprint of the flux tower and highlight the need for repeated field sampling with a precise geolocation to improve the matching between the flight and the field surveys. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of large trees in the biomass production of heterogeneous forest
Ligot, Gauthier ULiege; Ouedraogo; Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege et al

Poster (2017, September)

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See detailImagerie très haute résolution en agriculture: potentialité de la technologie drone
Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

Ces dix dernières années, l’émergence des drones civils ouvre de nouvelles perspectives dans divers domaines tels que la logistique, le secourisme, les médias, la foresterie et l'agriculture. Dans le ... [more ▼]

Ces dix dernières années, l’émergence des drones civils ouvre de nouvelles perspectives dans divers domaines tels que la logistique, le secourisme, les médias, la foresterie et l'agriculture. Dans le cadre de cette présentation, nous ferons le point sur le potentiel qu’offrent les images acquises par drone au niveau du secteur agricole et forestier. La réponse spectrale des plantes au rayonnement solaire sera abordée, les capteurs spectraux pour drones seront ensuite présentés ainsi que les différentes plateformes drone. Finalement, nous verrons le type d’information qui peut être extrait de ces images spectrales à partir de cas d’études agronomiques et forestiers. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat is the importance of large trees to biomass productivity in heterogeneous forests?
Ligot, Gauthier ULiege; Ouedraogo, Dakis-Yaoba ULiege; Gourlet, Sylvie et al

Conference (2017)

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See detailThe role of large trees in the biomass production of heterogeous forest
Ligot, Gauthier ULiege; Gourlet-Fleury; Ouedraogo, Dakis-Yaoba ULiege et al

Poster (2017)

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See detailCaractérisation des forêts à l’aide de la technologie lidar
Michez, Adrien ULiege; Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege; Bonnet, Stéphanie ULiege et al

in Baghdadi, Nicolas; Zribi, Mehrez (Eds.) Observation des Surfaces Continentales par Télédétection: Agriculture et Forêt (2016)

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See detailBiomasse et stocks de carbone des forêts tropicales africaines (synthèse bibliographique)
Loubota Panzou, Grâce Jopaul ULiege; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULiege; Loumeto, Jean-Joël et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement (2016), 20(4), 508-522

Introduction. Quantifying the biomass and carbon stocks contained in tropical forests has become an international priority for the implementation of the REDD+ mechanism. Forest biomass is estimated at ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Quantifying the biomass and carbon stocks contained in tropical forests has become an international priority for the implementation of the REDD+ mechanism. Forest biomass is estimated at three successive levels: the tree, the stand and the region level. This paper reviews the state of the art regarding the estimation of biomass and carbon stocks in tropical African forests. Literature. This review highlights the fact that very few allometric equations, equations used for estimating the biomass of the tree using non-destructive measurements (diameter, height), have been established for tropical African forests. At the stand level, the review highlights the spatial and temporal variations in biomass between forest types in Central and Eastern Africa. While biomass recovery after a disturbance (logging, for instance) is rather quick, a great deal of uncertainty still remains regarding the spatial variation in biomass, and there is no consensus on a regional biomass map. The quality of biomass mapping in tropical Africa strongly depends on the type of remotely-sensed data being used (optical, RADAR or LIDAR), and the allometric equation used to convert forest inventory data into biomass. Conclusions. Based on the lack of precision of the available allometric equations and forest inventory data and the large spatial scale involved, many uncertainties persist in relation to the estimation of the biomass and carbon stocks contained in African tropical forests. [less ▲]

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See detailTerrestrial photogrammetry: a non-destructive method for modelling irregularly shaped tropical tree trunks
Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege; Fayolle, Adeline ULiege; Gourlet-Fleury, Sylvie et al

in Methods in Ecology and Evolution (2016)

1. Irregularly shaped trees including trees with buttresses, flutes or stilt roots are frequent in tropical forests. The lack of an international standard tomeasure the diameter of such trees leads to ... [more ▼]

1. Irregularly shaped trees including trees with buttresses, flutes or stilt roots are frequent in tropical forests. The lack of an international standard tomeasure the diameter of such trees leads to high uncertainties in biomass estimation, tree growth and carbon budget monitoring. 2. In this study, we developed a new method based on terrestrial close-range photogrammetry for measuring andmodelling irregular stems. This approach is cheap and easy to implement in the field as it only requires a camera and a graduated rod. We validated the approach with destructive cross-sectionmeasurements along the stem of three buttressed trees. To demonstrate the broader utility of this method, we extended the validated approach to 43 additional trees belonging to two species: Celtis mildbraedii (Ulmaceae) and Entandophragma cylindricum (Meliaceae). Based on the three dimensional models, we computed shape indices for each tree, and we analysed the stem morphology of the two species. Finally, we analysed some standardized predictors for the estimation of above-ground biomass. 3. We found a high concordance between diameters derived from the photogrammetric process and destructive diameter measurements along the stem for the three calibration trees. We found that C. mildbraedii develop much stronger irregularities than E. cylindricum.We also identified a large intraspecific variation in trunk morphology for E. cylindricum. The basal area at 1 3 mheight (Darea130) seems to be amore robust predictor for biomass estimates (lowest Akaike information criterion and relative squared error) than diameter measured above buttresses (DAB) or diameter at breast height estimated from available taper model. Finally, Darea130 might be estimated with a good precision [root mean square error (RMSE) < 5%] with linear model based on the field measurements DABand the perimeter of the convex hull of the buttresses at 1 3 mheight (Dconvhull130). 4. In this study, we showed the high potential of the photogrammetry for measuring and modelling irregular stems. Photogrammetry could then be used as a non-destructivemeasurement tool to produce correction factors for standardizing the diameter of irregular stems at a reference height which is a key issue in tree growthmonitoring and biomass change estimation. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of Forests with LiDAR Technology
Michez, Adrien ULiege; Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege; Bonnet, Stéphanie ULiege et al

in Baghdadi, Nicolas; Zribi, Mehrez (Eds.) Land Surface Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Forest (2016)

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See detailForest Inventory with Terrestrial LiDAR: A Comparison of Static and Hand-Held Mobile Laser Scanning
Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege; Bartholomeus, Harm; Calders, Kim et al

in Forests (2016), 7(6), 127

The application of static terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) in forest inventories is becoming more effective. Nevertheless, the occlusion effect is still limiting the processing efficiency to extract ... [more ▼]

The application of static terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) in forest inventories is becoming more effective. Nevertheless, the occlusion effect is still limiting the processing efficiency to extract forest attributes. The use of a mobile laser scanner (MLS) would reduce this occlusion. In this study, we assessed and compared a hand-held mobile laser scanner (HMLS) with two TLS approaches (single scan: SS, and multi scan: MS) for the estimation of several forest parameters in a wide range of forest types and structures. We found that SS is competitive to extract the ground surface of forest plots, while MS gives the best result to describe the upper part of the canopy. The whole cross-section at 1.3 m height is scanned for 91% of the trees (DBH > 10 cm) with the HMLS leading to the best results for DBH estimates (bias of 0.08 cm and RMSE of 1.11 cm), compared to no fully-scanned trees for SS and 42% fully-scanned trees for MS. Irregularities, such as bark roughness and non-circular cross-section may explain the negative bias encountered for all of the scanning approaches. The success of using MLS in forests will allow for 3D structure acquisition on a larger scale and in a time-efficient manner. [less ▲]

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See detailTaller trees, denser stands and greater biomass in semi-deciduous than in evergreen lowland central African forests
Fayolle, Adeline ULiege; Loubota Panzou, Grâce Jopaul ULiege; Drouet, Thomas et al

in Forest Ecology and Management (2016), 374

Accurate height-diameter allometry is crucial for the estimation of forest biomass and carbon stocks. Tree height measurements over a large range of diameters and species are urgently needed in the ... [more ▼]

Accurate height-diameter allometry is crucial for the estimation of forest biomass and carbon stocks. Tree height measurements over a large range of diameters and species are urgently needed in the tropics, specifically in central Africa, for the development of locally derived height-diameter allometric equations and the conversion of forest inventory data into biomass estimates, and for the validation of remotely sensed canopy height that mostly rely on a few specific field sites. In this study, we aimed to identify the variation in height-diameter allometry of tropical trees between forest types and among species in central Africa, and we examined the consequences for biomass estimation. Height and diameter were measured for a total of 521 trees over a large range of diameters in two forest types in southern Cameroon, 10–240 cm in the evergreen forest and 11–182 cm in the semi-deciduous forest. A total of ten allometric models including asymptotic and non-asymptotic models were fitted to the heightdiameter data. Measured tree diameters, grouped into 10 cm wide diameter classes up to 150, from commercial forest inventory data (0.5 ha plots, n = 2101 and n = 5152, respectively in the evergreen and in the semi-deciduous forests) were converted into biomass estimates using general allometric models with and without including our site-specific height-diameter allometry. Though debated in the literature, our results supported a saturation of tree height with tree diameter both at site and species level, with asymptotic models better depicting the height-diameter allometry. Height-diameter allometry significantly differed between forest types and these local height-diameter equations also differed from published equations. For a given diameter, trees tended to be taller in the semi-deciduous forest than in the evergreen forest, as already reported between moist and wet forests in pantropical studies. Similar trends were reported within species for the three species shared by both forest types, suggesting an environmental control of tree allometry. Because of the low performance of the bioclimatic stress variable to predict tree height and of the slight soil differences between the two forest types, the environmental determinants of height-diameter allometry remain to be explored. In addition to tree allometry variation, structural differences (basal area and density) were also identified between the two forest types using commercial forest inventory data at genus level, and both allometry and forest structure (taller trees and denser stands) contributed to the greater biomass per hectare of the semi-deciduous forest. [less ▲]

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See detailTerrestrial photogrammetry: A non-destructive method for modeling irregularly shaped tropical tree trunks
Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege; Fayolle, Adeline ULiege; Gourlet-Fleury, Sylvie et al

Computer development (2016)

1. Irregularly shaped trees including trees with buttresses, flutes or stilt roots are frequent in tropical forests. The lack of an international standard to measure the diameter of such trees leads to ... [more ▼]

1. Irregularly shaped trees including trees with buttresses, flutes or stilt roots are frequent in tropical forests. The lack of an international standard to measure the diameter of such trees leads to high uncertainties in biomass estimation, tree growth and carbon budget monitoring. 2. In this study, we developed a new method based on terrestrial close range photogrammetry for measuring and modeling irregular stems. This approach is cheap and easy to implement in the field as it only requires a camera and a graduated rod. We validated the approach with destructive cross section measurements along the stem of three buttressed trees. To demonstrate the broader utility of this method, we extended the validated approach to 43 additional trees belonging to two species: Celtis mildbraedii (Ulmaceae) and Entandophragma cylindricum (Meliaceae). Based on the 3D models, we computed shape indices for each tree, and we analyzed the stem morphology of the two species. Finally, we analyzed some standardized predictors for the estimation of above-ground biomass. 3. We found a high concordance between diameters derived from the photogrammetric process and destructive diameter measurements along the stem for the three calibration trees. We found that C. mildbraedii develop much stronger irregularities than E. cylindricum. We also identified a large intra-specific variation in trunk morphology for E. cylindricum. The basal area at 1.3m height (Darea130), seems to be a more robust predictor for biomass estimates (lowest AIC and RSE) than diameter measured above buttresses (DAB) or DBH estimated from available taper model. Finally, Darea130 might be estimated with a good precision (RMSE < 5 %) with linear model based on the field measurements DAB and the perimeter of the convex hull of the buttresses at 1.3 m height (Dconvhull130). 4. In this study, we showed the high potential of the photogrammetry for measuring and modeling irregular stems. Photogrammetry could then be used as a non destructive measurement tool to produce correction factors for standardizing the diameter of irregular stems at a reference height which is a key issue in tree growth monitoring and biomass change estimation. [less ▲]

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See detailFiches techniques de mesure de la biomasse
Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege; Fayolle, Adeline ULiege; Dubiez, Emilien et al

Report (2015)

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See detailA novel procedure to measure shrinkage-free tree-rings from very large wood samples combining photogrammetry, high-resolution image processing, and GIS tools
Latte, Nicolas ULiege; Beeckman, Hans; Bauwens, Sébastien ULiege et al

in Dendrochronologia (2015), 34

We present a new procedure for wood sampling and tree-ring measurement that can be used for dendrochronological investigation on very large trees, specifically adapted for tropical rainforest species ... [more ▼]

We present a new procedure for wood sampling and tree-ring measurement that can be used for dendrochronological investigation on very large trees, specifically adapted for tropical rainforest species. This procedure takes advantage of the technological developments in computing, image processing, and geographic information systems (GIS) to overcome the technical limitations of the currently used methods. Two types of wood samples can be used (stem disks and/or bars) depending on tree diameter, and the difficulty of ring delineation and crossdating. Bars are an effective compromise between cores and disks. We developed an application combining several programs (Excel, R, ArcGIS, and MapWinGIS) in the Windows operating system for semi-automatic measurement of tree-rings from high-resolution images of the sanded cross-section. Using an innovative method to reverse the wood shrinkage resulting from the drying process, tree-ring measurement can be performed on shrinkage-free images, thus referring to the actual growth of the tree. [less ▲]

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