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Plant Canopy Analysis. Gaylon S. Campbell, Ph.D. Decagon Devices and Washington State University. Radiant energy and plant canopy analysis. Why do we care about the radiation environment of plant canopies? Calculate Leaf Area Index (LAI) Crop growth stage Ecosystem health

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plant canopy analysis

Plant Canopy Analysis

Gaylon S. Campbell, Ph.D.

Decagon Devices and Washington State University

radiant energy and plant canopy analysis
Radiant energy and plant canopy analysis
  • Why do we care about the radiation environment of plant canopies?
    • Calculate Leaf Area Index (LAI)
      • Crop growth stage
      • Ecosystem health
      • Radiation use efficiency
radiant energy and plant canopy analysis1
Radiant energy and plant canopy analysis
  • Must have detailed knowledge of light environment to use photosynthesis models
  • Partitioning ET into E and T
    • Need to know fraction of energy intercepted by canopy and fraction transmitted to soil
intercepted par and biomass production
Intercepted PAR and Biomass Production
  • Cumulative intercepted photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) linearly related to total biomass production
tools for detailed analysis
Tools for detailed analysis
  • Radiation budget & view factors
    • Fisheye analysis
  • Plant canopy light environment
    • Fisheye analysis
    • Ceptometer – measures light interCEPTed by canopy
definitions
Definitions
  • Zenith angle (Ψ) – angle between sun and the zenith (vertical)
  • Transmission coefficient (τ) – fraction of sunlight transmitted through canopy to ground
  • Direct beam radiation – sunlight coming directly from sun (leaves a shadow)
  • Diffuse radiation – sunlight that has been scattered

Ψ

plant canopy light environment leaf area index lai
Plant canopy light environment -leaf area index (LAI)
  • Leaf Area Index (LAI) – One-sided surface area of leaves/surface area of soil
    • Unit area basis: m2 m-2
  • How do we measure
    • Destructive sampling
    • Light attenuation
      • Ceptometer
      • Fisheye photograph
lai destructive sampling
LAI – destructive sampling
  • Harvest leaves from 1 m2 canopyarea
  • Physically measure surface area with optical meter
  • Advantages: direct measurement
  • Disadvantages: destructive, time consuming, wilting
lai light attenuation theory
LAI-light attenuation theory

Leaf with area = a

Unit ground Area

a

a

A

a

  • t is transmission and n is the number of leaves
  • This is only true if all of the leaves are horizontal

LAI

real canopies leaves aren t all horizontal
Real canopies (leaves aren’t all horizontal)
  • Leaf angle distribution parameter (χ)
    • Describes the orientation of the leaves

spherical canopy

χ= 1

(most canopies)

vertical canopy

χ= 0

(onions < 1)

horizontal canopy

χ= ∞

(strawberries χ= 3)

extinction coefficient
Extinction coefficient
  • We can use the leaf angle distribution to determine an extinction coefficient (G) at a particular zenith angle

What does G do for us?

- allows us to relate τto LAI for any canopy, given c

what parameters do we need to calculate lai
What parameters do we need to calculate LAI?
  • Zenith angle (ψ)
    • Time and location
      • latitude and longitude
  • Canopy extinction coefficient (G)
    • Calculate from leaf angle distribution (χ) = 1 for most canopies
  • Canopy transmission coefficient (τ)
    • Estimate from fisheye image
    • Use ceptometer to measure directly
lai from ceptometers
LAI from Ceptometers
  • Measure above-canopy radiation
  • Measure below-canopy radiation
  • Meter calculates τ
lai from ceptometer
LAI from Ceptometer
  • What else does a meter need to calculate LAI?
    • Time and location (zenith angle)
    • Estimate of leaf angle distribution parameter (χ)
  • Note: LAI measurements are best without beam radiation (only diffuse radiation)
    • broken clouds are worst (changing radiation conditions)

Decagon Accupar LP-80

LI-COR LAI-2000

what is a fisheye analysis
What is a fisheye analysis?
  • Simply a projection of a hemisphere onto a plane
    • In our case, a picture is taken through a special lens that projects a full 180 degree hemisphere onto the film
what does this image allow us to do
What does this image allow us to do?
  • Determine view factors of surrounding objects
    • View factor determines radiative influence of one object on another
  • Determine light transmission coefficients through a canopy – diffuse and direct
what does this image allow us to do1
What does this image allow us to do?
  • Determine when a particular location will be in direct sunlight
  • Determine what percentage of time a location will be sunlit
  • Determine τ, LAI, and χ values
slide18
Determining view factors
  • Simplest analysis
  • Aobject is the area of the picture taken up by the object of interest
  • Atotalis the total area of the photograph
determining transmission coefficients
Determining transmission coefficients
  • Project the fisheye picture onto a grid
slide21
30

330

60

300

90 E

270 W

240

120

150

210

180 S

determining transmission coefficients1
Determining transmission coefficients
  • Visually estimate the fraction of sky visible in each grid sector (1 = full sky)
  • Average the value for each zenith angle band = τψ
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t ~ 0.05

30

t ~ 0.7

330

60

300

90 E

270 W

240

120

t = 1.00

150

210

180 S

calculating average understory radiant fluxes
Calculating average understory radiant fluxes
  • τd is the transmission coefficient for diffuse radiation
    • But, if we average over a day or longer, it approximates the total radiation transmission coefficient so:

Φbc = average radiant flux density below canopy

ST avg = average total radiation above canopy

calculating times and duration of direct beam
Calculating times and duration of direct beam
  • Plot sun path on grid
  • Segment into time steps (hours)

N

E

W

S

lai from fisheye photo
LAI from fisheye photo
  • First method
  • G58 = 0.5 for all leaf angle distributions!
  • Determine τ at ψ = 58° from fisheye photo
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LAI from fisheye photo(method 2: use solver in excel)
  • Determine τ at ψ=15, 45, and 75° from fisheye photo
  • Calculate G at each zenith angle with an arbitrary value of χ
  • Calculate new values of τ for each zenith angle using G from step 2 and an arbitrary LAI value
  • Calculate sum of squared errors between τfisheye and τarbitrary
  • Use solver to minimize SSE by adjusting arbitrary LAI and χ values
  • Results in decent estimate for both LAI and χ!
lai from fisheye photo method 3 use software package
LAI from fisheye photo(method 3: use software package)
  • HemiView software (ΔT Devices)
  • Import digitized fisheye photo
  • Software does all of the functions that we talked about doing manually
    • τ, LAI, χ
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