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Real-Time Tree-Foliage Surface Estimation Using a Ground Laser Scanner

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The optimization of most pesticide and fertilizer applications is based on overall grove conditions. In this paper, we propose a measurement system to estimate the foliage surface of a tree crop. The system is based on a ground laser scanner that estimates the volume of the trees and then extrapolates their leaf area using simple and fast algorithms to allow true real-time operation. Tests with pear trees demonstrated that the relation between the volume and the foliage can be interpreted as linear with a coefficient of correlation (R) of 0.81, and the foliage surface can be estimated from this volume with an average error less than 6%.

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Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:56 ,  Issue: 4 )