Ground based light sensors

Marsh Canopy Leaf Area and Orientation Calculated for Improved Marsh Structure Mapping

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The typical assessment of vegetation condition focuses on the relative proportion of living and dead material, which provides no information on the key element of vegetation structure (i.e., density and orientation). Canopy structure information is critical for monitoring ecosystem status and trends, and is essential in climate, weather, and ecological studies. A three-dimensional description of canopy structure improves water flow estimates, advances optical condition and change mapping, and advances fire burn dynamics and emission projections.