Physiological interpretation of a hyperspectral time series in a citrus orchard
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Stuckens, J., Dzikiti, S.; Verstraeten, W.W.; Verreynne, S.; Swennen, R.; Coppin, P. -2011-Physiological interpretation of a hyperspectral time series in a citrus orchard-Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 151-p. 1002-1015
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Hyperspectral remote sensing for monitoring horticultural production systems requires the understanding of how plant physiology, canopy structure, management and solar elevation affect the retrieved canopy reflectance during different stages of the phenological cycle. Hence, the objective of this study was to set up and to interpret a hyperspectral time series for a mature and healthy citrus orchard in the Western Cape province of South Africa considering these effects. Based on the remotely sensed data, biophysical parameters at the canopy level were derived and related to known observed physiological and phenological changes at the leaf level and to orchard management. Fractions of mature fruit, flowers, and sunburnt leaves were considered, and indices related to canopy structure chlorophyll content and canopy water status were calculated.