VegMeasure: Image Processing Software for Grassland Vegetation Monitoring
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Vegetative inventories, whether they are agronomic, ecologic, range, or forestry, often measure plant cover. Vegetation cover is a fundamental parameter in many studies of plant ecology. It is used to measure the surface of the ground exposed to the direct impact of rain drops, sunlight and it is also used to monitor changes in vegetation structure over time. VegMeasure®, an image processing software, was developed to monitor vegetation cover over a period of time, through utilizing green leaf and brightness algorithms as well as K-means classifications. This study demonstrates that digital image processing of vegetation can be fast and affordable, through creating a permanent digital record that can be revisited over time.
KeywordsImage processing Digital camera Central Asia Arid environment Rangelands
This study was supported by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), the VegMeasure project and the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock (CRP Livestock).
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