Cosmic Ray Neutron Sensing: Estimation of Agricultural Crop Biomass Water Equivalent

Cosmic Ray Neutron Sensing: Estimation of Agricultural Crop Biomass Water Equivalent

by Ammar Wahbi, Lee Heng, Gerd Dercon

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This open access book provides methods for the estimation of Biomass Water Equivalent (BEW), an essential step for improving the accuracy of area-wide soil moisture by cosmic-ray neutron sensors (CRNS). Three techniques are explained in detail: (i) traditional in-situ destructive sampling, (ii) satellite based remote sensing of plant surfaces, and (iii) biomass estimation via the use of the CRNS itself. The advantages and disadvantages of each method are discussed along with step by step instructions on proper procedures and implementation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319695389
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 04/06/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 33
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

2. In-Situ Destructive Sampling; A. Wahbi and W. Avery
2.1 The Concept of Representivity
2.2 Plant Sampling Pattern and Design
2.3 Biomass Water Equivalent
2.4 Conclusions
3. Remote Sensing via Satellite Imagery Analysis; W. Avery
3.1 Photo-Reflective Properties of Plants
3.2 Satellite Image Analysis
3.3 Conclusions
4. Estimate of Biomass Water Equivalent via the Cosmic Ray Neutron Sensor; T.E. Franz, A. Wahbi and W. Avery
4.1 The role of Biomass in the CRNS Calibration
4.2 Relationship between Neutrons and Crop Biomass
4.3 Dire4ct Relationship between Neutrons and Biomass
4.4 Conclusions

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