EMERGING VEGETATION MONITORING TECH


One of BITNET's goals is to facilitate and encourage the integration of physiological dimensions in environmental monitoring. This effort includes research and development of new instrumentation for sensing physiologic perturbations induced in vegetation by changes in its environment. The picture below represents diurnal oscillations in the sap ion conductance.

   Circadian rhythms in a tree. End of summer and beginning of autumn. Each spike corresponds to 24 h (1994 )   

Such data might be vital in understanding both our environment and the impact of environmental changes on our society.
(see also bio-transducers)


  BITNET - ROSA - ASI INITIATIVE on AUTOMATIC VEGETATION MONITORING NETWORKS (1996)

This technology demonstration project is focussing on the definition of a geo-referenced automatic ground truth facility for vegetation observation applications development. The facility is thought to be a network of local field data acquisition units, each of them having four main components:

The acquisition units will be connected to a satellite communication network in order to provide local data for different user communities.

Main applications:

  1. geodetically positioned environmental monitoring
  2. data calibration services
  3. satellite data-based EO applications development

( ROSA: Romanian Space Agency; ASI: Italian Space Agency )



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Revised: August 05 1998