A New Technology to Detect Internal Warning Indicators of Stressed Trees

Geocarto Tree Monitoring System (GTMS) 

reveals the following conditions

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Interpretation and Analysis

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A New Technology......

This new technology reveals tree stress caused by biotic and abiotic factors, but it is not designed to diagnose the cause of the stress, which has to be investigated in the field.

It is based on variation in chlorophyll content and degradation of leaf cellular structure. These symptoms are not discernible externally.

Such internal waning indicators are shown before any external signs can be observed. Hence they provide objective and early information to assist arborists and tree management teams to carry out remedial measures expeditiously.

Internal Warning Indicators

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Implication of the Internal Warning Indicators

Spectral Reflectance: A New Technology......

Integrated Approach: Tree Stress Monitoring

A White Paper Published by DigitalGlobe

Tree Structural Condition & Spectral Reflectance

GTMS

Geocarto Tree Monitoring System (GTMS) is based on satellite remote sensing technology. It uses high resolution satellite data collected by WorldView-2 and WorldView-3 of 2 m and 1.2 m multi-spectral resolution respectively. These satellites were launched by DigitalGlobe on October 8, 2009 (WV-2) and on August 13, 2014 (WV-3). Resolution refers to the pixel dimension of the image. If a tree canopy is covered by 4 pixels, we can effectively monitor that tree.

Our system generates spectral reflectance curves from these pixels which have been specially calibrated with DigitalGlobe's proprietary algorithm called AComp (Atmospheric Compensation). It automatically measures and compensates for atmospheric variability from pixel to pixel within a scene to ensure consistent and reliable result.

We use “lossless” pansharpening process to fuse panchromatic data of 50 cm – 30 cm resolution with multispectral data of 2 m – 1.2 m resolution collected by WorldView-2 and WorldView-3 satellites respectively.  This lossless pansharpening technique will retain the fidelity of the original data without losing the spectral information content from each pixel for spectral reflectance analysis.  In fact, 50 cm – 30cm is the highest satellite imagery resolution commercially available at present.

 
 

Trees

Spectral reflectance analysis is designed to monitor an individual tree instead of a forest. Different tree species show different variation in spectral reflectance. We therefore compare the spectral reflectance of the same tree in the same month or same season of different years for which satellite data are available. As WorldView-2 and WorldView-3 high resolution satellites have collected global data since the launch dates, we can review the changes in health condition of an individual tree retrospectively.

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(AComp data and "Lossless" pansharpened data)

Satellite

Resolution

Number of Bands

Cost of satellite data per km

Data cost

Name

WorldView-2

WorldView-3

Company

DigitalGlobe, Inc

Launch Date

2009-10-8

2014-8-13

Coverage

Satellite data of 60km x 60km to cover the whole HKSAR can be acquired in a single pass

Panchromatic

50 cm

8 Multispectral

2.0 m

30 cm

1.20 m

More than 90 days

US$ 19 (8 bands)

Less than 90 days

US$ 29 (8 bands)

US$ 24 (8 bands)

US$ 34 (8 bands)

Geocarto is the sole reseller of WorldView-2 & WorldView-3 satellite data in Hong Kong and Macau.

Contact Us

Geocarto International Centre Ltd.
Room 1302, 13/F, Trend Centre,
29-31 Cheung Lee Street,

Chai Wan, Hong Kong

 

Tel.:        (852) 2546 4262
Email:    geocarto@geocarto.com

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