Development of a Miniaturized Mobile Mapping System for In-Row, Under-Canopy Phenotyping

Raja Manish, Yi-Chun Lin, Radhika Ravi, Seyyed Meghdad Hasheminasab, Tian Zhou, Ayman Habib
2021 Remote Sensing  
This paper focuses on the development of a miniaturized mobile mapping platform with advantages over current agricultural phenotyping systems in terms of acquiring data that facilitate under-canopy plant trait extraction. The system is based on an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for in-row, under-canopy data acquisition to deliver accurately georeferenced 2D and 3D products. The paper addresses three main aspects pertaining to the UGV development: (a) architecture of the UGV mobile mapping system
more » ... (MMS), (b) quality assessment of acquired data in terms of georeferencing information as well as derived 3D point cloud, and (c) ability to derive phenotypic plant traits using data acquired by the UGV MMS. The experimental results from this study demonstrate the ability of the UGV MMS to acquire dense and accurate data over agricultural fields that would facilitate highly accurate plant phenotyping (better than above-canopy platforms such as unmanned aerial systems and high-clearance tractors). Plant centers and plant count with an accuracy in the 90% range have been achieved.
doi:10.3390/rs13020276 fatcat:i53e5dogybhiphthwbvipfmsfu