Fast determination of light availability and leaf area index in tropical forests

@inproceedings{Cournac2002FastDO,
  title={Fast determination of light availability and leaf area index in tropical forests},
  author={Laurent Cournac and Paul lez Durance},
  year={2002}
}
An important property of plant communities is the Leaf Area Index (LAI), which is the vertically integrated surface of leaves per unit of ground area. Leaves are the primary sites of photosynthesis and transpiration, thus the LAI, which conditions the light interception by the canopy, is directly related to carbon and water exchange with the atmosphere at the stand scale (McNaughton & Jarvis 1983). LAI also has an impact on tree growth through the interception of light. Light availability below… CONTINUE READING