LaiPen LP 100 – a new device for estimating forest ecosystem leaf area index compared to the etalon: A methodologic case studyČerný J., Krejza J., Pokorný R., Bednář P. (2018): LaiPen LP 100 – a new device for estimating forest ecosystem leaf area index compared to the etalon: A methodologic case study. J. For. Sci., 64: 455-468.
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Fast and precise leaf area index (LAI) estimation of a forest stand is frequently needed for a wide range of ecological studies. In the presented study, we compared side-by-side two instruments for performing LAI estimation (i.e. LaiPen LP 100 as a “newly developed device” and LAI-2200 PCA as the “world standard”), both based on indirect optical methods for performing LAI estimation in pure Norway spruce (Picea abies (Linnaeus) H. Karsten) stands under different thinning treatments. LAI values estimated by LaiPen LP 100 were approximate 5.8% lower compared to those measured by LAI-2200 PCA when averaging all collected data regardless of the thinning type. Nevertheless, when we considered the differences among LAI values at each measurement point within a regular grid, LaiPen LP 100 overestimated LAI values compared to those from LAI-2200 PCA on average by 1.4%. Therefore, both instruments are comparable. Similar LAI values between thinning from above (A) and thinning from below (B) approaches were indirectly detected by both instruments. The highest values of canopy production index and leaf area efficiency were observed within the stand thinned from above (plot A).

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