Abstract

A theory of light relations in plant canopies is presented which has potential applications in remote sensing and photosynthetic modeling of plant canopies. Predictions of the model are compared with field measurements of light reflection and transmission in a corn crop. Both reflection at the top of the canopy and transmission at the bottom are predicted within 1% of the measured values. Profiles connecting these upper and lower limits are equally well approximated. Variations in the predictions with altitude angle of the sun are confirmed by the observation of several investigators.

© 1970 Optical Society of America

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