M o r p h o m e t r i c

"Morphometric information" refers to a set of parameters describing the spatial structure and shape of individual objects. In the case of rainforest trees, this means the shape and size of the canopy, or leaves or clumps of leaves. Just like a beginning student of botany, a computer program can be trained to recognize individual tree species according to shape and other key characteristics of the leaves. As an example, the following three images illustrate three different species of tropical trees with distinctly different leaf shapes. Think about how you, as a human, would describe the differences in characteristic shapes (spiky, rounded, etc.) if you were trying to be as clear as possible in your definition.

Species 1

Species 1

Species 2

Species 2

Species 3

Species 3

Remote Sensing: Seeing the Forest and the Trees

  Spatial Resolution
  Spectral Information
  Morphometric Information
  Tree Phenology
  Jungle Tower