EcolChange seminar: Jan Pisek about leaf angle distribution and if it can be considered a species-specific trait

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange

Speaker: Dr. Jan Pisek is an Associate Professor in Remote Sensing at Tartu Observatory, University of Tartu. His research interests include field- and space-based multi-spectral and multi-angle optical remote sensing, biophysical parameter and vegetation structure mapping.

Title of the talk: Can leaf angle distribution be considered a species-specific trait?

Time: Thursday, 6 May 2021 at 14.15

Place: Virtual seminar in Zoom

Summary: The leaf angle distribution is a key parameter in models useful for understanding the forest canopy processes of photosynthesis, evapotranspiration, radiation transmission, and spectral reflectance. The difficulty in measuring leaf angle distribution has limited exploration of its species-specific phenology and variation across environmental gradients and often causes it to be one of the most poorly constrained model parameters. In my presentation, I will try to provide an answer if (or to what extent) leaf angle distribution can be considered a species-specific trait. 

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