Question: Can we use a color calibration reference card to calculate absolute values for DIY NDVI?

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warren asked on October 27, 2017 20:18
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As part of the Infragram project, folks across Public Lab are taking their own DIY multispectral photos to assess plant health. But this work is largely comparative -- since we're using modified consumer cameras, we don't usually know if they're more or less sensitive in one color channel vs. another.

That means we compare imagery, but don't assume that we have an "absolute" measure of NDVI that we can compare across cameras, or in very different lighting conditions.

Anyhow, I've seen some great work by @nedhorning trying to use a standard color reference calibration card to calculate the absolute NDVI, and enable comparisons across different cameras or lighting conditions. How does this work?

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There's a fantastic amount of great information and guidance on this topic by @nedhorning at:


Title Author Updated Likes
Comparing different filters for making NDVI images using the calibration plugin @nedhorning almost 3 years ago
Introducing the calibration plugin for ImageJ/Fiji @nedhorning almost 3 years ago
Automating NDVI calibration @nedhorning about 3 years ago
Using a RAW image to calibrate a JPEG image @nedhorning about 4 years ago
Improved DIY NIR camera calibration @nedhorning about 4 years ago
Calibrating DIY NIR cameras - part 3 @nedhorning over 4 years ago
Calibrating DIY NIR cameras – part 2 @nedhorning over 4 years ago

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