IMPACT OF LEVEL OF DETAILS IN THE 3D RECONSTRUCTION OF TREES FOR MICROCLIMATE MODELING
- 1ICube Laboratory UMR 7357, University of Strasbourg, CNRS, INSA Strasbourg, France
- 2PIAF Laboratory, UMR547 University Blaise Pascal, INRA Clermont-Ferrand, France
Keywords: Urban climate, Trees, Terrestrial laser scanner, Point cloud, 3D reconstruction, Leaves, Evapotranspiration, Level of details
Abstract. In the 21st century, urban areas undergo specific climatic conditions like urban heat islands which frequency and intensity increase over the years. Towards the understanding and the monitoring of these conditions, vegetation effects on urban climate are studied. It appears that a natural phenomenon, the evapotranspiration of trees, generates a cooling effect in urban environment. In this work, a 3D microclimate model is used to quantify the evapotranspiration of trees in relation with their architecture, their physiology and the climate. These three characteristics are determined with field measurements and data processing. Based on point clouds acquired with terrestrial laser scanner (TLS), the 3D reconstruction of the tree wood architecture is performed. Then the 3D reconstruction of leaves is carried out from the 3D skeleton of vegetative shoots and allometric statistics. With the aim of extending the simulation on several trees simultaneously, it is necessary to apply the 3D reconstruction process on each tree individually. However, as well for the acquisition as for the processing, the 3D reconstruction approach is time consuming. Mobile laser scanners could provide point clouds in a faster way than static TLS, but this implies a lower point density. Also the processing time could be shortened, but under the assumption that a coarser 3D model is sufficient for the simulation. In this context, the criterion of level of details and accuracy of the tree 3D reconstructed model must be studied. In this paper first tests to assess their impact on the determination of the evapotranspiration are presented.