Pixel weed search
A single 20 megapixel photo has 20 million pixels. An orthomosaic image over a large area can be made up of thousands of photos – that’s a lot of pixels! We can automate a search of all these pixels looking for the colours of target weeds.
This method might not find the last weed in an area, but it is a powerful visual aid to focus attention on weeds that may not be seen in a visual grid search. It can significantly speed up the process of detecting weeds.
Royal fern (Osmunda regalis) has a reddy-brown colour in autumn and becomes more visibly distinctive from raupo which turns white. This provides a great opportunity to use colour analysis techniques.