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FLIR Systems has published a new application note that describes how scientists at the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Canberra (Australia) used a FLIR A645sc thermal imaging camera to capture and record thermal distributions and variations in crop canopies.

The application note describes how the Australian researchers developed a high-resolution aerial thermography solution for the rapid measurement of crop canopy temperature in the field. The CSIRO research demonstrates how canopy temperature is a strong indicator of how well a plant is managing its water use through stomatal responses to environment conditions such as drought or salinity levels. The high resolution and high throughput capability of the HeliPod™ thermal imaging system, which incorporates the FLIR thermal imaging camera, enables small differences in temperature to be detected between plant varieties making it a powerful phenotyping tool for large-scale experiments.

Using the HeliPod™ thermal imaging system – CSIRO are screening over 500,000 plots per year with the ultimate aim of providing data to allow the development of new crop varieties more resilient to climatic changes.

The FLIR A645/A655sc are high-resolution science grade LWIR cameras designed to help engineers, researchers, and scientists see and accurately quantify thermal patterns, leakage, dissipation, and other heat-related factors in equipment, products, and processes in real time. The FLIR A645/655sc are equipped with an uncooled, maintenance free, Vanadium Oxide (VoX) microbolometer detector that produces 640 x 480 Pixels thermal images that are crisp and clear detailed images that are easy to interpret with high accuracy. The FLIR A645/655sc are able to make temperature differences as small as 30 mK clearly visible.

To download a copy of this new application note please visit http://www.flirmedia.com/flir-instruments/automation/application-stories/flir-thermal-imaging-camera-enables-scientists-to-capture-and-record-thermal-distributions-and-variations-in-crop-canopy-s.html or contact FLIR Systems in Europe on +32-3665-5100 or research@flir.com.

FLIR Systems specialises in technologies that enhance perception and awareness.  The company brings innovative sensing solutions into daily life through its thermal imaging and visible light imaging technology and systems for measurement, diagnosis, location and advanced threat detection.  Its products improve the way people interact with the world around them, enhance productivity, increase energy efficiency and make the workplace safer.

FLIR Systems has six operating segments – surveillance, instruments, OEM and emerging markets, maritime, security and finally, detection. Of these six, ‘instruments’ is of greatest interest to trade and industry and the second largest segment in the company’s portfolio. This division provides devices that image, measure and assess thermal energy, gases and other environmental elements for industrial, commercial and scientific applications.

These products are manufactured across five production sites, three in the USA and two in Europe; Sweden and Estonia.

A model to suit every application and budget
The options that FLIR Systems provides for measuring temperature and studying thermal performance have never been greater.  Not only does the company offer a huge range of models to suit all thermal application needs but the technology is also affordable and very easy to use.  Thermal cameras now come in various shapes, sizes and degrees of sophistication and FLIR continues to invest heavily in the development of new and complementary technologies to differentiate itself from competitors.

An important milestone in the development of thermal imaging has been the introduction of the FLIR Lepton® core, a micro longwave detector, the size of a mobile SIM.  This has allowed thermal imaging to be repackaged to meet the needs of an even wider audience and, in combination with another new technology called Infrared Guided Measurement – IGM™ – has led to the development of a range of test and measurement meters with imaging capability.

Another important growth area for FLIR thermal imaging is in continuous monitoring to assure quality and safety.  Through its introduction of discrete fixed mounted thermal cameras which are fully compliant industry standard plug-and-play protocols, FLIR Systems has provided industry with infrared machine vision which is instantly ready for quick and easy network installation.

Protecting assets and people from fire is an area for which thermal imaging is least known but, thanks to FLIR Systems’ development, it is now one of the most cost-effective methods available.  Its application flexibility and rapid return on investment present an attractive proposition for any site or safety manager.

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