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Imagerie radar en ondes millimétriques appliquée à la viticulture

Dominique Henry 1
1 LAAS-MINC - Équipe MIcro et Nanosystèmes pour les Communications sans fil
LAAS - Laboratoire d'analyse et d'architecture des systèmes
Abstract : With the expansion of farm operations, the principle of homogeneity of crop yields (cereals, fruits …) becomes less and less relevant. This observation of spatial variabilities implies economic and environmental consequences with the development of new arrangements of agricultural works such as “site-specific management”. Treatments such as fertilizers, nutrients and pesticides must be used differently by applying them at the right time, right place and right rate. This new way to think the agriculture is called precision agriculture (PA) and gathers four technological fields: (i) remote sensing, (ii) navigation and guidance, (iii) data management and (iv) variable-rate technologies. Precision viticulture (PV) is an application of PA which was initiated in the late 90’s and is characterized by issues specific to viticulture. Work carried out during this thesis is a direct application of remote sensing (or proximal sensing) applied to PV. It focuses on a new method of remote sensing of grapes quantity (mass or volume) directly on vine plants. Estimating the quantity of grapes several weeks before harvesting offers many advantages with qualitative and economic impacts such as: (i) improving the yield / quality ratio with an early removal of a part of the harvest, (ii) optimizing human resources and equipment during the grape harvest, and (iii) be fairly compensated by insurances in case of severe weather conditions that damaged the vine plants. The method proposed here relies on microwave imagery (24 GHz and higher) generated by a FM-CW radar. It implies the set-up of ground-based remote reading system for a plant-by-plant intra-parcel analysis and particularly: (i) evaluating the measurement accuracy, precision and limits of the system, (ii) developing specific algorithms in order to analyze three-dimensional volume data, (iii) building statistical estimators for retrieving the volume of grapes and finally (iv) analyzing data acquired during field measurements. Because of the seasonality of the grape harvest, measurements are firstly performed on canonic targets, variable loads and passive sensors in laboratory. To enlighten the flexibility of the radar interrogation technique, the same system is also used as part of the regional project PRESTIGE to remotely count the number of apples on trees in orchards. This work has been funding by the company Ovalie-Innovation and the ANRT (Agence Nationale de la Recherche Technologique).
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Dominique Henry. Imagerie radar en ondes millimétriques appliquée à la viticulture. Micro et nanotechnologies/Microélectronique. Institut national polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT), 2018. Français. ⟨tel-02137548⟩

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