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Daily Evolution of the Insect Biomass Spectrum in an Agricultural Landscape Accessed with Lidar

  • Mikkel Brydegaard
  • Alem Gebru
  • Carsten Kirkeby
  • Susanne Åkesson
  • Henrik Smith
Publishing year: 2016-06-07
Language: English
Publication/Series: EPJ Web of Conferences
Volume: 119
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: EDP Sciences

Abstract english

We present measurements of atmospheric insect fauna intercepted by a static lidar transect over arable and pastoral land over one day. We observe nearly a quarter million of events which are calibrated to optical cross section. Biomass spectra are derived from the size distribution and presented against space and time. We discuss detection limits and instrument biasing, and we relate the insect observations to relevant ecological landscape features and land use. Future directions and improvements of the technique are also outlined.


  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
  • Ecology


  • ISSN: 2100-014X
Susanne Åkesson
E-mail: susanne [dot] akesson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


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