Difference between revisions of "Foliage height calculation model (Heat Overlay)"

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==See also==
* [[How_to_adjust_the_foliage_height_and_crown_factor|How to adjust the foliage height and crown factor]]
* [[Foliage_result_type_(Heat_Overlay)|Foliage (result type)]]
* [[Foliage_result_type_(Heat_Overlay)|Foliage (result type)]]
* [[FAQ_Foliage_Heat_(Overlay)|Foliage FAQ]]
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Revision as of 10:56, 2 December 2019

Knowing where foliage is present and at what height it is situated for each grid cell of a Heat Overlay is important and used in the Shade and Skyview calculation models.

The Foliage Height for each grid cell can be determined in three ways:

  • By supplying the areas which each hold the height of foliage for the whole polygon of a particular area.
  • By supplying a geotiff which holds the foliage heights as a grid.
  • By using the foliage functions and their height and foliage crown factor function value.

The mentioned options are currently exclusive; Only one option will determine the foliage height and they currently cannot be combined.

It depends on the available data and the use case which option you will choose as a user. When developing future scenarios in which other users can add foliage to unknown location, it is advised to use the Foliage crown factor option.


The foliage height is rasterized using the grid rasterization algorithm when the foliage height is obtained from areas or geotiffs. In case the foliage height is determined using the foliage crown factor, it works as followed:

  1. For each grid cell, the foliage diameter is calculated by multiplying the foliage height with the foliage crown factor.
  2. This diameter and foliage height is stored for each grid cell.
  3. For each grid cell i, each surrounding cell j within a search range of 100 meters is checked for a foliage height.
  4. In case the foliage height > 0, and the grid cell i is within range of the foliage diameter of cell j, the calculated foliage height for cell i is based on the distance from the center of the tree and a linear declining foliage height. The linear decline is 1:1 and currently cannot be set to a different decline. See the image below.
  5. The maximum foliage height is eventually stored as the foliage height of that cell.
  6. Additionally, the Bowen ratio is set to 0.4 and the vegetation fraction is set to 1.

Foliage crown factor.pngFoliage top.png


  • The decline of the foliage height cannot be changed, it will always be linear. There are options to expand and improve this in the future.
  • As noted above, the vegetation fraction and Bowen ratio are also changed when the foliage height is set to a positive height. This means it is also set when a geotiff or areas are used to set the foliage height.

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