Cunliffe, A. et al

Allometric modelling of plant biomass from drone-acquired photographs: drone images, ground control marker coordinates and biomass data from 36 sites, 2016-2020

This dataset contains RGB photographs acquired from drone surveys. There are 741 harvest plots from 38 surveys at 36 sites around the world. Each site was approximately 1 ha in area.

Included with the photographic images are the coordinates of ground control markers, biomass, taxonomic and location data for harvest plots and ancillary metadata.

The observations can be used to obtain allometric size-biomass models.

This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council award number NE/R00062X/1 as part of the project 'Do dryland ecosystems control variability and recent trends in the land CO2 sink?'

Publication date: 2020-10-23

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You must cite: Cunliffe, A. ; Anderson, K.; Boschetti, F.; Graham, H.; Brazier, R.; Myers-Smith, I.; Astor, T.; Boer, M.; Calvo, L.; Clark, P.; Cramer, M.; Encinas-Lara, M.; Escarzaga, S.; Fernández-Guisuraga, J.; Fisher, A.; Gdulová, K.; Gillespie, B.; Griebel, A.; Hanan, N.; Hanggito, M.; Haselberger, S.; Havrilla, C.; Ji, W.; Karl, J.; Kirchhoff, M.; Kraushaar, S.; Lyons, M.; Marzolff, I.; Mauritz, M.; McIntire, C.; Metzen, D.; Méndez-Barroso, L.; Power, S.; Prošek, J.; Sanz-Ablanedo, E.; Sauer, K.; Schulze-Brüninghoff, D.; Šímová, P.; Smit, J.; Steele, C.; Suárez-Seoane, S.; Tweedie, C.; Vargas, S.; Villarreal, M.; Visser, F.; Wachendorf, M.; Wirnsberger, H.; Wojcikiewicz, R. (2020). Allometric modelling of plant biomass from drone-acquired photographs: drone images, ground control marker coordinates and biomass data from 36 sites, 2016-2020. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.



Study area
Temporal extent
2016-07-25    to    2020-03-13

Provenance & quality

These datasets were collected using a standardised sampling protocol during peak biomass by multiple teams using different equipment. Datasets have been reviewed and further details are available in the supporting documentation.

Further information on the collection and processing of these data are given in Cunliffe et al. ‘Drone photogrammetry-derived canopy height predicts aboveground biomass across non-forest ecosystems’ (In Press) and the accompanying supplementary materials.

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

These data were collected in using the protocol comprehensively described in Cunliffe, A., & Anderson, K. (2019). Measuring Above-ground Biomass with Drone Photogrammetry: Data Collection Protocol. Protocol Exchange.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Andy Cunliffe
University of Exeter


Cunliffe, A.
University of Exeter
Anderson, K.
University of Exeter
Boschetti, F.
University of Exeter
Graham, H.
University of Exeter
Brazier, R.
University of Exeter
Myers-Smith, I.
University of Edinburgh
Astor, T.
Universität Kassel
Boer, M.
Western Sydney University
Calvo, L.
University of León
Clark, P.
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Cramer, M.
University of Cape Town
Encinas-Lara, M.
Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora
Escarzaga, S.
University of Texas at El Paso
Fernández-Guisuraga, J.
University of León
Fisher, A.
University of Queensland
Gdulová, K.
University of Life Sciences Prague
Gillespie, B.
San Diego State University
Griebel, A.
Western Sydney University
Hanan, N.
New Mexico State University
Hanggito, M.
University of Texas at El Paso
Haselberger, S.
University of Vienna
Havrilla, C.
Northern Arizona University
Ji, W.
New Mexico State University
Karl, J.
University of Idaho
Kirchhoff, M.
University of Trier
Kraushaar, S.
University of Vienna
Lyons, M.
University of New South Wales
Marzolff, I.
University Frankfurt am Main
Mauritz, M.
University of Texas at El Paso
McIntire, C.
University of New Mexico
Metzen, D.
Western Sydney University
Méndez-Barroso, L.
Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora
Power, S.
University of Cape Town
Prošek, J.
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
Sanz-Ablanedo, E.
Universidad de León
Sauer, K.
Sul Ross State University
Schulze-Brüninghoff, D.
Universität Kassel
Šímová, P.
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
Smit, J.
University of Cape Town
Steele, C.
New Mexico State University
Suárez-Seoane, S.
University of Oviedo
Tweedie, C.
University of Texas at El Paso
Vargas, S.
University of Texas at El Paso
Villarreal, M.
United States Geological Survey
Visser, F.
University of Worcester
Wachendorf, M.
Universität Kassel
Wirnsberger, H.
University of Vienna
Wojcikiewicz, R.
New Mexico State University

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Achnatherum nelsonii Achnatherum thurberianum Adenostoma fasciculatum Adenostoma sparsifolium Arctophila fulva Artemisia arbuscula Artemisia nova Artemisia tridentata Artemisia tridentata,  Atriplex canescens Atriplex polycarpa Bothriochloa macra Bouteloua eriopoda Bromus marginatus,  Calluna vulgaris Cirsium spinosissimum Crataegus spp.,  Cylindropuntia imbricata,  Cytisus oromediterraneus Elytropappus rhinocerotis Environmental survey Eragrostis curvula Ericameria nauseosa Eriogonum heracleoides Festuca idahoensis,  Festuca rubra Flourensia cernua Gutierrezia sarothrae Juncus spp.,  Juniperus monosperma Larrea tridentata Launaea arborescens Nardus stricta Nassella trichotoma Opuntia phaeacantha Pinus edulis Pleuraphis mutica Prosopis glandulosa Prosopis velutina Prunus spinosa Pseudoroegneria spicata Pteridium aquilinum Pteronia paniculata Rumex obtusifolius Salix richardsonii Symphoricarpos oreophilus Trifolium repens Ulex gallii Vaccinium myrtillus Yucca glauca
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R00062X/1
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Spatial reference systems
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