High throughput field phenotyping and vegetation mapping, 5 ECTS

Last changed: 04 April 2023

Time: 12-16 June NMBU, Ås, Norway.

Course contents:

This course aims to introduce the emerging research fields of high throughput plant phenotyping used for vegetation mapping and plant breeding, with a focus on remote sensing field phenotyping methodologies and related data analysis.

The basic principles of commonly used remote sensing UAV-based imaging methods in high-throughput field phenotyping and vegetation mapping will be introduced together with practical examples. A special focus will be put on giving the students hands-on training in use of field phenotyping methodologies, including gathering data from hand-held devices and UAVs, and analysis of the data to answer biological questions. The objective of the course is to provide the participating students with the basic knowledge and understanding of remote sensing and field phenotyping methodologies and associated data processing as research tools in agricultural and biological sciences.

Learning outcome:

Participation in lectures and daily learning diaries (2 ECTS)
• knowledge about analysis sensors available for plant phenotyping and vegetation mapping
• knowledge about standard data analysis pipelines for field phenotyping data
• gaining understanding of the opportunities and challenges in experimental design in plant phenotyping
Participation in the workshops (1 ECTS)
• gaining hands on experience in field phenotyping methodologies, image-based data acquisition, and data processing
Literature study, presentation and lab report as pre and post assignments (2 ECTS)
• gaining deeper understanding of the chosen biological process and chosen technology through own study
• application of gained knowledge in the writing of the data analysis report (post course assignment)

Learning activities:

Lectures. The following topics will be covered: Remote sensing and field phenotyping methodologies. Data processing and analysis of UAV images from field trials. Low-cost phenotyping methods.

Workshops with hands-on training in field phenotyping methods
Journal club: student presentations of pre-assigned literature in groups.
MSc degree in a relevant field is required. Relevant fields: agriculture, forestry, biological and environmental sciences.

Mandatory activity:

Pre-course assignment, active participation in journal club, lectures and training activities, writing of learning diary and data analysis report.


Pass/Fail based on active participation in assignments and workshops, presentation, submission of learning diaries and data analysis report.

Entrance requirements:

The course is intended for PhD students with basic knowledge in relevant fields of plant breeding, biology and environmental sciences. Students with plant phenotyping and vegetation mapping related research in their PhD project will get priority.

Please register for the course at the following link: https://nettskjema.no/a/331011

Course leader:

Sahameh Shafiee, NMBU