Articles | Volume 15, issue 12
Technical note
20 Jun 2018
Technical note |  | 20 Jun 2018

Technical note: Rapid image-based field methods improve the quantification of termite mound structures and greenhouse-gas fluxes

Philipp A. Nauer, Eleonora Chiri, David de Souza, Lindsay B. Hutley, and Stefan K. Arndt


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (10 May 2018) by Nobuhito Ohte
AR by Philipp A. Nauer on behalf of the Authors (17 May 2018)
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Short summary
Termites perform important biogeochemical processes in tropical ecosystems, but the complex structure of their mounds impede an accurate quantitative description. We present two novel low-cost field methods, based on photogrammetry and image analysis, to quantify the volume, surface area and porosities of termite mounds. The methods are accurate, rapid to apply and superior to traditional methods, and thus improve biogeochemical rate estimates such as greenhouse-gas fluxes from termite mounds.
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