A low-cost, non-differentially corrected hand-held GPS receiver was tested on an industrial peat production bog. A correction procedure (‘pseudo-differential correction’) was derived that corrected data points to the nearest position on a line defining the centre of each 15-m wide field. The result was a corrected log of track points for each field for all points lying along the field. It was found that the mean orthogonal distance from a field centreline was linearly correlated with mean uncorrected GPS data error (r2=0.99) such that as GPS error increased so the accuracy obtained by correction decreased. For a signal with a mean uncorrected error of 30 m it was possible to reduce the error to 12 m. The results are discussed within the design requirements of a precision peat production system for peat energy. It is concluded that low-cost GPS could be used without differential correction as part of a precision peat production system because over 80% of the time positional error could be constrained to within 15 m. When compared with the perceived patterns of variability and the 30-m resolution of Landsat imagery which can be used for making application maps, this is acceptable.
|Numero di pagine||12|
|Rivista||Computers and Electronics in Agriculture|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 1999|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agronomy and Crop Science
- Computer Science Applications