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Vasileios C. Drosos and Chrisvaladis Malesios



In this paper, it is attempted to examine and compare the performance of two (global positioning system) receivers of different orientation, one recreational and another more precise, in forested areas. In doing this, a field test on horizontal and vertical positional errors of GPS positioning at different points in the forested area ofTaxiarchis-VrastamaUniversityforest was conducted. The two GPS receivers were used to determine the positional accuracy of a selected number of points under tree canopies. Specifically, the precision and accuracy of Garmin’s GPS positioning at different points were calculated and compared with the corresponding positioning and accuracy of another GPS system, namely the TOPCON GPS. By the calculation of various measures of accuracy and precision suitable for GPS receivers and the use of statistical methods, accuracy between the different receivers differed significantly is shown. Also, regression analysis revealed that the basal area and the number of available satellites are the most important factors for predicting position error.


Accuracy, GPS, precision, positioning under forest canopy.

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