Thermal infrared for plant / light measurements?

For reasons that are complicated to explain, we got our hands on a thermal infrared camera, one of those things that people usually use to make thermal images of buildings … the question now is: is there anything sensible that we can measure with this device in terrestrial ecology? Has anyone here used a camera like that for ecological research? I’d be interested to hear about that, either as a comment or by email.

We are currently experimenting with using the thermal image to make light climate estimates in forests (see photo below), but we’re hitting a range of technical problems. I know people use infrared for measurements of leaf water and water stress, mostly near infrared though, but that might also be because that is easier to obtain?

thermal image

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