Thanks to Joanne White from Natural Resources Canada for the heads up on this valuable reference on the use of airborne LiDAR for forest inventory applications. The best practices guide is posted on the Canadian Forest Service bookstore and is available for download.
From the abstract, “The best practices presented herein are based on more than 25 years of scientific research on the application of ALS data in forest inventory. We describe the process required to generate forest inventory attributes from ALS data from start to finish, recommending best practices for each stage, from ground sampling and statistics, through to sophisticated spatial data processing and analysis”.
Kudos to all involved.