Category Archives: Forestry

Modelling Forest Understory with Lidar

Evaluating habitat quality and understory composition across complex landscapes remains a challenge for forest and wildlife managers, but is essential for ensuring the stability of vulnerable species. In this  study a group Canadian researchers investigate whether forest stand structure, as … Continue reading

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Contributions of LiDAR to Ecosystem Service Planning and Markets

This paper reviews the drivers and co-benefits of expanded LiDAR data investment by local government entities and presents a case study of forest carbon markets in California to illuminate how this investment compares to investment in the acquisition of field … Continue reading

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Using Spaceborne Lidar to Improve Climate Models

From this paper by two Korean researchers: “Canopy height is closely related to biomass and aerodynamic properties, which regulate turbulent transfer of energy and mass at the soil-vegetation-atmosphere continuum. However, this key information has been prescribed as a constant value … Continue reading

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Lidar, CCD and Hyperspectral

This paper describes the design, implementation and performance of a novel airborne system, which integrates commercial waveform LiDAR, CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) camera and hyperspectral sensors into a common platform system. CAF’s (The Chinese Academy of Forestry) LiCHy (LiDAR, CCD and … Continue reading

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The Value of Lidar Data

This article in Government Technology presents a compelling case for the value that lidar data is creating for Washington, D.C.’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA). UFA was looking to expand its management reach from its portfolio of street tree maintenance and … Continue reading

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The Benefits of 3D Elevation

A white paper from the USGS entitled, “3D Elevation – We’ve Got You Covered in all 50 States” plus Puerto Rico provides a number of interesting examples of the benefits of investing in lidar data acquisition on a national scale. … Continue reading

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Automatic Asset Inspection

O.K. here’s a new business category that I think you are going to see a lot more of  – automatic asset inspection. In this case it is for power line inspection with a UAS equipped with a lidar sensor and … Continue reading

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3D Lidar Mapping in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has a couple more days to be the center of the universe, but after the primary on Tuesday it will be back to the real world which for a state that is 84% forested involves a large forestry … Continue reading

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Lidar Dating Landslides

The Oso landslide in Washington state is the subject of research to better understand the likelihood of this kind of event happening again. A team of scientists from the University of Washington has published a new study concluding that the … Continue reading

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NH Gets Lidar

Since New Hampshire has been my home for the past 40 years I had to take note of this article in a local paper explaining to the public how lidar is being used to 3D map 80% of the state. … Continue reading

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