Laser Scanning a Swamp in Peru

In yet another example of the use of LiDAR to characterize the environment researchers from the University of Wageningen are working with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) to scan the vegetation, recording data that a computer will later use to create a three-dimensional image of the forest.

The work is part of the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP), a collaboration between CIFOR and the U.S. Forest Service. The goal is to correlate the ground-based data with satellite images, so countries can eventually track carbon stocks and emissions remotely, using satellite images that are available for free.

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  1. At the University of Tennessee in the Geography Department I maintain an Environmental Tomography lab where we are conducting studies on changes in above- and below-ground biomass and carbon in ntaural and agricultural systems using 3-D terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) and ground penetrating radar (GPR) technologies. We have 3-D terrestrial laser scans of wetlands in the paramo ecosystem in Colombia in Chingaza National Park that supplies 70% of the water to Bogota.

    We have 3-D terrestrial laser scans of low and high elevation tropical forests of Mt. Apo National Park in Mindanao Island, Philippines which we are relating to airborne 5-m IFSAR data for forest standing carbon estimates.

    We have 3-D terrestrial laser scans of 3 types of land use in transitional cloud forest in Costa Rica near the Monte Verde Cloud Forest.

    We have 3-D terrestrial laser scans of acacia and mopane savannas in Kruger National Park, South Africa, Juniper and Oak savannas of the Edwards Plateau, TX, and Post Oak Savanna in College Station, TX.

    We have 3-D terrestrial laser scans of shrubland-grasslands in sagebrush steppe of the USFS Curlew National Grasslands and within the Sevilleta Wildlife Reserve’s Long-term Ecological Research Site (LTER) of New Mexico as well as the Jornada LTER’s Chihuahuan desert sites. At the latter we conduct wind erosion studies.

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