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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