This summer research project for the Bureau of Land Management looked at answering a couple of important questions related to the use of LiDAR data:
1. Whether survey grade GPS can be used to accurately acquire individual tree location from LiDAR data (light detection and ranging), and
2. Whether ground-based inventory and leaf area measurements can be used to drive LiDAR-based empirical habitat models for the Rouge River site.
The project will ultimately help the BLM develop a method of analyzing LiDAR data for forest inventory and management.