LiDAR Research on the Rogue River

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.

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