What do you get when you combine an airborne LiDAR sensor with an imaging spectrometer – the ability to create a highly detailed 3D forest. The imagery in this article is some of the most impressive I have seen on this topic.
“The system—conceived by Greg Asner, a scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science—has the potential to transform how tropical research is conducted. It could also help alleviate uncertainty about carbon emissions from deforestation and different forms of forest management, both of which are critical to REDD, a U.N. program designed to compensate tropical countries for reducing deforestation and forest degradation. Finally, the system may substantially improve understanding of tropical ecosystems,” notes the author Rhett A. Butler.
This is disruptive change in action.