Category Archives: Forestry

Precision Agriculture Informed with Drone Lidar

The RedTail LiDAR Systems’ RTL-400, designed specifically for use on small drones, is a cost-effective tool that provides high-resolution, accurately geolocated images needed to make informed business decisions. Precision agriculture is one area where it is well suited. As the … Continue reading

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DEM Users Manual 3rd Edition is Now Available

The 3rd edition of the DEM Users Manual includes 15 chapters, three appendices and a detailed Index. References in the eBook version are hyperlinked which is coming soon. Chapter and appendix titles include: 1. Introduction to DEMs 2. Vertical Datums … Continue reading

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Novel Lidar Data Improves Understanding of Tropical Forests

Dr. Kim Calders and his team completed 2 months of field work in Australian tropical forests collecting both terrestrial and UAS lidar data to support a novel lidar data fusion methodology. Forest ecosystems contain more biomass than any other ecosystem. … Continue reading

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Automated Land Cover Change Detection

Abstract – This paper investigates the possibility of applying light detection and ranging (LiDAR) point clouds and geographic information system (GIS) analyses for land use and land cover (LULC) automated change detection, mainly with a view to monitoring uncontrolled forest … Continue reading

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3DEP Developing a Partnership – Lessons Learned

To encourage geospatial data collection and foster information sharing, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) launched the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) three years ago. 3DEP is a valuable tool, but many state and local agencies may be unaware of the … Continue reading

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Disaster Vulnerability Assessed with Lidar

A new Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) initiative is using LiDAR to map Saint Lucia for the very first time. The initiative is the latest in a series of major activities under the Disaster Vulnerability program, including steps toward the … Continue reading

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Small Satellites – The Next Big Thing in Geospatial Innovation

For all of us in the geospatial industry an important milestone was achieved recently. It was a story on 60 Minutes which introduced the masses to the small satellite boom that is ever so quietly revolutionizing the collection of imagery … Continue reading

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Canopy Base Height Estimates From Lidar

Accurate canopy base height (CBH) information is essential for forest and fire managers since it constitutes a key indicator of seedling growth, wood quality and forest health as well as a necessary input in fire behavior prediction systems such as … Continue reading

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Digital Technology is Protecting our Nation’s Forests

From paper goods to lumber and wildlife habitat to recreation, our forests provide value in countless ways. However, forest management is a complex science. It requires advanced digital technology, collaboration, and an eye toward sustainability. From an article in Grit … Continue reading

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Automating Plant ID with Laser Scanning and AI

Automated camera systems have enabled scientists to quickly track traits of thousands of plants. Now researchers at the Salk Institute are automating plant identification with 3D laser scanning and machine-learning algorithms. The algorithms teach a computer to analyze three-dimensional shapes … Continue reading

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