Lidar Protects EU Nature Space

Simply declaring a region as a nature protection area is not enough, regular monitoring of its ecological condition is also necessary. Since Nature protection areas already cover almost one fifth of the surface of the European Union, it is impossible to inspect such a vast area in the traditional way on foot.

“Our team has developed special classification software which can use this lidar data to distinguish different types of vegetation,” says Norbert Pfeifer.

“We believe that an even better characterization of a region’s biodiversity can be obtained when we do not focus on site inspection parameters but rather try to define new parameters which are easier to obtain from above,” says Pfeifer.

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