LiDAR Used to Quantify Carbon Stored in Hedgerows

A report in Agriland explains, “The LiDAR system scans a hedge picking out its detailed structure and providing a precise image of the plants that make up the hedge.   This detail is then processed to estimate the amount of carbon contained in the hedgerows.”

Dr Frank McGovern, Head of Climate Change research, Environmental Protection Agency, said:“This research is relevant in two ways; firstly it shows how advanced technologies can be used to measure carbon stocks in the Irish landscape in a cost effective manner.  Secondly, it also quantifies one of the key ecosystem services of hedgerows in taking up carbon dioxide and storing it as biomass.

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