Validation of LiDAR Technology

When the Economist publishes an article entitled “Lidartector” with a subtitle of “How to tell if countries are cheating on their conservation commitments” I think it is fair to say that LiDAR technology has arrived.

The Economist reports that, “Until a few years ago, assessing the amount of plant matter in a forest in a cheap and accurate manner seemed an insurmountable problem, according to Eric Dinerstein, chief scientist of the World Wide Fund for Nature, a conservation group that is also involved in the Nepalese lidar project.”

The goal of the project, which should be completed by 2014, is to allow Nepal to participate in international carbon-trading schemes which pay poor countries with lots of trees not to cut them down. The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) scheme agreed at the United Nations’ climate-change conference in Cancún last December may eventually be worth $30 billion a year. Nepal wants a slice of that. Lidar monitoring may provide a way of making sure it is delivering on its side of the bargain.

After many years of remote sensing research it appears that the forestry profession finally has the tool they have been looking for.

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2 Responses to Validation of LiDAR Technology

  1. Yes, I am involved in this project in Nepal. The lidar project is a part of the ongoing National Forest Resource Assessment project in Nepal co-financed by governments of Finland and Nepal. Soon we will go for a nation-wide lidar project in Nepal. If any of you are interested, I would be happy to share information about the project.

    Basanta Raj Gautam from Nepal
    currently working in Arbonaut Ltd, Finland


    i am, madhusudhan reddy, working in “National Remote Sensing Centre”, Hyderabad as a scientist. i am interested to share the knowledge on Lidar Technology.

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