Canadian Forest Service Publications

Advances in laser remote sensing of forests: Status and opportunities. 2007. Wulder, M.A.; Bater, C.W.; Coops, N.C.; Hirata, Y.; Sweda, T. Pages 223-234 (Chapter 8) in B.A. Larson, editor. Sustainable Development Research Advances. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge NY.

Year: 2007

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 31311

Language: English

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Remote sensing technology increases our capacity to characterize ecological phenomena and manage the landscape in a sustainable and appropriate manner. One key technology which has seen rapid adoption and application is lidar (light detection and ranging), which provides highly accurate information on both terrain morphology and vegetation architecture, increasing our ability to map and monitor canopy structure. In this communication we summarize the most recent state-of-the-art research and applications, and identify and describe key trends and findings in lidar remote sensing with an emphasis on four key application areas, including forest inventory, monitoring for reporting and treaty compliance, attribute estimation, including digital elevation models, and data fusion.