Canadian Forest Service Publications

A forest attribute mapping framework: a pilot study in a northern boreal forest, Northwest Territories, Canada. 2018. Mahoney, C.; Hall, R.J.; Hopkinson, C.; Filiatrault, M.; Beaudoin, A.; Chen, Q. Remote Sensing 10(9):1338.

Year: 2018

Available from: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39243

Language: English

CFS Availability: PDF (download)

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DOI: 10.3390/rs10091338

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A methods framework is presented that utilizes field plots, airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR), and spaceborne Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) data to estimate forest attributes over a 20 Mha area in Northern Canada. The framework was implemented to scale up forest attribute models from field data to intersecting airborne LiDAR data, and then to GLAS footprints. GLAS data were sequentially filtered and submitted to the k-nearest neighbour (k-NN) imputation algorithm to yield regional estimates of stand height and crown closure at a 30mresolution. Resulting outputs were assessed against independent airborne LiDAR data to evaluate regional estimates of stand height (mean difference = -1 m, RMSE = 5 m) and crown closure (mean difference = -5%, RMSE = 9%). Additional assessments were performed as a function of dominant vegetation type and ecoregion to further evaluate regional products. These attributes form the primary descriptive structure attributes that are typical of forest inventory mapping programs, and provide insight into how they can be derived in northern boreal regions where field information and physical access is often limited.

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