AI (Alvaro) Lau Sarmiento

AI (Alvaro) Lau Sarmiento

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Alvaro is currently doing his PhD entitled Assessing tropical forest characteristics with terrestrial laser scanning. His project is funded through CIFOR, as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). His PhD research focuses on the potential of terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) to derive tree parameters and how can be linked from local-based estimations to large-scale approaches. Alvaro has been travelling all around the tropics collecting data with the TLS (Peru 2013, Indonesia and Guyana 2014, Ghana 2016, Guyana 2017). 

Alvaro holds a master degree in Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing from Wageningen University. Before his master, he worked in natural resource management and GIS in the Peruvian andes, for a NGO - IRVG and the Laboratory of Ecology and Pasture Use. He has 5+ year experience working with rural communities and GIS. His academic interests are related to tropical forest ecology, programming in R, biomass estimation, plant scaling laws and TLS-derived parameters. In addition to his academic interests, Alvaro is a passionate cooker, appearing in the Resource Magazine (english/dutch version) and the Cookbook Food for Students.

Besides working on his research project, Alvaro actively cooperates with other researchers at WUR. He collaborated with 3D scans for tomato plant during 2014 - 2015, followed up with an interview from BBC Horizon. He also appeared in a CIFOR video (below), during his fieldwork in Indonesia. Alvaro is the main contact in the WUR terrestrial Laser Scanning Research page. Further, he keeps a story map of the Riegl VZ-400 TLS scanner trips. 

Don't hesitate to contact him for further information regarding his work or follow him on social media (links on top of this page).