The scientific community has and will witness a significant increase in the availability of different global satellite derived biophysical data sets. However, the use of such data is currently not supported by accurate in-situ biophysical measurements in both a research and operational context for the monitoring of forest and land dynamics. Terrestrial LiDAR (LIght Detection and Ranging) is a ground-based remote sensing technique that can retrieve the 3D vegetation structure in high detail.
Research within the Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing is focused on:
- Deriving biophysical parameters to support forest inventory
- Quantifying biomass and changes in biomass
- Combining LiDAR and radiative transfer models to validate air/spaceborne data
- RIEGL VZ-400 laser scanner (Data sheet & Documentation)
- Scanner mount for manual tilt (adjustable in steps of 15° up to 90°)
- Integrated digital compass and GPS antenna
- Full waveform (FWF) readout
- NIKON D700 digital camera on high precision camera mount (NIKKOR 14/2.8 lens and NIKKOR 85/1.8 lens)
Available terrestrial LiDAR datasets
The listed datasets were collected by the Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing. Reference data (e.g. forest inventory, hemispherical photography) and additional airborne/spaceborne data are available for most datasets. Please contact us if you are interested in one of the datasets.
- Laegern (Switzerland, 2010, 6 plots with 20m radius)
- Hallerbos (Belgium, 2011-2012 time series, 2 plots with 18m radius)
- Loobos (The Netherlands, 2011, 4 plots of 100m x 100m)
- Antwerp (Belgium, 2012, scan of 7 individual trees in De Villegasstraat)
- Australian projects:
- Biomass harvesting (VIC, 2012-2013, 18 plots of 40m radius)
- Rushworth RF5 (VIC, 2012)
- Temperate rainforest (VIC, 2012, 6 plots)
- EucFACE experiment (NSW, 2012)
- Selection of TERN sites in QLD (2012)
- Gabon (Mondah forest & Lope National Park)
- 1ha GEM plots (2 plots in Mondah forest + 1 plot in Lope National Park, 100x100m)
- Savannah-to-forest biomass gradient at Lope National Park (2 plots for 5 different forest types, 20x40m).
Peru (permanent plots in Tambopata Reserve (Madre de Dios Dept.) and buffer zone of Manu National Park (Cuzco Dept.), Biomass harvest plots in Madre de Dios, biomass plots in peat forest in Iquitos (Maynas Dept.) )
- 1ha GEM plots (100m x 100m) in the biomass gradient Andes to Amazon Transect.
- 2 plots in Tambopata Biosphere Reserve (200 MAMSL)
- 1 plot in San Pedro (1,750 MAMSL),
- 2 plots in Wayquecha Cloud Forest Biological Station (ACCA) (3,000 MAMSL)
- Selective logging biomass harvest plots in Madre de Dios (9 plots, 50m x 30m). TLS before and after logging.
- 1 Transect in peat swamp forest in Iquitos (6 plots of 10 m radius)
- Indonesia - August 2014 (Sampit, Borneo)
- Selective logging biomass harvest plots in peat forest (10 plots, 30m x 40m). TLS before and after logging.
- Guyana – November 2014 (Vaitarna, Guyana)
- Selective logging biomass harvest plots in amazon forest (10 plots, 30m x 40m). TLS before and after logging.
- Chronosequence stumps of 0, 2-3 years and 3 years old (36 scans)
- Ethiopia – November 2015 (Kafa, Ethiopia)
- Plots of 20m radius along forest degradation gradient in Kafa. TLS scans were made from 5 positions
- Ghana – March 2016 (Kumasi and Elubo, Ghana)
- 01 GEM plot in Bobiri
- 02 GEM plots in Kogyae (Transition Forest savanna and savanna
- 01 Afriscat plot (70x100m) next to fluxtower, 10m grid and 2 TLS
- 01 GEM plot in Ankasa National Reserve, Elubo
- Guyana - February 2017 (Rong An Inc. - Berbice)
- 108 individual trees scanned in 37 plots.
- 26 selective logging biomass harvest trees.
- CSIRO Land and Water (Vegetation Sensing & Information), VIC, Australia
- University College London (Department of Geography), UK
- Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (Remote Sensing Centre), QLD, Australia
- University of British Columbia (Integrated Remote Sensing Studio), Canada
- University of Melbourne (Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science), VIC, Australia
- Boston University (Department of Geography and Environment), USA
- Tampere University of Technology (Dept. of Mathematics), Finland
- Oxford University (Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment)
- CIFOR (Forests and Environment Programme)
- Guyana Forestry Commission
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Estimation of above-ground biomass of large tropical trees with terrestrial LiDAR
Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9 (2018)2. - ISSN 2041-210X - p. 223 - 234.
New perspectives on the ecology of tree structure and tree communities through terrestrial laser scanning
Interface Focus 8 (2018)2. - ISSN 2042-8898
Quantifying branch architecture of tropical trees using terrestrial LiDAR and 3D modelling
Trees-Structure and Function 32 (2018)5. - ISSN 0931-1890 - p. 1219 - 1231.
Above-ground biomass assessment of tropical trees with Terrestrial LiDAR and 3D architecture models
In: SilviLaser 2017 Program. - Blacksburg : Virginia Tech - p. 123 - 124.
Application of terrestrial LiDAR and modelling of tree branching structure for plant-scaling models in tropical forest trees
Capturing forest structure and change – 5 years of laser scanning and future perspectives using UAV based LiDAR
In: SilviLaser 2017 Program. - Blacksburg : Virginia Tech - p. 61 - 62.
Capturing forest structure using UAV based LiDAR
Comparing RIEGL RiCOPTER UAV LiDAR Derived Canopy Height and DBH with Terrestrial LiDAR
Sensors 17 (2017)10. - ISSN 1424-8220 - 16 p.
Data acquisition considerations for Terrestrial Laser Scanning of forest plots
Remote Sensing of Environment 196 (2017). - ISSN 0034-4257 - p. 140 - 153.
Application of Terrestrial LiDAR and Modelling of Tree Branching Structure for Plant-scaling Models in Tropical Forest Trees