REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY TO QUANTIFY FORESTS AND TERRAIN IN 3D – Remote sensing technologies are one of the most important tools for monitoring environmental change at scale, and over the last few decades have revolutionized conservation and environmental research in myriad ways.
REMOTE SENSING WITH LIDAR – Light detection and ranging, alternatively referred to as airborne or terrestrial laser scanning, is a remote sensing technique that produces a 3D point cloud of the structure of the terrain and the vegetation above it, and the 3D structure of vegetation is known to be a primary determinant of habitat quality for many species.
The capabilities of LiDAR systems to describe the 3D structure of forests were demonstrated almost 20 years ago, and as its use in forestry applications grew its value in ecology became increasingly apparent.
SUB-METER PRECISION IN 3D – LIDAR is superb at capturing the 3D structure of the terrain and the vegetation above it, making it a valuable technique in numerous fields.
LIDAR data can be used to estimate carbon stocks, flood risk, erosion, and the suitability of habitat for wildlife.