Application of Airborne LiDAR in Forestry in North America and Scandinavia
Jan Rombouts - 2006
Airborne laser scanning, also known as airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), is a remote sensing technology with a proven track record in 3D land surface surveying.
The laser’s ability to penetrate dense forest cover offers a significant advantage compared to photogrammetric techniques when mapping the topography of forested terrain.
Research over the past 20 years has shown that LiDAR data carries information about the horizontal and vertical structure of forests.
Methods have been developed to extract this information and practical applications are starting to find their way into the forest industry.