Application of airborne LiDAR in forestry in North America and Scandinavia

Application of airborne LiDAR in forestry in North America and Scandinavia

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.