Evaluation and Validation of Canopy Laser Radar Systems for Native and Plantation Forest Inventory: Summary Report

Evaluation and Validation of Canopy Laser Radar Systems for Native and Plantation Forest Inventory: Summary Report

Research into using Lidar technologies to characterise forest structure has increased rapidly. However, the use of such technologies to assist commercial forest inventory operations has not yet been addressed.

The objectives for this study were to validate and promote the use of airborne and ground based Lidar technologies as tools in forest inventory programs in Australian plantation and native forests; and test the accuracy and value of the data against conventional inventory and other field measurements.

The study also evaluated CSIRO’s ECHIDNA ground-based scanning Lidar, which was tested at a range of forest sites and the resulting estimates compared to measurements recorded using traditional techniques.

Reference Number:
PN02.3902

Findings Report:
PN02.3902 Evaluation and Validation.pdf