Terrestrial Scanning / Forestry Assessment & Agriculture
Ground-based laser imaging for assessing three-dimensional forest canopy structure, USA 20.12.2006
Improved understanding of the role of forests in carbon, nutrient, and water cycling can be facilitated with improved assessments of canopy structure, better linking leaf-level processes to canopy structure and forest growth. We examined the use of high-resolution, ground-based laser imaging for the spatially explicit assessment of forest canopies. Multiple range images were obtained and aligned during both leaf-off and leaf-on conditions on a 20m x 40m plot.