Applications of LiDAR to Ecological Research
LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) has become an important tool for investigating the structure of the earth's surface and vegetation. It permits high vertical and special resolution characterization of ground and vegetation surface heights and structure across large areas. LiDAR has been used to characterize vegetation cover, biomass, leaf area, and basal area for live and dead vegetation. Software is now readily available for 3-D visualization of canopy surfaces.
The workshop will explore the fundamental science of LiDAR and present examples of its application to ecological problems.
Speakers are Michael Lefsky from Colorado State University, Tom Spies US Forest Service PNW Corvallis Forestry Lab, and Monika Moskal from the University of Washingon.
Michael will provide an introduction to LiDAR and new applications
Tom will highlight current efforts in catagorizing vegetation on the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest
Monika will focus on terrestrial LiDAR.
There will be time for discussion after the presentations.