The terrestrial laser scanning revolution in forest ecology

Danson, FM ORCID:, Disney, MI ORCID:, Gaulton, R ORCID:, Schaaf, C ORCID: and Strahler, A ORCID: 2018, 'The terrestrial laser scanning revolution in forest ecology' , Interface Focus, 8 (2) , p. 20180001.

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New laser scanning technologies are set to revolutionize the way in which we measure and understand changes in ecosystem structure and function. Forest ecosystems present a particular challenge because of their scale, complexity and structural dynamics. Traditional forestry techniques rely on manual measurement of easy-to-measure characteristics such as tree girth and height, along with time-consuming, logistically difficult and error-prone destructive sampling. Much more detailed and accurate three-dimensional measurements of forest structure and composition are key to reducing errors in biomass estimates and carbon dynamics and to better understanding the role of forests in global ecosystem and climate change processes. Terrestrial laser scanners are now starting to be deployed in forest ecology research and, at the same time, new terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) technologies are being developed to enhance and extend the range of measurements that can be made. These new TLS measurements provide a tantalizing glimpse of a completely new way to measure and understand forest structure. It is therefore a good time to take stock, assess the state of the art and identify the immediate challenges for continued development of TLS in forest ecology.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 2042-8898; eissn 2042-8901 **History: published 06-04-2018; issued 16-02-2018; published_online 16-02-2018
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Interface Focus
Publisher: The Royal Society
ISSN: 2042-8901
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Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2019 13:54
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