Abstract: The requirements for up-to-date tree data in city parks and forests are increasing, and an important question is how to keep the digital databases current for various applications. Traditional map-updating procedures, such as visual interpretation of digital aerial images or field measurements using tachymeters, are either inaccurate or expensive. Recently, the development of laser-scanning technology has opened new opportunities for tree mapping and attributes updating. For a detailed measurement and attributes update of urban trees, we tested the use of a multisource single-tree inventory (MS-STI) for heterogeneous urban forest conditions. MS-STI requires an existing tree map as input information in addition to airborne laser-scanning (ALS) data. In our study, the tested input tree map was produced by terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) and by using a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Tree attributes were either measured from ALS or predicted by using metrics extracted from ALS data. Stem diameter-at-breast height (DBH) was predicted and compared to the field measures, and tree height and crown area were directly measured from ALS data at the two different urban-forest areas. The results indicate that MS-STI can be used for updating urban-forest attributes. The accuracies of DBH estimations were improved compared to the existing attribute information in the city of Helsinki’s urban-tree register. In addition, important attributes, such as tree height and crown dimensions, were extracted from ALS and added as attributes to the urban-tree register.
Keywords: urban forest; remote sensing; LiDAR; Airborne laser scanning; GIS; forest inventory; forest mapping; city planning; land-use planning
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Saarinen, N.; Vastaranta, M.; Kankare, V.; Tanhuanpää, T.; Holopainen, M.; Hyyppä, J.; Hyyppä, H. Urban-Tree-Attribute Update Using Multisource Single-Tree Inventory. Forests 2014, 5, 1032-1052.
Saarinen N, Vastaranta M, Kankare V, Tanhuanpää T, Holopainen M, Hyyppä J, Hyyppä H. Urban-Tree-Attribute Update Using Multisource Single-Tree Inventory. Forests. 2014; 5(5):1032-1052.
Saarinen, Ninni; Vastaranta, Mikko; Kankare, Ville; Tanhuanpää, Topi; Holopainen, Markus; Hyyppä, Juha; Hyyppä, Hannu. 2014. "Urban-Tree-Attribute Update Using Multisource Single-Tree Inventory." Forests 5, no. 5: 1032-1052.