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Forests 2014, 5(9), 2307-2326; doi:10.3390/f5092307

Cross-Correlation of Diameter Measures for the Co-Registration of Forest Inventory Plots with Airborne Laser Scanning Data

Irstea, UR EMGR Écosystèmes montagnards, centre de Grenoble, F-38402 Saint-Martin-d'Hères, France
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Received: 25 March 2014 / Revised: 3 July 2014 / Accepted: 15 September 2014 / Published: 19 September 2014
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Continuous maps of forest parameters can be derived from airborne laser scanning (ALS) remote sensing data. A prediction model is calibrated between local point cloud statistics and forest parameters measured on field plots. Unfortunately, inaccurate positioning of field measures lead to a bad matching of forest measures with remote sensing data. The potential of using tree diameter and position measures in cross-correlation with ALS data to improve co-registration is evaluated. The influence of the correction on ALS models is assessed by comparing the accuracy of basal area prediction models calibrated or validated with or without the corrected positions. In a coniferous, uneven-aged forest with high density ALS data and low positioning precision, the algorithm co-registers 91% of plots within two meters from the operator location when at least the five largest trees are used in the analysis. The new coordinates slightly improve the prediction models and allow a better estimation of their accuracy. In a forest with various stand structures and species, lower ALS density and differential Global Navigation Satellite System measurements, position correction turns out to have only a limited impact on prediction models. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest inventory; airborne laser scanning; co-registration; Global Navigation Satellite System forest inventory; airborne laser scanning; co-registration; Global Navigation Satellite System
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Monnet, J.-M.; Mermin, É. Cross-Correlation of Diameter Measures for the Co-Registration of Forest Inventory Plots with Airborne Laser Scanning Data. Forests 2014, 5, 2307-2326.

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