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Remote Sens. 2009, 1(4), 934-951; doi:10.3390/rs1040934

LiDAR Utility for Natural Resource Managers

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1 Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, 1221 S. Main St., Moscow, ID 83843, USA 2 The Nature Conservancy, North America Region, 117 E. Mountain Ave., Suite 201, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA 3 University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources, Department of Forest Resources, 975 W 6th St., Moscow, ID 83844-1133, USA
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Received: 31 August 2009 / Revised: 22 October 2009 / Accepted: 9 November 2009 / Published: 11 November 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue LiDAR)
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Applications of LiDAR remote sensing are exploding, while moving from the research to the operational realm. Increasingly, natural resource managers are recognizing the tremendous utility of LiDAR-derived information to make improved decisions. This review provides a cross-section of studies, many recent, that demonstrate the relevance of LiDAR across a suite of terrestrial natural resource disciplines including forestry, fire and fuels, ecology, wildlife, geology, geomorphology, and surface hydrology. We anticipate that interest in and reliance upon LiDAR for natural resource management, both alone and in concert with other remote sensing data, will continue to rapidly expand for the foreseeable future.
Keywords: LiDAR applications; management; natural resources; remote sensing; review LiDAR applications; management; natural resources; remote sensing; review
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Hudak, A.T.; Evans, J.S.; Stuart Smith, A.M. LiDAR Utility for Natural Resource Managers. Remote Sens. 2009, 1, 934-951.

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