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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(4), 1120-1141; doi:10.3390/rs2041120

Forest Roads Mapped Using LiDAR in Steep Forested Terrain

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Received: 25 January 2010 / Revised: 9 March 2010 / Accepted: 13 April 2010 / Published: 15 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue LiDAR)
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LiDAR-derived digital elevation models can reveal road networks located beneath dense forest canopy. This study tests the accuracy of forest road characteristics mapped using LiDAR in the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA. The position, gradient, and total length of a forest haul road were accurately extracted using a 1 m DEM. In comparison to a field-surveyed centerline, the LiDAR-derived road exhibited a positional accuracy of 1.5 m, road grade measurements within 0.53% mean absolute difference, and total road length within 0.2% of the field-surveyed length. Airborne LiDAR can provide thorough and accurate road inventory data to support forest management and watershed assessment activities.
Keywords: LiDAR applications; forest roads; GIS LiDAR applications; forest roads; GIS
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White, R.A.; Dietterick, B.C.; Mastin, T.; Strohman, R. Forest Roads Mapped Using LiDAR in Steep Forested Terrain. Remote Sens. 2010, 2, 1120-1141.

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