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Land 2014, 3(4), 1270-1283; doi:10.3390/land3041270

Estimation of Aboveground Biomass Using Manual Stereo Viewing of Digital Aerial Photographs in Tropical Seasonal Forest

Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, 6-10-1 Hakozaki, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan
Faculty of Agriculture, Kagoshima University, 1-21-24 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-8580, Japan
Department of Forest Management, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, 1 Matsunosato, Tsukuba 305-8687, Japan
Hokkaido Research Center, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, 7 Hitsujigaoka, Toyohiraku, Sapporo 062-8516, Japan
Asia Air Survey Company, LTD, Shinyuri 21 Building, 1-2-2 Manpukuji, Asao-ku, Kawasaki 215-0004, Japan
Forest-Wildlife Research and Development Institute, Forestry Administration, Khan Sen Sok, Phnom Penh 12157, Cambodia
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Received: 29 August 2014 / Revised: 28 October 2014 / Accepted: 3 November 2014 / Published: 14 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals in Tropical Forests)
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The objectives of this study are to: (1) evaluate accuracy of tree height measurements of manual stereo viewing on a computer display using digital aerial photographs compared with airborne LiDAR height measurements; and (2) develop an empirical model to estimate stand-level aboveground biomass with variables derived from manual stereo viewing on the computer display in a Cambodian tropical seasonal forest. We evaluate observation error of tree height measured from the manual stereo viewing, based on field measurements. RMSEs of tree height measurement with manual stereo viewing and LiDAR were 1.96 m and 1.72 m, respectively. Then, stand-level aboveground biomass is regressed against tree height indices derived from the manual stereo viewing. We determined the best model to estimate aboveground biomass in terms of the Akaike’s information criterion. This was a model of mean tree height of the tallest five trees in each plot (R2 = 0.78; RMSE = 58.18 Mg/ha). In conclusion, manual stereo viewing on the computer display can measure tree height accurately and is useful to estimate aboveground stand biomass. View Full-Text
Keywords: aerial photograph; REDD+; stereo viewing; tropical forest; Cambodia aerial photograph; REDD+; stereo viewing; tropical forest; Cambodia

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Shimizu, K.; Ota, T.; Kajisa, T.; Mizoue, N.; Yoshida, S.; Takao, G.; Hirata, Y.; Furuya, N.; Sano, T.; Heng, S.; Vuthy, M. Estimation of Aboveground Biomass Using Manual Stereo Viewing of Digital Aerial Photographs in Tropical Seasonal Forest. Land 2014, 3, 1270-1283.

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