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Airborne and Terrestrial Laser Scanning Data for the Assessment of Standing and Lying Deadwood: Current Situation and New Perspectives

Department TESAF, University of Padova, viale dell’Università, 16, I-35020 Legnaro (PD), Italy
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Remote Sens. 2018, 10(9), 1356; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10091356
Received: 19 July 2018 / Revised: 21 August 2018 / Accepted: 24 August 2018 / Published: 26 August 2018
LiDAR technology is finding uses in the forest sector, not only for surveys in producing forests but also as a tool to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of the three-dimensional component of forest environments. Developments of platforms and sensors in the last decades have highlighted the capacity of this technology to catch relevant details, even at finer scales. This drives its usage towards more ecological topics and applications for forest management. In recent years, nature protection policies have been focusing on deadwood as a key element for the health of forest ecosystems and wide-scale assessments are necessary for the planning process on a landscape scale. Initial studies showed promising results in the identification of bigger deadwood components (e.g., snags, logs, stumps), employing data not specifically collected for the purpose. Nevertheless, many efforts should still be made to transfer the available methodologies to an operational level. Newly available platforms (e.g., Mobile Laser Scanner) and sensors (e.g., Multispectral Laser Scanner) might provide new opportunities for this field of study in the near future. View Full-Text
Keywords: LiDAR; deadwood; airborne laser scanning; terrestrial laser scanning LiDAR; deadwood; airborne laser scanning; terrestrial laser scanning
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Marchi, N.; Pirotti, F.; Lingua, E. Airborne and Terrestrial Laser Scanning Data for the Assessment of Standing and Lying Deadwood: Current Situation and New Perspectives. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 1356.

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