Modeling of Vehicle Mobility in Forests and Rugged Terrain

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Operations and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 11 December 2024 | Viewed by 126

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Department of Military Geography and Meteorology, Faculty of Military Technology, University of Defence, Kounicova 65, 66210 Brno, Czech Republic
Interests: vehicle mobility in forest and rugged terrain; terrain analysis

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Department of Forest Management and Applied Geoinformatics, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 61300 Brno, Czech Republic
Interests: vegetaion mapping; forestry; applied geoinformatics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The analysis of the mobility of off-road vehicles in forest stands has always been of interest for logging and the movement of military units and rescue systems. The movement of forest tractors, harvesters, and heavy and light military vehicles in terrain requires knowledge of the location of forest paths, intersections, the structure of vegetation, i.e., the distance between trees and trunk diameters (DBH), and knowledge of the roughness of the terrain surface.

Potential topics related to vehicle mobility in forests and rugged terrain include, but are not limited to:

- Modeling the possibilities of vehicle movement through forest units;

- Possibilities of using remote sensing data (RGB images, multispectral images, LIDAR, RADAR) for modeling the mobility of off-road vehicles in forest stands;

- Modeling of maneuring vehicles around trees or overcoming trees by heavy vehicles;

- The influence of terrain microrelief objects (forest paths, erosional forms of watercourses, fallen tree trunks, boulders, etc.) on mobility;

- The effect of the movement of heavy off-road vehicles on root systems and damage to forest stands;

- Analysis of GNSS signal quality for off-road vehicle navigation in the forest;

- Use of autonomous systems, inertial systems, and others for navigation in the forest.

We seek research in the field of mobility connected to robotic systems moving independently in the forest (unmanned vehicles) and equipped with their own sensors (RGB, LIDAR, RADAR, etc.). These vehicles can be supported by unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), drones, and satellite systems that will scan the forest from above and transmit information about location and obstacles and thus support the navigation of ground vehicles.

We are interested in papers aimed at supporting the decision-making process in the deployment and navigation of all-terrain vehicles capable of moving in forest units, as well as papers analyzing the effects of vehicle movement on forest ecosystems.

Prof. Dr. Marian Rybanský
Dr. Tomáš Mikita
Guest Editors

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  • forestry vehicle
  • military vehicle
  • rescue vehicle
  • forest robotic systems
  • forest structure
  • tree resilience
  • DBH
  • navigation in the forest
  • forest damage

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