Special Issue "Image-Based Point Clouds for Forest Inventory Applications"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2015).
Interests: remote sensing; forest inventory; multi-temporal; forest dynamics; disturbance; Landsat; lidar; image-based DSM; large-area
The capacity to acquire information characterizing three-dimensional (3D) forest vertical structure has revolutionized forest inventories around the globe. While Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) has been the primary data source for this three-dimensional information, there is growing interest in the use of high spatial resolution digital aerial imagery to generate information analogous to ALS data to support forest inventory and monitoring. This interest in alternative technologies for three-dimensional information can be attributed in part to a need to control costs, but also relates to the traditional role that imagery has played in forest inventory, the technical capacity of many forest management agencies, and current regulatory requirements.
This Special Issue, on "Image-Based Point Clouds for Forest Inventory Applications", is broadly targeting research papers that explore the use of image-based point clouds for forest inventory applications. This includes case studies that provide a rigorous comparison and documentation of forest inventory outcomes achievable with ALS data and image-based DSMs across a range of forest environments. Papers should contribute to advancing our understanding of the issues and opportunities associated with the use of image-based point clouds for forest inventory applications.
Dr. Joanne C. White
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- digital aerial images
- dense image matching
- forest inventory
- airborne laser scanning, ALS
- area-based approach
- digital photogrammetry
- point cloud
- semi-global matching (SGM)
- digital surface model (DSM)
- canopy height model (CHM)