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Terrestrial laser scanning in forest ecology: Expanding the horizon

Calders, K; Adams, J; Armston, J; Bartholomeus, H; Bauwens, S; Bentley, LP; Chave, J; ... Verbeeck, H; + view all (2020) Terrestrial laser scanning in forest ecology: Expanding the horizon. Remote Sensing of Environment , 251 , Article 112102. 10.1016/j.rse.2020.112102. Green open access

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Abstract

Terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) was introduced for basic forest measurements, such as tree height and diameter, in the early 2000s. Recent advances in sensor and algorithm development have allowed us to assess in situ 3D forest structure explicitly and revolutionised the way we monitor and quantify ecosystem structure and function. Here, we provide an interdisciplinary focus to explore current developments in TLS to measure and monitor forest structure. We argue that TLS data will play a critical role in understanding fundamental ecological questions about tree size and shape, allometric scaling, metabolic function and plasticity of form. Furthermore, these new developments enable new applications such as radiative transfer modelling with realistic virtual forests, monitoring of urban forests and larger scale ecosystem monitoring through long-range scanning. Finally, we discuss upscaling of TLS data through data fusion with unmanned aerial vehicles, airborne and spaceborne data, as well as the essential role of TLS in validation of spaceborne missions that monitor ecosystem structure.

Type: Article
Title: Terrestrial laser scanning in forest ecology: Expanding the horizon
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2020.112102
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2020.112102
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/).
Keywords: Terrestrial laser scanning, Ground-based LiDAR, Forest ecology, Forest plot measurement, Tree structure, Remote sensing
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112236
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