Applications of LiDAR to Ecological Research

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Thomas Spies
Theresa Valentine
John Vande Castle


LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) has become an important tool for investigating the structure of the earth's surface and vegetation. It permits high vertical and special resolution characterization of ground and vegetation surface heights and structure across large areas. LiDAR has been used to characterize vegetation cover, biomass, leaf area, and basal area for live and dead vegetation. Software is now readily available for 3-D visualization of canopy surfaces.

The workshop will explore the fundamental science of LiDAR and present examples of its application to ecological problems.

Speakers are Michael Lefsky from Colorado State University, Tom Spies US Forest Service PNW Corvallis Forestry Lab, and Monika Moskal from the University of Washingon.

Michael will  provide an introduction to LiDAR and new applications

Tom will highlight current efforts in catagorizing vegetation on the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest

Monika will focus on terrestrial LiDAR.

There will be time for discussion after the presentations.

Session Info

Working Group Session 2

Mon, 09/14/2009 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Longs Peak Boulder Field
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Additional Participants: 
L. M. Moskal -
Andy Colter -
Matt Fraser -
HongYan Luo -
Nikolas Stevenson-Moinot -
Jonah Cummings -