Routescene Forestry case study published in GIS Resources magazine
The December 2021 edition of GIS Resources magazine is dedicated to “LiDAR Technology in Forestry Mapping” exploring how forest administrators and planners can rely on this technology to provide actionable information.
Routescene features on pages 10 to 13 with a case study describing how our UAV LiDAR system and post-processing software was used for a woodland survey near Barnsley, UK. The case study illustrates perfectly how the technology can be used for operational forest and land management and conservation.
Traditionally, data has been gathered using photogrammetry or walking the site, and both techniques have their limitations for wooded and forested sites. UAV LiDAR is now recognized as a valuable tool to provide significant worth to monitor and manage the health and value of a forest.
The point cloud data captured can be used to create a Digital Terrain Model, from which useful metrics such as tree height can be determined and hence growth rates can be calculated. These measurements are critical for assessing forest health, to detect disease, to derive carbon sequestration and biomass estimates, to establish drainage patterns and develop forest fire mitigation plans. Read more...