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Alternatives to LiDAR-derived canopy height models for softwood plantations: a review and example using photogrammetry


Stone, C and Webster, B and Osborn, J and Iqbal, I, Alternatives to LiDAR-derived canopy height models for softwood plantations: a review and example using photogrammetry, Australian Forestry, 79, (4) pp. 271-282. ISSN 0004-9158 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2016 Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA)

DOI: doi:10.1080/00049158.2016.1241134


Airborne LiDAR data is now commonly acquired by the Australian plantation sector in order to generate accurate digital terrain models and canopy height models at high spatial resolution for resource assessment estimates. However, these airborne surveys are relatively expensive and there is a desire to identify more affordable options for collecting or updating this information. This review presents alternative approaches to deriving canopy height models, including the use of stereo optical imagery from satellites, manned and unmanned airborne platforms, and the use of synthetic aperture radar. In addition, we illustrate the potential of airborne photogrammetry with multi-view dense point matching to produce an accurate, hybrid photo-LiDAR canopy height model at high spatial resolution along a transect covering stands of several softwood tree species.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:plantation canopy height mapping, stereo optical imagery, photogrammetry, SfM-MVS, UAS, SAR interferometry, radargrammetry, structure from motion
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Geomatic engineering
Research Field:Photogrammetry and remote sensing
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Osborn, J (Dr Jon Osborn)
UTAS Author:Iqbal, I (Mr Irfan Iqbal)
ID Code:112286
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2016-11-02
Last Modified:2017-12-07

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