» Development of applications for forestry from LiDAR data

LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology is substituting the methods based on photogrametry to get the DTM at high resolution.

From LiDAR data we are able to calculate each individual height tree, to locate the trunk of each tree, to calculate timber volumes, leave area index, etc.

Such dasometric parameters are of special importance in forest inventory and determine the vegetation structure. Nowadays field work is getting expensive and sometimes too slow.

The combination of airborne LiDAR with terrestrial LiDAR data, opens a new world of possibilities.

LiDAR technology will allow the automatization of silvicultural analysis and therefore the planning of silvicultural works at large scale minimazing at the same time the effort in forest inventory. Otherwise it is needed to calíbrate the models in experimental plots. Therefore we are calibrating the LiDAR data to automatically detect the selvicultural parameters on Pinus halepensis, species not much researched with this tehnology.

The partnership team (BALMA, DIELMO), is also in the way to develop appplications for the automatization of vegetation structures, which for example will allow at the same time the classification such as fuel models, biomass typologies, etc

Balma Forestal SLP