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Forestry Applications of Airborne Laser Scanning: Concepts and Case Studies

First comprehensive textbook about forest applications of airborne laser scanning
The writers of the book are worldwide known experts of the area
All topics are covered from both theoretical and practical perspectives

Series: Managing Forest Ecosystems Volume: 27

By: Matti Maltamo (Editor), Erik Næsset (Editor), Jari Vauhkonen (Editor)

464 pages, 39 colour & 45 b/w illustrations, tables


Hardback | Apr 2014 | #212500 | ISBN-13: 9789401786621
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NHBS Price: £138.00 $169/€155 approx

About this book

Airborne laser scanning (ALS) has emerged as one of the most promising remote sensing technologies to provide data for research and operational applications in a wide range of disciplines related to management of forest ecosystems. Forestry Applications of Airborne Laser Scanning provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art review of the research and application of ALS in a broad range of forest-related disciplines, especially forest inventory and forest ecology.

However, Forestry Applications of Airborne Laser Scanning is more than just a collection of individual contributions – it consists of a well-composed blend of chapters dealing with fundamental methodological issues and contributions reviewing and illustrating the use of ALS within various domains of application. The reviews provide a comprehensive and unique overview of recent research and applications that researchers, students and practitioners in forest remote sensing and forest ecosystem assessment should consider as a useful reference text.


1. Introduction to forest applications of airborne laser scanning; Jari Vauhkonen et al.

PART I - Methodological issues
2. Laser pulse interaction with forest canopy - geometric and radiometric issues; Andreas Roncat et al.
3. Full-waveform airborne laser scanning systems and their possibilities in forest applications; Markus Hollaus et al.
4. Integrating airborne laser scanning with data from global navigation satellite systems and optical sensors; Ruben Valbuena
5. Segmentation of forest to tree objects; Barbara Koch et al.
6. The semi-individual tree crown approach; Johannes Breidenbach, Rasmus Astrup
7. Tree species recognition based on airborne laser scanning and complementary data sources; Jari Vauhkonen et al.
8. Estimation of biomass components by airborne laser scanning; Sorin C. Popescu, Marius Hauglin
9. Predicting tree diameter distributions; Matti Maltamo, Terje Gobakken
10. A model-based approach for the recovery of forest attributes using airborne laser scanning data; Lauri Mehtatalo et al.

PART II - Forest inventory applications
11. Area-based inventory in Norway - from innovation to an operational reality; Erik Nasset
12. Species specific management inventory in Finland; Matti Maltamo, Petteri Packalen
13. Inventory of forest plantations; Jari Vauhkonen et al.
14. Using airborne laser scanning data to support forest sample surveys; Ronald E. McRoberts et al.
15. Modeling and estimating change; Ronald E. McRoberts et al.
16. Valuation of airborne laser scanning based forest information; Annika Kangas et al.

PART III - Ecological applications
17. Assessing habitats and organism-habitat relationships by airborne laser scanning; Ross A. Hill et al.
18. Assessing biodiversity by airborne laser scanning; Jorg Muller, Kerri Vierling
19. Assessing dead wood by airborne laser scanning; Matti Maltamo et al.
20. Estimation of canopy cover, gap fraction and leaf area index with airborne laser scanning; Lauri Korhonen, Felix Morsdorf
21. Canopy gap detection and analysis with airborne laser scanning; Benoit St-Onge et al.
22. Applications of airborne laser scanning in forest fuel assessment and fire prevention; John Gajardo et al.


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