Use of LiDAR in Rainforest Management

Velodyne LiDAR's are some of the best, and lightest in the world. They were used extensively in DARPA's different robotics challenge.
Velodyne LiDAR’s are some of the best, and lightest in the world. They were used extensively in DARPA’s different robotics challenge.

Monica England, our marketing director, found this great article on how LiDAR mounted to a sUAS was used in a very challenging environment to accurately measure properties of the forest.  The quantity and quality of data that comes from gathering point cloud data with sUAS systems is shown to be very useful.

In the specific case of having to operate under a forest canopy where normal data collection methods (full scale helicopters or fixed wing aircraft) would not be able to penetrate the canopy.

Aerial MOB’s vegetation management service aims to bring this cutting edge service to every day work that is familiar across our country.  The arborists, landscapers and landscape designers will all be able to use this data gathering tool.  These tools will be used to provide better estimates to clients, provide information to vegetation managers to allow for precision pruning of our urban forests and to measure / plan the growth of these assets.

Science Direct Article