On promoting the use of lidar systems in forest ecosystem research

Beland, Martin, Parker, Geoffrey, Sparrow, Ben, Harding, David, Chasmer, Laura, Phinn, Stuart, Antonarakis, Alexander and Strahler, Alan (2019) On promoting the use of lidar systems in forest ecosystem research. Forest Ecology and Management, 450 (117484). pp. 1-9. ISSN 0378-1127

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Abstract

Forest structure is an important driver of ecosystem dynamics, including the exchange of carbon, water and energy between canopies and the atmosphere. Structural descriptors are also used in numerous studies of ecological processes and ecosystem services. Over the last 20+ years, lidar technology has fundamentally changed the way we observe and describe forest structure, and it will continue to impact the ways in which we investigate and monitor the relations between forest structure and functions. Here we present the currently available lidar system types (ground, air, and space-based), we highlight opportunities and challenges associated with each system, as well as challenges associated with a wider use of lidar technology and wider availability of lidar derived products. We also suggest pathways for lidar to further contribute to addressing questions in forest ecosystem science and increase benefits to a wider community of researchers.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Research Centres and Groups: climate@sussex
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE300 Environmental management
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology > QH0540 Ecology
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Depositing User: Alexander Antonarakis
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2019 09:51
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2019 10:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/85259

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