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Using LiDAR to identify tree species
Author(s): Michael J. Parlow; Trevor B. Hooper

Paper Abstract

Object Raku’s Tree Species Identifier (TSI) is a multi-faceted and automated process that analyzes LiDAR point cloud data to determine the location and species of individual trees. TSI is a system designed to readily incorporate any tree species and the code was written to enable an almost limitless species catalog. TSI provides stem-based information and has been tested & validated on over 2,000,000 hectares of timber area and has segmented over 650 million trees. TSI outputs adhere to standard GIS specifications and so can be easily integrated into existing GIS networks and applications. TSI requires LiDAR data with point density exceeding 10 pts/m2 and does not require correlated imagery or other remote sensing data. In this paper we describe the process and highlight the challenges and results from an operational case study.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2018
Proc. SPIE 10790, Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications IX, 1079018 (11 October 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2326569
Show Author Affiliations
Michael J. Parlow, Object Raku Technology Inc. (Canada)
Trevor B. Hooper, Object Raku Technology Inc. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10790:
Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications IX
Ulrich Michel; Karsten Schulz, Editor(s)

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