Terrestrial Laser Scanning

The main advantage of a Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) survey is its ability to capture a 3-D image of the forest structure. Several studies have shown that TLS can measure vegetation parameters such as Diameter-at-Brest-Height (DBH), tree height, leaf area index (LAI), and non-explicit parameters such as wood-to-total-tree area, leaf-to-total-tree area, basal area, stem density, and Aboveground Biomass (ABG) in juvenile trees. Recently, a TLS survey was conducted in the mangrove of the Everglades in south Florida, the first of it’s kind for mangrove forests.

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