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Automated airborne lidar-based assessment of timber measurements for forest management

Marek B. Zaremba / Frédérik Doyon / Jean-François Senécal
Published Online: 2012-10-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10270-012-0027-8


This paper presents processing and analysis techniques to apply LiDAR data to estimate tree diameter at breast height (DBH) - a critical variable applied in a large number of forest management tasks. Our analysis focuses on the estimation of DBH using only LiDAR-derived tree height and tree crown dimensions, i.e., variables accessible from aerial observations. The modeling process was performed using 161 white and red pine trees from four 3850 m2 plots in the Forˆet de l’Aigle located in southwestern Quebec. Segments of the LiDAR data extracted for DBH estimation were obtained using the Individual Tree Crown (ITC) delineation method. Regression models were investigated using height as well as crown dimensions, which increased the precision of the model. This study demonstrates that DBH can be modeled to acceptable accuracy using altimetry data and automated data processing procedures and then be used in high-precision timber volume assessment.

Keywords: forest mensuration; LiDAR; remote sensing,terrain modeling; tree crown; timber volume modeling; white pine.

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Published Online: 2012-10-23

Published in Print: 2012-10-01

Citation Information: Management and Production Engineering Review, Volume 3, Issue 3, Pages 79–85, ISSN (Online) , DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10270-012-0027-8.

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