LiDAR: Providing structure

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
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Abstract

Since the days of MacArthur, three-dimensional (3-D) structural information on the environment has fundamentally transformed scientific understanding of ecological phenomena (MacArthur and MacArthur 1961). Early data on ecosystem structure were painstakingly laborious to collect. However, as reviewed and reported in recent volumes of Frontiers(eg Vierling et al. 2008; Asner et al.2011), advances in light detection and ranging (LiDAR) remote-sensing technology provide quantitative and repeatable measurements of 3-D ecosystem structure that enable novel ecological insights at scales ranging from the plot, to the landscape, to the globe. Indeed, annual publication of studies using LiDAR to interpret ecological phenomena increased 17-fold during the past decade, with over 180 new studies appearing in 2010 (ISI Web of Science search conducted on 23 Mar 2011: [{lidar AND ecol*} OR {lidar AND fores*} OR {lidar AND plant*}]).

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title LiDAR: Providing structure
Series title Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
DOI 10.1890/11.WB.009
Volume 9
Issue 5
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 2 p.
First page 261
Last page 262