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Testing the simultaneous use of laser scanning and aerial image data for estimation of tree crown density  [2010]

Bikuviene, I., Lithuanian Univ. of Agriculture, Akademija, Kauno reg. (Lithuania) Mozgeris, G., Lithuanian Univ. of Agriculture, Akademija, Kauno reg. (Lithuania)

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This paper introduces the first test results to use laser scanning and high resolution digital colour infrared aerial image data to estimate average tree crown density at a sample plot level. General methodological framework based on two-phase sampling schemes, non-parametric estimators and satellite images as the auxiliary data sets was adopted for the use with airborne data sources. More than 400 circular sample plots were established and measured in a special research forest area near Kaunas, the central part of Lithuania. The tree crown density was visually estimated for every coniferous tree belonging to the 500 square m plot together with other conventional forest parameters. Two variants of digital colour infrared aerial images (ground sampling density 15 and 40 cm), LiDAR point clouds, based on 1 point/square m scanning density and two phase sampling approach with non-parametric k-nearest neighbour and most similar neighbour estimators were used to test the accuracies of tree crown density estimation at a sample plot level. Reliable estimates were found to be possible on pure coniferous stands only. Average tree crown density was estimated with the root mean square error around 17.5-18% at a sample plot level, bearing in mind average crown density around 64% for the whole study area. The estimates were unbiased. Integration of laser scanning based variables with the ones available from digital aerial images resulted in lowest estimation root mean s
quare errors. Laser scanning based variables used as the auxiliary data set independently resulted in better estimation errors than the variables available from digital colour infrared images.

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Research for Rural Development. International Scientific Conference Proceedings (Latvia)

ISSN : 1691-4031