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High- Versus Low-Density LiDAR in a Double-Sample Forest Inventory

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Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data at 0.5- and 1-m postings were used in a double-sample forest inventory on Louisiana State University's Lee Experimental Forest, Louisiana. Phase 2 plots were established with DGPS. Tree dbh (>4.5 in.) and two sample heights (minimum and maximum dbh) were measured on every 10th plot of the phase 1 sample. Volume was computed for natural and planted pine and mixed hardwood species. LiDAR trees were selected with focal filter procedures and heights computed as the height difference between interpolated canopy and DEM surfaces. Dbh-height and ground-LiDAR height models were used to predict dbh from adjusted LiDAR height and compute ground and LiDAR estimates of ft2 basal area and ft3 volume. Phase 1 LiDAR estimates were computed by randomly assigning heights to species classes using the probability distribution from ground plots in each inventory strata. Phase 2 LiDAR estimates were computed by randomly assigning heights to species-product groups using a Monte Carlo simulation for each ground plot. There was no statistical difference between high-versus low-density LiDAR estimates on adjusted mean volume estimates (sampling errors of 8.16 versus 7.60% without height adjustment and 8.98 versus 8.63% with height adjustment). Low-density LiDAR surfaces without height adjustment produced the lowest sampling errors for stratified and nonstratified, double-sample volume estimates. South. J. Appl. For. 28(4):205–210.

Keywords: LiDAR; double-sample; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; inventory; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Forestry, Forest and Wildlife Research Center Mississippi State University Mississippi State MS 39762 Phone: (662) 325-2775;, Fax: (662) 325-8726, Email: rparker@cfr.msstate.edu 2: Department of Forestry, Forest and Wildlife Research Center Mississippi State University Mississippi State MS 39762

Publication date: November 1, 2004

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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