Prof. Eric Næsset's seminar

Mercoledì, 23 Maggio 2018 dalle ore 10:30 alle ore 12:00

Room 6302 PRC building

TITLE. Applications and research on airborne LiDAR in forest environments

ABSTRACT. Almost 25 years of research has resulted in a number of operational applications of airborne laser scanning (ALS) in management of forest lands, while other potential applications still are in the research domain. Wall-to-wall forest management inventory is among the success stories, with 10s of thousands of square kilometers mapped annually – covering forests from the seedling stage to old-growth forests. Mapping of cultural remains in forest environments is another area of operational use of ALS, while topics such habitat characterization for birds and mammals, vegetation mapping for biodiversity monitoring, monitoring of effects of climate and land use change on the forest-alpine ecotones, mapping and monitoring of undisturbed forests and blacklisted alien tree species are still in the research domain. This presentation will introduce some of the areas of research and application on ALS in forests in the Nordic countries, with a specific focus on Norway – a country that pioneered the use of ALS in operational forest management.

SPEAKER. Erik Næsset  


Erik Næsset received the MSc degree in forestry and the PhD degree in forest inventory from the Agricultural University of Norway, Norway, in 1983 and 1992, respectively, and he has been a chaired professor of forest inventory at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences since 1997. His major field of research is forest inventory and remote sensing, with particular focus on operational management inventories, sample surveys, photogrammetry, and airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR). He has played a major role in developing and implementing airborne LiDAR in operational forest inventory. In 2011, he was awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize for his path-breaking work on use of LiDAR in forest management. He has been the Leader and Coordinator of more than 60 research programs and projects funded by the National Research Council of Norway, the European Union, and the private forest industry. He has published more than 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. His teaching includes lectures and courses in forest inventory, remote sensing, geographic information systems, forest planning, and sampling techniques.