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Short-range remote sensing in precision forestry

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Breakout 3
Wednesday, September 11, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Downer Room

Speaker

Dr Guillermo Castilla
Remote Sensing Research Scientist
Natural Resources Canada

Artificial Intelligence on Aerial Imagery (AI2) for individual tree inventory in mixed boreal forests: is it better to work on the individual drone photos or the orthomosaic?

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Abstract

Biography

Guillermo Castilla is a Spanish Forest Engineer who specialised in Remote Sensing thanks to a fellowship in the European Space Agency. He moved to Canada in 2006 as a Posdoctoral Fellow of the Geography Department of the University of Calgary, where he later became an adjunct professor. In 2014 he took a remote sensing scientist position in the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton, where he now leads a small group of forest researchers. Guillermo integrates geospatial technologies, including drones, to map and monitor land cover, forest structure and composition, and natural and anthropogenic disturbances in support of forest ecosystems and climate change science and policy
Dr Shangshu Cai
Chinese Academy of Forestry

Three-Dimensional Branch Modelling of Coniferous Forest plots using UAV-LiDAR Data

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Abstract

Biography

Branch architecture is pivotal in the physical and ecological dynamics of forests, significantly impacting the spatial configuration of forests, as well as the storage, generation and distribution of organic carbon. Quantifying branch architecture of large-scale forest plots has yet to advance significantly, due to the absence of effective automated techniques. The advent of unmanned aerial vehicle-light detection and ranging (UAV-LiDAR) technology offers significant potential to overcome the limitation. Because of the inadequate quality of UAV-LiDAR data, existing algorithms for branch modelling are highly challenging. This study aims to develop an effective branch modelling algorithm using UAV-LiDAR data for branch architecture quantification. The proposed algorithm successfully automates the quantification of branch architecture in coniferous forest plots. It offers a valuable tool for improving leaf area index estimation, tree breeding, tree species classification, and ecological understanding.
Miss Susana Gonzalez Aracil
Remote Sensing Team Leader, LiDAR Engineer
Interpine Group Ltd

Precision Silviculture: Real-Time Thinning Assessment

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Abstract

Biography

Susana Gonzalez is a Remote Sensing Team Leader at Interpine. She has over a decade’s experience in remote sensing predominantly in the forestry sector. She has a breadth of capture and processing experience across an array of reality capture methods, including UAV photogrammetry, airborne LiDAR and terrestrial laser scanning data. She is an expert in point cloud analysis. Her current work focuses on tree volumetric calculations for the forest industry, predominantly utilising LAStools and python.
Dr Monica Herrero Huerta
Universidad De Salamanca

4D Detailes Forest Mapping by UAV-Based Structure-From-Motion Photogammetry

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

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Biography

Dr Herrero Huerta is a Civil Engineering with an international PhD entitled 'Close-Range Photogrammetry applied to Agroforestry Engineering' from the University of Salamanca (SP, 2016), She has a postdoctoral studies at TUDELF (NL) and at PURDUE UNIVERSITY (IN, USA). Currently, She is a distinguished researcher at the University of Salamanca (SP) The focus of my research is applying imaging techniques including LiDAR and SAR (at terrestrial, aerial and satellite level) together with sensor networks to Plant Science in order to building next-generation agriculture and forest decision support systems. if you would like to learn more about my professional career, please, explore her personal website: https://monicaherrerohuerta.webnode.com/
Mr Benjamin Wild
Phd Student/University assistant
Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation / TU Wien

Crowdsourced Forest Information for Improving Forest aboveground Biomass estimates

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

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Biography

Benjamin Wild, born in 1996, works as a PhD student and university assistant at the Department for Geodesy and Geoinformation at Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien). He earned his Master’s degree in Geodesy and Geoinformation from TU Wien in 2021. Until 2021, he was part of the Climate and Environmental Remote Sensing research unit, where he developed and published the first global microwave-remote sensing based Gross Primary Productivity (GPP) dataset (VODCA2GPP). Later, he joined the photogrammetry research unit at the same department and contributed to the graffiti-centered academic project INDIGO. Since September 2023, he has been involved in the Citizen Science research project Citizens for Copernicus (C4C), focusing on smartphone-based solutions for gathering high-quality in-situ data through citizen-based crowdsourcing.
Mr Robin JL Hartley
Senior Geospatial Scientist
Scion Research

Objective branch characterisation of forestry trials using PLS - the tool we’ve been waiting for?

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

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Biography

Robin Hartley is a Senior Geospatial Scientist at Scion, specialising in leveraging cutting-edge close-range remote sensing technologies such as UAVs and backpack laser scanners for forestry applications. An accomplished early-career researcher, Robin's work has been recognised with accolades including awards from Forest Growers Research in 2019 for Communication and Sector Engagement in 2023 and for Science of International Quality in 2019 as part of a multi-disciplinary phenotyping team. In 2020, he co-led Scion’s Geomatics Team to win the Team Award at the Science New Zealand awards. With nearly a decade of experience in forestry remote sensing and research, Robin's research interests span forest phenotyping, inventory and precision forestry. Notable achievements include his pivotal role in fostering adoption of UAV technology in the New Zealand forestry sector and founding the Tools For Foresters focus group, aimed at democratising UAV technology in the forestry sector.
Carlos Cabo

Chairperson

Biography

Martin Mokros
Czech University of Life Sciences

Chairperson

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Prof Krzysztof Stereńczak
Team Leader
IDEAS NCBR Sp. z oo

Chairperson

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