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Lidar Uses in Forestry Management

Presenter(s):  Mark Nigrelli

Abstract: 

Lidar data can provide a broad range of products that can better inform land managers about the landscapes that they manage. Within the Forest Service, we regularly produce several simple products that help resource specialists identify features of interest across the forests that they manage. We are also continuing to explore how emerging technologies and models that can better leverage the data we collect. This presentation will cover a range of examples showing how lidar is being used in the Forest Service. Examples will cover a broad spectrum of lidar derived products from bare earth elevation and canopy surface models to area-based regression models and individual tree identification.

Key Takeaway: I hope to provide a better understanding about how the Forest Service is currently utilizing lidar data and where we see the potential to integrate emerging modeling approaches into our workflows.

Intended Audience: GIS users interested in learning more about applications of lidar data

About the presenter(s): 

Mark Nigrelli has worked for the Forest Service since 2007 in various capacities ranging from recreation, wildlife, fire, and GIS. Mark has been the GIS specialist on the Forest Service Four Forest Restoration Initiative team since 2010. He earned his bachelor's degree in Biology & Biopsychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan in 2004 and graduate certificate in GIS from Northern Arizona University in 2011.

 

Mark Nigrelli has worked for the Forest Service since 2007 in various capacities ranging from recreation, wildlife, fire, and GIS. Mark has been the GIS specialist on the Forest Service Four Forest Restoration Initiative team since 2010. He earned his bachelor's degree in Biology & Biopsychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan in 2004 and graduate certificate in GIS from Northern Arizona University in 2011.