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Ecologists compare accuracy of lidar technologies for monitoring forest vegetation

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As light detection and ranging (lidar) technology evolves, forest ecology and ecological restoration researchers have been using these tools in a wide range of applications. “We needed an accounting of relative accuracy and errors among lidar platforms within a range of forest types and structural configurations,” said associate professor Andrew Sánchez Meador, executive director of NAU’s Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI). Sánchez …

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Scanning the forest from the ground, the air and from space!

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For many years, Dr Christine Stone of the NSW Department of Primary Industries has been leading research projects around the use of remote platforms equipped with various types of sensors to capture high-resolution data that will aid forest management. The technology has become operational in plantation forestry in support of research assessment and planning and detection of animal habitats. It …

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CSIRO opens satellite offering for Aussie Earth observation

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This will mark the first time Australia has managed its own source of Earth observation data, contributing to the growth of the nation’s space industry.  The satellite can take images of the Earth through all weather conditions, including heavy cloud and smoke, offering a valuable data advantage to the many industries now harnessing the estimated $2.5 billion in economic benefits …

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UK forestry manager to manage Australian estate

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Gresham House is pleased to announce that it will be appointed as asset manager for a 24,800-hectare Australian forestry investment, Green Triangle Forest Products (GTFP), which AXA IM Alts has agreed to acquire, subject to regulatory approval, on behalf of clients. Gresham House also acted as the advisor for AXA IM Alts in relation to this transaction. The appointment as …

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New entrant secures 24,000 ha of Australian pine

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Investment house AXA IM has taken control of 24,000 hectares of pine plantations straddling the border between Victoria and South Australia in a $775 million deal with US fund manager Global Forest Partners, the biggest timber transaction in the country for more than a decade. The acquisition is the first investment in Australian forestry for AXA IM, which manages almost …

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Seed-dropping drone being trialed

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A New Zealand team hopes a drone dropping thousands of seeds over the Hūnua ranges could provide a boost to native reforestation efforts. RNZ reporter Louise Ternouth and cameraman Nick Monro were there for its launch. If the trial works, the drone-testing team say New Zealand could be progressing on the government’s ambitious goal of 1 billion trees planted by …

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Lidar Crop Classification with Data Fusion and Machine Learning

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A recent South African study created crop type maps using Lidar, Sentinel-2 and aerial data along with several machine learning classification algorithms for differentiating four crop types in an intensively cultivated area. Crop type maps are frequently generated using remotely sensed data acquired by sensors mounted on satellites, manned aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’), the most popular …

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Mechanised planting technologies being profiled

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Last year, for the first time since the annual ForestTECH series started back in 2007, the technology event ran two separate themes over two days. The usual focus for the end of year series run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) is on remote sensing, data capture, GIS, mapping and forest inventory technologies. Insights into new data collection technologies …