SPL 100 LiDAR for Forest Analysis: Costs and Benefits
As new approaches to acquiring LiDAR come on to the market, it is important to test them and assess their value for key applications. MN DNR has conducted an ongoing forest inventory program for decades based off peak color 4 band imagery. The agency undertook to test the Leica Single Photon LiDAR (SPL100) in conjunction with 4 band peak fall color imagery to create the key datasets that can be used for forest inventory and management. This presentation reviews the approach taken to SPL LiDAR and the costs and benefits when compared to linear LiDAR when used for generation of forest management datasets.