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Research Call

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DAFM Award

DAFM National Call 2017 17 C 250 UCD €199,978

Project Title:

LIFOR: LiDAR Integrated FORecasting

Project Coordinator:

Prof Maarten Nieuwenhuis

Project Abstract

The methods used to provide estimates of current and projected timber availability from private forests in Ireland have their limitations. The LiFOR project will develop a framework that uses aerial laser scanning to improve productivity estimates, both in terms of forest growth rates and productive forest area. The project aims to develop a new, automated procedure to convert laser-based tree canopy height estimates into the Top Height stand parameter used in Irish forestry for estimating forest productivity. The project will produce a more accurate method for estimating private forest productivity and timber forecasting for a range of species. Remsoft, a forest modelling software package, will be used for forecast evaluations. With the more accurate information, the timber processors can better plan for the utilisation of the increasing private timber supply over the period 2016 – 2035. The project also will build capacity in Ireland in this fast-developing area of remote sensing.

Final Report:

Not available yet