Browsing Conservation Science Publications by Subject "TECHNOLOGIAL INNOVATIONS"
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Mapping open space in an old-growth, secondary-growth, and selectively-logged tropical rainforest using discrete return LIDARLight detection and ranging (LIDAR) is a valuable tool for mapping vegetation structure in dense forests. Although several LIDAR-derived metrics have been proposed for characterizing vertical forest structure in previous studies, none of these metrics explicitly measure open space, or vertical gaps, under a forest canopy. We develop new LIDAR metrics that characterize vertical gaps within a forest for use in forestry and forest management applications....