|Sponsor:||Millar Western Forest Products|
Object & Deliverables
The intent of this project was to acquire digital elevation data derived from airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) around Whitecourt, Alberta. In addition to LiDAR data, aerial photography was also part of the acquisition and delivery products.
The area for this Lidar project covered 11,244 km². This area covered the following Forest Management Units (FMU); W11, W13 and W15, WO1 and WO2. The knowledge gained from this project will further our understanding and development of LiDAR derived forest metrics and how they compare when looking at predicted versus actual data. The forest metrics include; tree heights, tree volume, piece size, stem density and quadratic mean diameter breast height.
These LiDAR forest metrics will allow forest professionals to make decisions that will ensure the sustainability of Alberta’s forest resources by ensuring stands are harvested at the optimal time within the planning cycle. These metrics will also allow forest professionals to prioritize stands within their harvesting schedule to meet the objectives set out in forest management plans.
The aerial photography will help resource professionals account for changes that are occurring on the landscape including both anthropogenic disturbances (land use dispositions, timber harvesting) and natural disturbances (fire, windthrow, insect and disease).