Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Lucy Schofield's three minute thesis presentation

As part of the University of Salford's Postgraduate Annual Research conference (SPARC) Lucy entered the 'Three minute thesis completion' and you can see the video here. The standard of the presentations was very high and Lucy almost won...

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

TLSIIG forum at RSPSoc 2015 conference

Mark Danson (Salford University, UK) and Crystal Schaaf (University of Massachusetts Boston) hosted a Terrestrial Laser Scanner International Interest Group (TLSIIG) forum as part of the Annual Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) held this year in Southampton (8-11 September). Mark and Crystal described the origins and work of the TLSIIG and a lively discussion followed. On the last day of the conference TLSIIG members Lucy Walker, Mark Danson, Rachel Gaulton and Mat Disney contributed to the excellent "Forestry" session chaired by Professor Ross Hill (Bournemouth University) and all talked about the wide range of research currently underway with TLS.

Monday, 3 August 2015

3D analysis of hedgerow structure with SALCA

Mark Danson was in Cambridgeshire last week helping out with a Newcastle University and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) project to assess the 3D structure of hedgerows for biodiversity management. Dr Rachel Gaulton and PhD researcher Lyndsey Graham are working with Drs France Gerard and Jo Staley from CEH, Wallingford, UK. The test site on Wimpole Estate is a 200 m section of hedgerow that has undergone a range of management treatments. SALCA was used to measure 18 different stretches of hedgerow, along with Newcastle's Leica scanner. Lyndsey and the team measured a wide range of ecological parameters and will now assess the laser scanner data for characterising hedgerow structure.
Rachel sets up SALCA at one of the hedgerow plots

Lyndsey sets up the Leica

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Assessing tree condition with University of Lancaster

A new research collaboration with the University of Lancaster saw SALCA measuring trees at a test site near Silverdale in Lancashire. Jon Murray, a second year PhD researcher, supervised by Dr Alan Blackburn, is testing the use of TLS for assessing tree condition. He has used a Riegl system so far and now with the help of Mark and Fadal he will test the use of data from the dual-wavelength full-waveform SALCA instrument. Look out for results in the near future.
Jon Murray (U of Lancaster) and Fadal Sasse (U of Salford) measure an Oak in "good condition" with SALCA

Monday, 25 May 2015

New paper tests SALCA data processing algorithm

A new paper, led by Steve Hancock, has just been published in Remote Sensing of Environment comparing different methods for intensity estimation from full-waveform lidar data over vegetation. The paper shows, amongst other things, that the the 'sum' method is more accurate than Gaussian fitting when extracting intensity from full-waveform lidar data. Steve was instrumental in developing data processing methods for SALCA and the sum method is now routinely implemented in our data processing.
Steven Hancock, John Armston, Zhan Li, Rachel Gaulton, Philip Lewis, Mathias Disney, F. Mark Danson, Alan Strahler, Crystal Schaaf, Karen Anderson, Kevin J. Gaston, 2015, Waveform lidar over vegetation: An evaluation of inversion methods for estimating return energy, Remote Sensing of Environment, 164, 208-224, 
Science Direct link to pdf
ResearchGate link

New researcher joins the SALCA team

The Salford SALCA team has a new member, Fadal Sasse, who joins as a PhD researcher from Libya. Fadal, also know as Sasse, has an MSc in Environmental Science from the Diponegoro University, Semarang, Indonesia, where his thesis was on forest community structure in the Sungai Langat Forest Reserve, Selangor. Sasse will undertake research to better characterize forest structure and species composition using terrestrial laser scanners, initially continuing to work at UK test sites, and possibly developing the work in tropical forest environments. He will use the SALCA instrument and focus on the spectral information available from the dual-wavelength instrument, and aim to combine this with measurements from other TLS measuring in visible wavelengths. 

Sasse and Lucy collecting SALCA data at Delamere Forest

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

SALCA talk in Brazil

Last week Mark Danson contributed to a workshop on Biodiversity Monitoring organized by The Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The University of Salford team presented their research on various aspects of biodiversity monitoring including Mark's presentation on "Forest biodiversity Indicators from novel terrestrial laser scanners". Other participants included Marcio Uehara Prado and Samuel Nienow from the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversty Conservation (ICMBio), part of the Brazilian governments' Ministry of the Environment. There were around 70 participants from Universities in Minas Gerais and from a range of other national organizations.

Round table at the FAPEMIG meeting

Mark Danson at the FAPEMIG meeting

US National Science Foundation funds collaborative research on ecological applications of terrestrial laser scanning

International funding from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) has been secured to support work to measure and monitor change in terrestrial biomass and carbon in forest environments. Researchers from the School of Environment and Life Sciences will join an international network of scientists developing new approaches to measure forest structure and function using terrestrial laser scanners (TLS). TLS provide detailed three-dimensional measurements of forests by firing millions of laser pulses up into the canopy and recording information that can be used to monitor changes in forest biomass with unprecedented accuracy. Salford has been at the forefront of TLS research for several years and the team lead by Professor Mark Danson recently developed the Salford Advance Canopy Analyser (SALCA), a novel TLS that has produced the most detailed measurements of forest structure ever made.

As part of the $500,000 NSF grant the Salford team will take part in collaborative workshops and TLS inter-calibration activities in the US, and host meetings of the project group in Salford.  Exchange of staff between the US participants at the University of Boston, and University of Massachsetts, and the University of Salford will also take place. Professor Danson is a member of the project Steering Committee that will guide project development. The project is led by Professor Alan Strahler from the University of Boston and includes groups from University College London, UK, University of Wageningen, Netherlands, and University of Queensland, Australia. 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Video Collection

Here's a collection of TLS videos from partners and collaborators

ABC video TLSIIG work in 2013

Forest Research a Year in the Life of an Oak tree for the BBC

Tampere University of Technology 3D forest information

SALCA overview of SALCA in action in Australia and UK

Friday, 16 January 2015

Leaf area profile data for Alice Holt

The first results of the leaf area profiles derived for the destructively sampled trees at Alice Holt in 2014 are now available. These results will be published in full in due course but are provided here for collaborators and others interested in the work. Thanks to Dr Eric Casella of Forest Research for coordinating the work and for the 'volunteers' from UCL, Salford University and Forest Research for picking the leaves!

Leaf area profile for Large Oak - total LAI 4.17 (SALCA scan to the left)

For more information contact Dr Eric Casella, 
Forest Research, Alice Holt Lodge, Farnham,Surrey GU10 4LH, UK