Terrestrial Laser Scanners (TLS) are increasingly being used to estimate Ecosystem Properties, or augment and validate Ecosystem Properties established by traditional remoting sensing methods. We present our work, utilizing a lightweight TLS optimized for deployment flexibility and rapid scanning (the Compact Biomass Lidar - CBL), in diverse and challenging ecosystems, including temperate and tropical forests, mangroves and saltmarshes. In particular, we will highlight data synthesis of TLS with the NASA Goddard's Lidar Hyperspectral and Thermal (GLiHT) instrument package to provide novel observations of ecosystem properties in highly dynamic saltmarshes at the Plum Island Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site (MA, USA).
About the Speaker:
Ian Paynter is a PhD candidate in the Crystal Schaaf’s Research Lab in the School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has a MS in Marine Science and Technology (School of Marine Sciences, University of Massachusetts) and a BSc. Hons. in Zoology (University of Wales, Aberystwyth). The Schaaf lab addresses ecological questions through the integration of remote sensing resources with traditional field techniques and emerging modelling approaches. Ian's work is centered around the augmentation and validation of satellite and airborne remote sensing observations of ecosystem properties with ground-based data, including from Terrestrial Laser Scanners.