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Development and Performance Evaluation of a Very Low-Cost UAV-Lidar System for Forestry Applications

Tianyu Hu, Xiliang Sun, Yanjun Su, Hongcan Guan, Qianhui Sun, Maggi Kelly, Qinghua Guo
2020 Remote Sensing  
Here, we developed a very low-cost UAV lidar system that integrates a recently emerged DJI Livox MID40 laser scanner (~$600 USD) and evaluated its capability in estimating both individual tree-level (i.e  ...  Despite its apparent weaknesses of limited sensitivity to low-intensity returns and narrow field of view, we believe that the very low-cost system developed by this study can largely broaden the potential  ...  Acknowledgments: We thank the Greenvalley International for providing four UAV lidar systems used for comparison. Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.  ... 
doi:10.3390/rs13010077 fatcat:zyqxoi4r6vfpvn25i6ymdufvd4

The Evaluation of Photogrammetry-Based DSM from Low-Cost UAV by LiDAR-Based DSM

Mateo Gašparović, Ante Seletković, Alen Berta, Ivan Balenović
2017 South-East European Forestry  
in Forest Inventory (3D-FORINVENT)" and IP-2016-06-5621 "Geospatial Monitoring of Green Infrastructure by Means of Terrestrial, Airborne and Satellite Imagery (GEMINI)".  ...  Acknowledgments This research has been supported by the Croatian Science Foundation under the projects IP-2016-06-7686 "Retrieval of Information from Different Optical 3D Remote Sensing Sources for Use  ...  COnCLUSiOnS This research confirmed great potential of images obtained by low-cost UAV for forestry applications, even if they are surveyed in non-optimal weather (windy and cloudy weather) and environmental  ... 
doi:10.15177/seefor.17-16 fatcat:muln2m6dkrfcdaaha6sh6kp6vi

The Use of Drones in Forestry

Tiberiu Paul Banu, Gheorghe Florian Borlea, Constantin Banu
2016 Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering B  
data that can be collected flexibly in a short time and at a relatively low price.  ...  These approaches have great potential in the near future applications and their quick implementation in a variety of situations is desirable for the sustainable management of forests.  ...  The increasing accessibility in terms of cost and size for LiDAR and infrared sensors along with data combining methodologies will highly improve the utilization of UAVS in forestry.  ... 
doi:10.17265/2162-5263/2016.11.007 fatcat:5p25eklwyrb5nmgggvwfaqqz4u

Structure from Motion (SfM) Photogrammetry with Drone Data: A Low Cost Method for Monitoring Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Forests in Developing Countries

Reason Mlambo, Iain Woodhouse, France Gerard, Karen Anderson
2017 Forests  
The aim of this study was to undertake a first evaluation of whether SfM from UAVs has potential as a low cost method for forest monitoring within developing countries in the context of Reducing Emissions  ...  The study concluded that although SfM from UAVs performs poorly in closed canopies, it can still provide a low cost solution in those developing countries where forests have sparse canopy cover (<50%)  ...  Author Contributions: France Gerard provided LiDAR data, Karen Anderson provided UAV imagery for the Meshaw site, Reason Mlambo performed the analysis and Iain H Woodhouse supervised the analysis.  ... 
doi:10.3390/f8030068 fatcat:cmw2rebsorhj5opu2q3wzerqi4

Individual Tree Crown Segmentation in Two-Layered Dense Mixed Forests from UAV LiDAR Data

Chiara Torresan, Federico Carotenuto, Ugo Chiavetta, Franco Miglietta, Alessandro Zaldei, Beniamino Gioli
2020 Drones  
This study investigates the potential of laser scanner data collected with a low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle laser scanner (UAV-LS), for individual tree crown (ITC) delineation to derive forest biometric  ...  Overall, while the application of UAV-LS to delineate tree crowns and estimate biometric parameters is satisfactory, its accuracy is affected by the presence of a multilayered and multispecies canopy that  ...  The aim of this study is to assess the capability of the low-cost UAV-LS system developed in [ 14 ] to obtain structural and dendrometric parameters in a complex layered forest.  ... 
doi:10.3390/drones4020010 doaj:61999b7495e24d2c9e3faff504146ce9 fatcat:t452ueqetvgrnkxefbr7qvdzbm

Forestry Remote Sensing from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: A Review Focusing on the Data, Processing and Potentialities

Nathalie Guimarães, Luís Pádua, Pedro Marques, Nuno Silva, Emanuel Peres, Joaquim J. Sousa
2020 Remote Sensing  
Currently, climate change poses a global threat, which may compromise the sustainability of agriculture, forestry and other land surface systems.  ...  In a changing world scenario, the economic importance of Remote Sensing (RS) to monitor forests and agricultural resources is imperative to the development of agroforestry systems.  ...  Forest ecosystems are very dynamic, being extremely important to the acquisition of the use of UAVs for forestry applications.  ... 
doi:10.3390/rs12061046 fatcat:a3kilrfjcrbqhmgwjmse5nhr3a

Dense point cloud extraction from UAV captured images in forest area

Wang Tao, Yan Lei, Peter Mooney
2011 Proceedings 2011 IEEE International Conference on Spatial Data Mining and Geographical Knowledge Services  
However, the density of LIDAR data is low, the acquisition of LIDAR data is often very expensive, and it is difficult to be utilised in small areas.  ...  LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) is widely used in forestry applications to obtain information about tree density, composition, change, etc.  ...  Overall, it is a low-cost system when compared to LIDAR systems. However, the images captured by the UVA are of low resolution.  ... 
doi:10.1109/icsdm.2011.5969071 dblp:conf/icsdm/TaoLM11 fatcat:lo5c6sxcnnbkdamdvvnbgcxhgu

Unimodal and Multimodal Perception for Forest Management: Review and Dataset

Daniel Queirós da da Silva, Filipe Neves dos dos Santos, Armando Jorge Sousa, Vítor Filipe, José Boaventura-Cunha
2021 Computation  
Advanced perception systems are needed because they can enable the development of robotic and machinery solutions to accomplish a smarter, more precise, and sustainable forestry.  ...  This article presents a state-of-the-art review about unimodal and multimodal perception in forests, detailing the current developed work about perception using a single type of sensors (unimodal) and  ...  The robot achieves autonomous navigation by collecting a sparse point cloud of tree trunks using a low-cost LiDAR and gyroscope; the center points of the trees are acquired; then, the points are connected  ... 
doi:10.3390/computation9120127 fatcat:m6e75lzcn5dpbh54xbszzgoiri

Evaluating the Performance of Photogrammetric Products Using Fixed-Wing UAV Imagery over a Mixed Conifer–Broadleaf Forest: Comparison with Airborne Laser Scanning

Sadeepa Jayathunga, Toshiaki Owari, Satoshi Tsuyuki
2018 Remote Sensing  
Despite the potential of UAVs in forestry applications, very few studies have included detailed analyses of UAV photogrammetric products at larger scales or over a range of forest types, including mixed  ...  Therefore, UAV platforms represent a low-cost remote sensing alternative to airborne and satellite platforms and enable the production of cost-effective data with an unrivalled combination of spatial and  ...  , Shinya Inukai, Takashi Inoue, Yoshinori Eguchi, Yuji Nakagawa, Yuji Niwa, and Yukihiro Koike-for their contribution in field and UAV data collection.  ... 
doi:10.3390/rs10020187 fatcat:tljvxucdwvg4db7boqkiycfl7u

Recent Advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Forest Remote Sensing—A Systematic Review. Part II: Research Applications

Riccardo Dainelli, Piero Toscano, Salvatore Filippo Di Gennaro, Alessandro Matese
2021 Forests  
Due to the progress in platforms and sensors and the opening of the dedicated market, unmanned aerial vehicle–remote sensing (UAV–RS) is improving its key role in the forestry sector as a tool for sustainable  ...  applications and for enabling data interoperability.  ...  They estimate a total cost, including field crew, of about EUR 9300 for UAV-ALS and EUR 6800 for UAV-DAP.  ... 
doi:10.3390/f12040397 fatcat:6mtlejuku5c3xbx2eq7inpdjse

The Potential of Widespread UAV Cameras in the Identification of Conifers and the Delineation of Their Crowns

Jan Komárek, Petr Klápště, Karel Hrach, Tomáš Klouček
2022 Forests  
We conclude that widely used low-cost RGB cameras yield very satisfactory results for the description of the structural forest information at a 150 m flight altitude.  ...  We performed several flights with different UAVs and popular sensors over two sites with coniferous forests of various ages and flight levels using the custom settings preset by solution suppliers.  ...  Acknowledgments: We would like to thank David Balhar for organising and performing the aerial surveys and Dominika Gulková for measuring the crown diameters.  ... 
doi:10.3390/f13050710 fatcat:a2nsaie64vhydeovifbfdlqnam

Development of a UAV-LiDAR System with Application to Forest Inventory

Luke Wallace, Arko Lucieer, Christopher Watson, Darren Turner
2012 Remote Sensing  
We present the development of a low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-Light Detecting and Ranging (UAV-LiDAR) system and an accompanying workflow to produce 3D point clouds.  ...  The TerraLuma UAV-LiDAR system has been developed to take advantage of these properties and in doing so overcome some of the current limitations of the use of this technology within the forestry industry  ...  The Australian Antarctic Division are acknowledged for providing work shop time in the construction of the mounting system.  ... 
doi:10.3390/rs4061519 fatcat:q5dss4knlzggdi467rqlrptig4

Advances in Forest Robotics: A State-of-the-Art Survey

Luiz F. P. Oliveira, António P. Moreira, Manuel F. Silva
2021 Robotics  
The development of robotic systems to operate in forest environments is of great relevance for the public and private sectors.  ...  After conducting critical analysis, the main characteristics observed were: (a) the locomotion system is directly affected by the type of environmental monitoring to be performed; (b) different reasons  ...  Acknowledgments: The authors would like to thank the following individuals and institutions for giving permission to reprint the figures and photographs presented in this paper: Figure Conflicts  ... 
doi:10.3390/robotics10020053 fatcat:dztuv2zsmzdtpklzfqfhp4kcmu

Design a Web Platform to manage environmental monitoring information to be used in multicriteria evaluations of Green Infrastructures

R Gallo, G Ristorto, A Bojeri, N Zorzi, M F Rinaldi, G Sauli, F Mazzetto
2019 IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environment  
The aim of the WEQUAL project "WEb service centre for QUALity multidimensional design and tele-operated monitoring of Green Infrastructures") is the development of a system able to support a quick environmental  ...  Through some automatic procedures, accessible via a suitable web platform, a set of algorithms may be applied to process raw data collected by an UAV (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle) equipped with a 3D Lidar  ...  Acknowledgements Research funded by the program EFRE-FESR 2014-2020 for South Tyrol -WEQUAL Project -CUP I52F16000840005.  ... 
doi:10.1088/1755-1315/275/1/012005 fatcat:ajcybdf5w5cxzhbbkxydj52yzu

Individual Tree Detection from Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Derived Canopy Height Model in an Open Canopy Mixed Conifer Forest

Midhun Mohan, Carlos Silva, Carine Klauberg, Prahlad Jat, Glenn Catts, Adrián Cardil, Andrew Hudak, Mahendra Dia
2017 Forests  
This study evaluates the applicability of low consumer grade cameras attached to UAVs and structure-from-motion (SfM) algorithm for automatic individual tree detection (ITD) using a local-maxima based  ...  For each plot, the number of trees was counted manually using the UAV-derived orthomosaic for reference.  ...  In particular, UAV equipped with consumer-grade onboard system camera and different sensors have been used to estimate tree counts, tree heights and crowns measurements due to its low cost and faster performance  ... 
doi:10.3390/f8090340 fatcat:fnudply7urdzjj27zge3fxhewy
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