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Forestry Applications of Airborne Laser Scanning

Concepts and Case Studies

  • Matti Maltamo
  • Erik Næsset
  • Jari Vauhkonen


  • First comprehensive textbook about forest applications of airborne laser scanning

  • The writers of the book are worldwide known experts of the area

  • All topics are covered from both theoretical and practical perspectives


Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jari Vauhkonen, Matti Maltamo, Ronald E. McRoberts, Erik Næsset
    Pages 1-16
  3. Methodological Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Andreas Roncat, Felix Morsdorf, Christian Briese, Wolfgang Wagner, Norbert Pfeifer
      Pages 19-41
    3. Markus Hollaus, Werner Mücke, Andreas Roncat, Norbert Pfeifer, Christian Briese
      Pages 43-61
    4. Barbara Koch, Teja Kattenborn, Christoph Straub, Jari Vauhkonen
      Pages 89-112
    5. Johannes Breidenbach, Rasmus Astrup
      Pages 113-133
    6. Jari Vauhkonen, Hans Ole Ørka, Johan Holmgren, Michele Dalponte, Johannes Heinzel, Barbara Koch
      Pages 135-156
    7. Sorin C. Popescu, Marius Hauglin
      Pages 157-175
    8. Matti Maltamo, Terje Gobakken
      Pages 177-191
    9. Lauri Mehtätalo, Jukka Nyblom, Anni Virolainen
      Pages 193-211
  4. Forest Inventory Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Matti Maltamo, Petteri Packalen
      Pages 241-252
    3. Jari Vauhkonen, Jan Rombouts, Matti Maltamo
      Pages 253-268
    4. Ronald E. McRoberts, Hans-Erik Andersen, Erik Næsset
      Pages 269-292
    5. Ronald E. McRoberts, Ole Martin Bollandsås, Erik Næsset
      Pages 293-313
    6. Annika Kangas, Tron Eid, Terje Gobakken
      Pages 315-331
  5. Ecological Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333

About this book


Airborne laser scanning (ALS) has emerged as one of the most promising remote sensing technologies to provide data for research and operational applications in a wide range of disciplines related to management of forest ecosystems. This book provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art review of the research and application of ALS in a broad range of forest-related disciplines. However, this book is more than just a collection of individual contributions – it consists of a well-composed blend of chapters dealing with fundamental methodological issues and contributions reviewing and illustrating the use of ALS within various domains of application.

The main aim of this book is to provide the scientific and technical background of ALS with a particular focus on applicability in operational forestry. Most of the chapters are devoted to applications in forest inventory and forest ecology such as forest management inventory and assessments of canopy cover, habitats and organism-habitat relationships. Many of the chapters focus on boreal forests simply because methods were initially developed for boreal conditions. However, examples show the most common applications of ALS at various geographical scales; from individual trees, to forest stands, regions and nations. The reviews provide a comprehensive and unique overview of recent research and applications that researchers, students and practitioners of forest remote sensing and forest ecosystem assessment should consider as a useful reference text.


Biomass Environmental applications Forest inventory Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Tree species

Editors and affiliations

  • Matti Maltamo
    • 1
  • Erik Næsset
    • 2
  • Jari Vauhkonen
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Forest SciencesUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland
  2. 2.Department of Ecology and Natural Resource ManagementNorwegian University of Life SciencesÅsNorway
  3. 3.Department of Forest SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Forestry Applications of Airborne Laser Scanning
  • Book Subtitle Concepts and Case Studies
  • Editors Matti Maltamo
    Erik Næsset
    Jari Vauhkonen
  • Series Title Managing Forest Ecosystems
  • Series Abbreviated Title Managing Forest Ecosyst.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-017-8662-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0611-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-8663-8
  • Series ISSN 1568-1319
  • Series E-ISSN 2352-3956
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 464
  • Number of Illustrations 45 b/w illustrations, 39 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Forestry
    Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry
    Environment, general
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