15 November 2010 – Preliminary scientific trials using
LiDAR technology to calculate forest carbon stocks in
REDD projects in Indonesia look promising.
Forest Carbon (http://www.forest-
LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a remote sensing technology
that creates highly accurate 3D images of trees and terrain
through the use of laser pulses sent from an overhead plane. LiDAR
3D images of forests could allow analysts to measure tree canopy
height and crown diameter which could then be used to calculate
forest carbon stocks with a high degree of accuracy.
Scott Stanley, Managing Director of Forest Carbon believes LiDAR could play a major role in future REDD projects. “The use of LiDAR to quickly and accurately assess the carbon stocks of large areas of forest in tropical countries, has the potential to greatly reduce REDD project costs and increase the accuracy of carbon stock assessments.”
About Forest Carbon
Forest Carbon is a vertically integrated firm based in Indonesia capable of providing services for carbon baseline measurement, REDD project design and implementation, and forest monitoring for the voluntary and compliance markets. Forest Carbon’s experts are specialized in a number of core disciplines including tropical ecology, silviculture, GIS/remote sensing, social policy and environmental policy.
About Credent Technology (Asia) Pte Ltd
Credent offers airborne LiDAR, colour and colour infrared imagery collections for 3D mapping projects. The resulting products are used in forestry, mining, energy transmission, transportation, environment impact studies, cadastral mapping flood mapping and mitigation, and urban planning. Credent has been a leading provider of geospatial solutions and services in the region for 25 years.
About The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. It is active in 50 countries and has protected more than 119 million acres of land.