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Weighing trees with lasers: terrestrial laser scanner data; Malaysia Sabah Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve 20th March 2017

Latest Data Update: 2018-07-04
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
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This dataset is comprised of raw and proceesed data from the NERC-funded, full waveform terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) deployed on a plot site situated in Malaysia Sabah Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve on the 20th March 2017 . The plot site had the following geographical features; Moisture type: Moist, Elevation: Lowland, Edaphic Type: Terra Firme, Forrestry: Old-growth.

The aim of the weighing trees with lasers project is to test if current allometric relationships are invariant across continents, or whether they differ significantly, and require continental level models; quantify the impact of assumptions of tree shape and wood density on tropical forest allometry; test hypotheses relating to pan-tropical differences in observed AGB (Above Ground Biomass) from satellite and field data. It also aims to apply new knowledge to assessing retrieval accuracy of forthcoming ESA BIOMASS and NASA GEDI (Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation Lidar) missions and providing calibration datasets; In addition to testing the capability of low-cost instruments to augment TLS data including: UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) for mapping cover and canopy height; low-cost lidar instruments to assess biomass rapidly, at lower accuracy.

Citable as:  [ PROVISIONAL ] Disney, M.; Burt, A.; Jackson, T. (9999): Weighing trees with lasers: terrestrial laser scanner data; Malaysia Sabah Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve 20th March 2017. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Terrestrial Laser Scanner data, Malaysia Sabah Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Moist, Lowland, Terra Firme, Old-growth


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Provided by Andrew Burt UCL to CEDA for publication

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Scan folder contain a number of file formats .pat RIEGAL terrestrial lase scan file containing information on laser scan pattern (see documentation for software) .png Potable Network graphics format in wide use see specification .rxp RXP file in proprietary format use by RIEGL makes of the laser scanners (see software links in documentation ) .prv Contains preview image of 3D scene. Image preview created by proprietary software program used for 3D environment modeling; contains a preview image of a 3D scene, which typically has a lower resolution than the final rendered scene; used for storing scene previews before final production (see software information in documentation). .rfl ASCII “Roll Forward Log file” from containing log information from RIEGL instrument .csv CSV file containing metadata generated by RIEDL laser scanner see documentation ASCII formatted text files containing RIEGL laser scanner information

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This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.
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