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Title: Estimation of 2D clutter maps in complex under-canopy environments from airborne discrete-return lidar
Authors: Lee, Heezin.
Starek, Michael J.
Blundell, S. Bruce.
Schwind, Michael A.
Gard, Christopher D.
Puffenberger, Harry B.
Keywords: Forestry
Optical radar
Terrain modeling
Tree segmentation
Publisher: Geospatial Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous Paper (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/GRL MP-19-2
Abstract: Detection of near-ground objects occluded by above-ground vegetation from airborne lidar measurements remains challenging. Our hypothesis is that the probability of obstruction due to objects above ground at any location in the forest environment can be reasonably characterized solely from airborne lidar data. The essence of our approach is to develop a data-driven learning scheme that creates high-resolution 2D probability maps for obstruction in the under-canopy environment. These maps contain information about the probabilities of obstruction (clutter map) and lidar undersampling (uncertainty map) in the near-ground space. Airborne and terrestrial lidar data and field survey data collected within the forested, mountainous environment of Shenandoah National Park, Virginia USA are utilized to test and evaluate the proposed approach in this work. A newly developed individual tree detection algorithm is implemented to estimate undersampled stem contributions to the probability of obstruction. Results show the effectiveness of the tree detection algorithm with an accuracy index of between 61.5% and 80.7% (tested using field surveys). The estimated clutter maps are compared to the maps created from terrestrial scans (i.e., ground truth) and the results show the root-mean-square error of 0.28, 0.32, and 0.34 at three study sites. The overall framework in deriving near-ground clutter and uncertainty maps from airborne lidar data would be useful information for prediction of line-of-sight visibility, mobility and above-ground forest biomass.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/GRL MP-19-2
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Types of Materials: 35 pages / 1.382 Mb
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