Program at a glance

SilviLaser 2015 program

Invited sessions

Habitats and Biodiversity - Chaired by Ross Hill

  • Estimating and mapping forest structural diversity using airborne laser scanning data. Matteo Mura, Ronald McRoberts, Gherardo Chirici and Marco Marchetti.
  • Comparing generalized linear models and random forest to model vascular plant species richness using LiDAR data in a natural forest in central Chile. Javier Lopatin, Klara Dolos, Jaime Hernández, Mauricio Galleguillos and Fabian Faßnacht.
  • Individual tree properties from ALS data as input to habitat analysis in boreal forest. Eva Lindberg, Jean-Michel Roberge, Therese Johansson, Markus Hollaus, Johan Holmgren and Joakim Hjältén.
  • Using LiDAR data to model forest structure for canopy-associated wildlife species in old-growth forest. Joan Hagar, Bianca Eskelson, Patricia Haggerty, S. Kim Nelson and David Vesely.
  • Remote sensing maps of post-fire forest structure facilitate the modeling and mapping of Lewis's woodpecker nesting habitat. Jody Vogeler, Zhiqiang Yang and Warren Cohen

Technological and processing advances for the use of TLS - Chaired by Sanna Kaasalainen and Crystal Schaaf

  • Calibration of a full-waveform, dual-wavelength terrestrial laser scanner. Zhan Li, Alan Strahler, David Jupp, Crystal Schaaf, Glenn Howe, Kuravi Hewasasam, Supriya Chakrabarti, Timothy A Cook, Ian Paynter and Edward Saenz
  • Improving estimates of leaf area index with a dual-wavelength full-waveform TLS: The Salford Advanced Laser Canopy Analyser (SALCA). Lucy Schofield, Mark Danson, Neil Entwistle, Eric Casella, Mat Disney and Rachel Gaulton.
  • Optimizing vegetated coastal environment observations with terrestrial remote sensing. Ian Paynter, Crystal Schaaf, Edward Saenz, Francesco Peri, Jennifer Bowen, Robert Chen, Bruce Cook, Lola Fatoyinbo and Andres Vega
  • A method addressing signal occlusion by scene objects to quantify the 3D distribution of forest components from terrestrial lidar. Richard Fournier, Jean-François Côté, Florentin Bourge, Sylvie Durrieu, Alexandre Piboule, Martin Béland and Eloi Grau
  • Quantitative structure tree models from terrestrial laser scanner data. Pasi Raumonen

Estimation, inference, and uncertainty - Chaired by Ron McRoberts

  • Three-phase model-based estimation of growing stock volume utilizing Landsat, LiDAR and field data in large-scale surveys . Svetlana Saarela, Anton Grafström and Göran Ståhl.
  • Model-based Inference of Aboveground Biomass over a California Conifer Forest. Qi Chen.
  • Using airborne laser scanning data with small pulse densities to enhance national forest inventory large area estimation. Ronald McRoberts, Qi Chen, Grant Domke and Daniel Kaisershot.
  • The 2014 Tanana Inventory Pilot: A USFS-NASA partnership to leverage advanced remote sensing technologies for forest inventory. Hans-Erik Andersen, Chad Babcock, Robert Pattison, Bruce Cook and Andrew Finley.
  • Comparison of unit- and area-level small area estimation methods - The influence of spatial autocorrelation. Johannes Breidenbach and Rasmus Astrup

Parallel sessions

1- Caracterization of understory and regeneration

  • A rule-based method using L-moments for direct detection of shade-intolerant regeneration in Boreal forests from airborne laser scanning. Rubén Valbuena, Lauri Mehtätalo, Matti Maltamo and Petteri Packalen.
  • Producing an understory cover map over a large region using heterogeneous lidar datasets. Ranjith Gopalakrishnan, Valerie Thomas and Randolph Wynne.
  • Assessing understory diversity using a lidar/hyperspectral fusion approach. Beth Stein, Valerie Thomas, Philip Radtke and Randolph Wynne.
  • The use of Multispectral LiDAR for Improved Forest Mapping. Antoine Cottin, Sam Fleming and Iain H. Woodhouse.
  • Regeneration detection by 3D segmentation in a temperate forest using airborne full waveform Lidar data. Nina Amiri, Wei Yao, Marco Heurich and Peter Krzystek.
  • LiDAR-based characterization of understory trees in a complex temperate forest in Ontario, Canada. Karin van Ewijk, Paul Treitz and Neal Scott.

2- ALS Tree-level approaches

  • A benchmark of single tree detection methods using data from alpine forests. Lothar Eysn, Jean-Matthieu Monnet and Markus Hollaus.
  • Inventorying the forest: Laser scanning vs close range photogrammetry on a UAV . Udaya Vepakomma and Denis Cormier.
  • Individual tree species identification using the multispectral return intensities of the Optech Titan lidar system. Benoit St-Onge and Brindusa Cristina Budei.
  • Individual tree key parameters extraction based on LiDAR and hyperspectral data. Dan Zhao, Yong Pang and Zengyuan Li.
  • Tree-centric mapping of forest carbon density from airborne LiDAR and hyperspectral data. David Coomes, Xiaohao Cai, Michele Dalponte, Juheon Lee and Carola Schönlieb.
  • Individual tree-based change detection using repeat pass airborne LiDAR at Teakettle Experimental Forest, California. Laura Duncanson, Colin Robertson and Bruce Cook.

3- Beyond usual forest parameters

  • Lidar-based assessment of forest edge effects across a degraded landscape in the Brazilian Amazon. Maiza Nara Dos-Santos, Ekena Pinagé, Marcos Longo, Luciana Spinelli-Araujo, Marcos Adami, Douglas Morton and Michael Keller.
  • Patterns of nitrogen retention linked to LiDAR derived stand level architecture. Katherine Britt, Brian Strahm and Valerie Thomas.
  • Linking lidar-derived canopy structure with MODIS black-sky albedo. Lauri Korhonen, Miina Rautiainen and Pauline Stenberg.
  • LiDAR-based quantification of carbon emissions from recurrent fires on a tropical peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Kristina Konecny, Sandra Englhart, Uwe Ballhorn, Juilson Jubanski, Peter Navratil and Florian Siegert.
  • Using full-waveform lidar to characterise urban habitat structure and function. Steven Hancock, Karen Anderson, Mathias Disney and Kevin Gaston

4- Potential of TLS and mobile Lidar for tree structure reconstruction and allometries

  • Tree stem reconstruction from terrestrial laser scanner point cloud using Hough transform and open active contours. Joris Ravaglia, Alexandra Bac and Richard Fournier
  • Application of terrestrial LiDAR and tree structure modelling for plant allometric scaling modelling in tropical forest trees. Alvaro Ivan Lau Sarmiento, Harm Bartholomeus, Martin Herold, Christopher Martius, Yadvinder Malhi, Lisa Patrick Bentley, Alexander Shenkin and Pasi Raumonen.
  • On the potential of Terrestrial Laser Scanning for revising biomass allometric models of mangrove trees. Adewole Olagoke, Christophe Proisy, Jean-Baptiste Féret, François Fromard and Uta Berger
  • Highly portable lidar mitigates occlusion in tropical forests through high density sampling schemes and novel deployment methods. Edward Saenz, Ian Paynter, Francesco Peri, Deborah Clark, David Clark, Leo Campos, William Miranda and Crystal Schaaf.
  • First examples from the RIEGL VUX-SYS for forestry applications. Gottfried Mandlburger, Markus Hollaus, Philipp Glira, Martin Wieser, Milutin Milenkovic, Ursula Riegl and Martin Pfennigbauer.

5- Forest and radiative transfer modelling

  • Reconstructing forest canopy from the 3D triangulations of airborne laser scanning point data for the visualization and planning of forested landscapes. Jari Vauhkonen
  • From leave scale to tree scale: which structural parameters influence a simulated full-waveform large-footprint LiDAR signal?. Cécile Antin, Grau Eloi, Gregoire Vincent, Sylvie Durrieu, Marion Jourdan, Jean-François Barczi, Yves Caraglio, Sébastien Griffon and Raphaël Pélissier
  • Iterative and hierarchical forest plot reconstruction from terrestrial laser scanning point clouds for Canopy Radiative Transfer Modelling. Magnus Bremer, Korbinian Schmidtner and Martin Rutzinger
  • Using laser scanning and ray tracing for scaling photosynthesis from leaf to the stand level. Martin van Leeuwen, Jan van Aardt, Nicholas Coops, Dave Kelbe and Keith Krause
  • Terrestrial LiDAR and 3D tree Quantitative Structure Model for quantification of aboveground biomass loss from selective logging in a tropical rainforest of Peru. Jose Gonzalez de Tanago, Harm Bartholomeus, Shijo Joseph, Martin Herold, Valerio Avitabile, Rosa Goodman, Pasi Raumonen and Andrew Burt
  • Traceability of essential climate variables through forest stand reconstruction with terrestrial laser scanning. Kim Calders, Mathias Disney, Joanne Nightingale, Niall Origo, Alexandra Barker, Pasi Raumonen, Philip Lewis and Nigel Fox

6- Improving ABA models

  • On the contribution of dendrometric ' rules ' to improve accuracy and genericity of ALS models using an area-based approach . Laurent Saint-André, Jean-Pierre Renaud, Cédric Véga, Jérome Bock, Sylvie Durrieu and Marc Bouvier.
  • Evaluation of an additional LiDAR metric in Forest Inventory. Susana Gonzalez Aracil, David Herries and Brian Rawley.
  • Estimating timber volume with airborne laser scanning using semi-artificial sample plots. Marius Hauglin, Terje Gobakken and Erik Næsset.
  • Uncertainty quantification in ALS-based species-specific growing stock volume estimation. Petri Varvia, Timo Lähivaara, Matti Maltamo, Petteri Packalén, Timo Tokola and Aku Seppänen.
  • Influence of sampling design parameters on biomass predictions derived from airborne lidar data. Marc Bouvier, Sylvie Durrieu, Richard Fournier, Nathalie Saint-Geours, Grégoire Vincent, Dominique Guyon, Eloi Grau and Bruno Hérault.
  • Edge-tree correction improves the performance of area-based approach with airborne laser scanning. Petteri Packalen, Jacob Strunk, Juho Pitkänen, Hailemariam Temesgen and Matti Maltamo.

7- Photon Counting systems & Future spaceborne lidar systems

  • Low energy LIDARs for biomass applications. Jeremie Lochard, Josiance Costeraste, Francesc Tinto, Eloi Grau, Sylvie Durrieu and Frederic Fabre.
  • Modelling full waveform Lidar data on forest structures at plot level: a sensitivity analysis of forest and sensor main characteristics on full-waveform simulated data.. Eloi Grau, Sylvie Durrieu, Cécile Antin, Henri Debise, Gregoire Vincent, Claudia Lavalley and Marc Bouvier
  • Development of an automated vegetation processing algorithm for ICESat-2. Ryan Sheridan, Sorin Popescu and Ross Nelson.
  • Improved canopy height measurements of single photon lidar (SPL) using a multistage noise filtering method. Hao Tang, Anu Swatantran, Phil Decola, Terence Barrett and Ralph Dubayah.
  • Extraction of DTM and Top of Canopy from Photon-counting LiDAR in Preparation for the ICESat-2 Mission. Mahmoud Awadallah, A. Lynn Abbott, Randolph H. Wynne and Ahmed Ghanem

8- Lidar data time series and Change detection

  • Canopy height and plant area index changes in a temperate forest between 2010-2014 using airborne laser scanning. Fabian D. Schneider, Reik Leiterer, Michael E. Schaepman and Felix Morsdorf.
  • Site index assessment based on multi-temporal ALS data. Markus Hollaus, Lothar Eysn, Bernhard Maier and Norbert Pfeifer
  • Towards automated characterization of horizontal and vertical forest structure using multi-seasonal airborne laser scanning. Reik Leiterer, Michael E. Schaepman and Felix Morsdorf.
  • A Bayesian hierarchical model for spatio-temporal prediction and uncertainty assessment using repeat LiDAR acquisitions for the Kenai Peninsula, AK, USA. Chad Babcock, Hans-Erik Andersen, Andrew Finley and Bruce Cook.
  • Multi-temporal analysis of retention-tree group structure using terrestrial laser scanner. Ulysse Rémillard and Robert Schneider

9- Data fusion and Data integration

  • Development of a scaling technique of ALS-derived aboveground biomass using high resolution satellite data in tropical seasonal forest. Yasumasa Hirata, Naoyuki Furuya, Pak Chealy, Leng Chivin, Sokh Heng, Ma Vuthy, Tetsuji Ota, Tsuyoshi Kajisa and Nobuya Mizoue.
  • Data assimilation in forestry, first practical results using ALS data. Mattias Nyström, Nils Lindgren, Jörgen Wallerman, Anton Grafström, Anders Muszta, Kenneth Nyström, Göran Ståhl and Håkan Olsson.
  • Estimating forest site productivity - approaches based on airborne laser scanning, auxiliary data and Landsat time series. Piotr Tompalski, Nicholas C. Coops, Joanne C. White and Michael A. Wulder.
  • Characterizing changes in structural complexity following fire in the western Canadian boreal using a combination of Landsat time-series and airborne lidar data. Douglas Bolton, Nicholas Coops and Michael Wulder.
  • Spatiotemporal Patterns in Burn Severity and Post-Fire Recovery in Interior Alaska Using Multi-Sensor Airborne Data, Forest Inventory Plots, and Satellite Products. Bruce Cook, Douglas Morton, Hans Andersen, Robert Pattison, Andrew Finley, Lawrence Corp, Megan Kress, Chad Babcock and Ross Nelson.
  • Estimation of tree stem attributes using ground based and airborne laser scanning. Johan Holmgren, Kenneth Olofsson, Mattias Nyström and Håkan Olsson.

10- Forest structural and biophysical properties from TLS

  • Biochemical properties from dual-wavelength laser scanning: Deriving equivalent water thickness at leaf to canopy scales.. Rachel Gaulton, Steven Hancock, F. Mark Danson and Magdalena Smigaj
  • Estimating leaf bulk density distribution in a tree canopy using calibrated t-LiDAR indices. Francois Pimont, Jean-Luc Dupuy, Eric Rigolot, Vincent Prat and Alexandre Piboule
  • Changes in canopy and crown structure with stand composition. Olivier Martin, Robert Schneider and Richard Fournier
  • Reducing uncertainties in above-ground biomass estimates using terrestrial laser scanning. Kim Calders, Andrew Burt, Glenn Newnham, Mathias Disney, Simon Murphy, Pasi Raumonen, Martin Herold, Darius Culvenor, John Armston, Valerio Avitabile and Mikko Kaasalainen
  • International benchmarking on TLS methods for forestry applications: preliminary results. Xinlian Liang, Juha Hyyppä and Harri Kaartineen
  • Seasonal Change of Leaf and Woody Area Profiles in a Temperate Deciduous Forest Canopy from a Dual-Wavelength Terrestrial Lidar. Zhan Li, Alan Strahler, Crystal Schaaf, David Jupp, Glenn Howe, Kuravi Hewawasam, Supriya Chakrabarti, Timothy Cook, Ian Paynter and Edward Saenz

11- Forest inventory and mapping

  • Estimation of tropical forest above-ground biomass using ALS and multispectral remote sensing data. Md. Parvez Rana and Timo Tokola.
  • Mapping forest biomass in subtropical forests using small-footprint full-waveform LiDAR. Lin Cao, Nicholas Coops and Guanghui She.
  • A nationwide forest attribute map of Sweden derived using airborne laser scanning data and field data from the national forest inventory. Mats Nilsson, Karin Nordkvist, Jonas Jonz&ecaute;n, Nils Lindgren, Peder Axensten, Jörgen Wallerman, Mikael Egberth, Svante Larsson, Liselott Nilsson, Johan Eriksson and Håkan Olsson
  • Updating the National Forest Attribute Map using stereo matching of aerial images, the national terrain model and data from the National Forest Inventory?. Jonas Bohlin, Johanna Blombäck, Jörgen Wallerman and Johan Fransson.
  • Assessing a high-resolution woody vegetation map of New South Wales, Australia. Adrian Fisher, Mike Day, Tony Gill, Tim Danaher and Adam Roff.

12- LAI & PAI assessment

  • Assessing the transferability of leaf area index estimation and the relative contribution to the dominant canopy within intensively managed Loblolly pine plantation forest from airborne LiDAR remote sensing within the south-eastern USA. Matthew Sumnall, Alicia Peduzzi, Thomas Fox, Randolph Wynne and Valerie Thomas.
  • Mapping plant area index of tropical forest by Lidar: calibrating ALS with TLS. Gregoire Vincent, Cécile Madelaine, Jean Dauzat, Eloi Grau and Sylvie Durrieu.
  • Retrieving forest canopy leaf area index by incorporating scan angle information from discrete aerial lidar data. Guang Zheng, Lixia Ma, Wei He and Monika L. Moskal
  • Validation of continental scale vertical plant profile mapping using waveform lidar airborne laser scanning. John Armston, Peter Scarth and Richard Lucas.
  • Voxel based occlusion mapping and plant area index estimation from airborne laser scanning data. Daniel Kükenbrink, Reik Leiterer, Fabian D. Schneider, Michael E. Schaepman and Felix Morsdorf.


  • Detecting leaf water content using intensity data from terrestrial laser scanner. Xi Zhu, Andrew K. Skidmore, Roshanak Darvishzadeh and Tiejun Wang (#19)
  • Using LiDAR area-based approach and spatial optimization to delineate harvest areas. Adrián Pascual, Timo Pukkala, Francisco Rodríguez and Sergio de Miguel. (#27)
  • Forest aboveground biomass estimation based on LiDAR and scaling model in China. Yuan Zeng, Dan Zhao, Yujin Zhao and Bingfang Wu. (#31)
  • Extension of the scale of application of airborne LiDAR for the forest resource management. Jean-Romain Roussel, John Caspersen, Martin Béland and Alexis Achim. (#36)
  • Automatic tree detection from laser scanning point clouds. Beril Sirmacek (#62)
  • Development of an algorithm to generate pit-free digital surface models from LiDAR. Anahita Khosravipour, Andrew K.Skidmore, Martin Isenburg and Tiejun Wang (#65)
  • Dual Wavelength Echidna Lidar: First deployments at TERN sites around Australia. Michael Schaefer, David Jupp, John Armston, Alan Strahler, Crystal Schaaf, Zhan Li, Glenn Howe, Kuravi Hewawasam, Jason Martel, Glenn Newnham, Jenny Lovell and Ewan Douglas (#70)
  • Integrating terrestrial laser scanner data into forest management decision processes. Robert Schneider, Richard Fournier, Guillaume Giroud, Alexa Bérubé-Deschênes, Hugues Power, Eduardo Bittencourt and Joan Luther (#78)
  • Analysis of roundwood surface for detection of inner defects.. Van-Tho Nguyen, Thiéry Constant, Dehane Elhareth, Alexandre Piboule and Francis Colin (#89)
  • Optimized process chain for mountainous forest and non-forest classification using airborne lidar data. Qingwang Liu, Zengyuan Li, Yong Pang and Kailong Hu (#97)
  • Comparison between volume of harvested logs and volume estimated by Airbone LiDAR alalysis. Katsumasa Oono and Akihito Sato (#98)
  • Automatic Tree Breast Height Diameter Estimation from Laser Mobile Mapping Data in an Urban Context. Mónica Herrero-Huerta and Roderik Lindenbergh (#99)
  • Multi-wavelength Airborne Laser Scanning for Characterization of Tree Species. Eva Lindberg, Christian Briese, Michael Doneus, Markus Hollaus, Anke Schroiff and Norbert Pfeifer. (#104)
  • Challenges in measuring forest attributes from Araucaria trees with ALS data. João Paulo Pereira, Marcos Benedito Schimalski and Veraldo Liesenberg. (#105)
  • Scikit-image for trees local maxima detection. João Paulo Pereira, Holger Weinacker, Barbara Koch and Marcos Benedito Schimalski (#106)
  • Forest change detection using airborne waveform lidar data. Yong Pang, Zengyuan Li, Luxia Liu, Hao Lu, Bowei Chen and Qingwang Liu. (#107)
  • Assessment of models validity domain for predictions of dendrometrical parameters from lidar data. Jerome Bock, Alexandre Piboule and Alain Munoz (#108)
  • Modelling tree species diversity using Lidar data and UltraCam-D images in the Hyrcanian forests, Iran. Jahangir Mohammadi, Shaban Shataee and Erik Naesset (#109)
  • Estimation of tree density in the Hyrcanian forests using Lidar data and UltraCam-D images by SVR algorithm . Shaban Shataee, Jahangir Mohammadi, Manocher Namiranian and Erik Naesset. (#111)
  • Exploring G-LiHT data to predict individual tree LAI from tree height. Huaguo Huang and Kan Huang. (#112)
  • Obtaining forest description for small-scale forests using an integrated remote sensing technique . Cong Xu, Bruce Manley and Justin Morgenroth. (#116)
  • Comparison of a low-cost photogrammetric method (Photo-Panoramas) to Terrestrial Laser Scanning for measurement of vegetation structure. Jasmine Muir, John Armston, Ben Ward, Ben Sparrow, Stuart Phinn and Peter Scarth (#119)
  • Comparing individual tree crown delineation and species identification derived from photogrammetric and airborne lidar point clouds. Benoit St-Onge, Félix-Antoine Audet and Jean Bégin. (#122)
  • CARTOMOB: A GIS integrative tool for forest management and logging operation based on LiDAR data. Thomas Carrette and Alain Thivolle-Cazat. (#127)
  • Analysis of the motion induced by tree growth from T-LiDAR measurements: a case study for Beech poles (Fagus sylvatica L.). Estelle Noyer and Thiéry Constant. (#128)
  • Detection of multi-layered forest development classes using airborne laser scanning. Ruben Valbuena, Matti Maltamo, Juho Heikkilä and Petteri Packalen. (#132)
  • Towards UAV based laser scanning for forest mapping. Antoine Cottin, Sam Fleming and Tristan Allouis (#140)
  • Computation of tree volume from terrestrial LiDAR data. Jules Morel, Alexandra Bac and Cédric Véga (#142)
  • Algorithms and Tools for Point Cloud Based Vegetation Studies - The OPALS Forestry Package. Lothar Eysn, Gottfried Mandlburger, Markus Hollaus, Johannes Otepka and Norbert Pfeifer. (#144)
  • A new automatic coarse-to-fine registration method of terrestrial LiDAR measurements in forest areas. Yiming Chen, Wuming Zhang, Hongtao Wang, Donghui Xie and Guangjian Yan (#146)
  • Quantifying above Ground Biomass of a Tropical Rainforest Using LiDAR and Digital Orthophoto: An Individual Tree-based Approach. Wan Shafrina Wan Mohd Jaafar. (#151)
  • Identification of 16 individual tree species with ALS in a complex southern boreal forest of Canada. David Hernandez, Benoit St-Onge, Bastien Raymond-Ferland and Chhun-Huor Ung. (#160)
  • A comparison of spatialisation methods for the aggregation of LiDAR forest estimates at the compartment level. Jean-Matthieu Monnet and Alain Munoz (#161)
  • Low cost and accurate forest monitoring technology using a portable terrestrial laser scanner. Akira Kato, Matt Bradford, L.Monika Moskal, Koji Kajiwara and Yoshiaki Honda (#163)
  • Mapping regional forest aboveground biomass using lidar remote sensing with a calibrated global forest canopy height map. Nian-Wei Ku and Sorin Popescu. (#175)
  • Integrating lidar-derived canopy structure metrics into evapotranspiration modeling. Cameron Houser (#183)
  • Multi-footprint airborne LiDAR data in forest vegetation . Ilkka Korpela. (#186)