LiDAR survey helps discern fire severity impacts on Yosemite conifer forests: USGS Research Brief

USGS Western Ecological Research Center

LiDAR surveys in conjunction with satellite-based remote sensing analysis can help forest managers better understand the changes in forest structure due to fires. Surveys can suggest whether prescribed burns can be used to thin canopy structure in different forest types and restore them to historic patterns.

Kane, VR, JA Lutz, SL Roberts, DF Smith, RJ McGaughey, NA Povak, ML Brooks. 2013. Landscape-scale effects of fire severity on mixed-conifer and red fir forest structure. Forest Ecology and Management. 

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