Analysis of Changes in Forest Structure using Point Clouds from Historical Aerial Photographs
Piotr Bożek , Jarosław Janus , Bartosz Mitka
AbstractDynamic changes in land use, many of which are related to land abandonment, are taking place in many regions of the world. As a result, forest vegetation appears, which in part is a consequence of planned afforestation programs and in part has the characteristics of secondary forest succession. Monitoring of forest structure allows the range and dynamics of such changes to be identified. The aim of the study was to assess the usefulness of historical aerial photographs in the determination of forest structure. On the basis of such data, a point cloud was created which represented the forest structure in 1966. Subsequently, using airborne laser scanning data for the same area, corresponding datasets describing the situation in 2012 were created. Comparison of the two tall vegetation models made it possible to perform four analyses related to forest structure changes over a period of 46 years. The analyses were carried out in four areas in southern Poland. The analysis of the results confirmed that historical aerial photographs may be a valuable source in long-term analyses of changes in the range and height structure of areas containing tall vegetation.
|Journal series||Remote Sensing, ISSN 2072-4292, (N/A 100 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.8|
|Keywords in English||afforestation; structure from motion; remote sensing|
|License||Journal (articles only); author's original; ; after publication|
|Publication indicators||= 0; : 2017 = 1.559; : 2018 = 4.118 (2) - 2018=4.74 (5)|
|Finansowanie||This research was financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland, grant number BM—2321/KGRKiF/2018.|
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