HyperBio – using new technology to reduce costs and improve the accuracy of forest
inventory mapping”

Terratec AS will conduct an exciting research project with funding from the Research Council of Norway in 2015 – 2018. Partners in the project are NMBU-MINA and Norwegian Computing Center. In addition, an Italian research institute with – Fondazione Edmund Mach in Trento. The aim of the project is to develop a forest mapping method that provides more accurate and efficient forest information based on airborne laser scanning (lidar) combined with hyperspectral imaging.

See Terratec’s web pages for more information: https://www.terratec.no/forskning

Estimating Forest and Shrub Aboveground Dry Biomass in the Tanana Valley, Alaska using Ground Plots and Airborne Lidar Data

The project is a part of the large project called “A Joint USFS-NASA Pilot Project to Estimate Forest Carbon Stocks in Interior Alaska by Integrating Field, Airborne and Satellite Data”. The project is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Carbon Monitoring System (CMS). NASA CMS is designed to make significant contributions in characterizing, quantifying, understanding, and predicting the evolution of global carbon sources and sinks through improved monitoring of carbon stocks and fluxes. Continue reading


Rapid changes are expected in the mountain forest and the forest-alpine transition zone due to global warming. Since steep temperature-productivity gradients characterize these marginal areas, two fundamental effects are expected: (1) an expansion of the forest by colonization of non-forested areas and migration of the alpine tree line; (2) increased growth of existing trees which will have a significant impact on carbon sequestration and future carbon pools. Continue reading