UAV in forest planning

In this video, PhD student Stefano Puliti visually present his work with the use of UAV for collection of forestry inventory data. By means of a small camera mounted underneath the UAV, overlapping images are collected over the area of interest. These images can then be used to produce three-dimensional data by means of image matching.

In Stefano’s project the thee-dimensional data is used to predict forest biophysical characteristics (e.g. timber volume, basal area, stem number, and mean height) for a small forest propriety. He concludes that the use of UAVs allows forest owners to have rapid, flexible, and customized inventories. The high quality data from these inventories can be used to support forest planning.

4 thoughts on “UAV in forest planning

  1. Dear Prof.

    I am researcher in Indonesia forestry Agency. Now, i am study about make a small tools for wood energy inventory for energy.

    I want to try drone. If you have suggest for i study about it, i need.

    Thanks for ur help

    • Dear Lutfy Abdulah

      thank you for you your interest. The use of drones to assess and monitor the wood energy supply is surely an interesting topic. In order to answer your question we would need to understand more clearly what type of survey you would like to carry out.

      For more information regarding technical questions and on how to perform a drone forest inventory you can read the following article:

      kind regards.

  2. Hi Stefano,
    My name is Matt, another guy from Indonesia here hehe. I am currently helping an organization that working to convert illegal loggers to become sustainable loggers. We have difficultied to perform a fast and efficient calculation of the forest inventory- manual process takes forever and very very expensive.

    Would it be possible to do detail data collection on the forest inventory using this drone technology? (certain tree: species, age, diameter) Do you know the latest update on this and maybe could refer me to someone who can help us on this.

    Feel free to email me. Thank you anyway and may you have a good day.


  3. We have tried using an ebee for forestry assessments in BC, Canada and have had difficulty with landings. Have you had success with landing the ebee in forestry cutblocks? If so, do you have any suggestions for the emotion settings to ensure success?

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