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Enhanced canopy fuel mapping by integrating lidar data

October 3, 2016


The Wildfire Sciences Team at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earth Resources Observation and Science Center produces vegetation type, vegetation structure, and fuel products for the United States, primarily through the Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools (LANDFIRE) program. LANDFIRE products are used across disciplines for a variety of applications. The LANDFIRE data retain their currency and relevancy through periodic updating or remapping. These updating and remapping efforts provide opportunities to improve the LANDFIRE product suite by incorporating data from other sources. Light detection and ranging (lidar) is uniquely suitable for gathering information on vegetation structure and spatial arrangement because it can collect data in three dimensions. The Wildfire Sciences Team has several completed and ongoing studies focused on integrating lidar into vegetation and fuels mapping.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2016
Title Enhanced canopy fuel mapping by integrating lidar data
DOI 10.3133/fs20153086
Authors Birgit E. Peterson, Kurtis J. Nelson
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2015-3086
Index ID fs20153086
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center