Sponsored by the UW Precision Forestry Cooperative

The main purpose of this project is to provide guided analytical training to foresters, land managers, and city planners in the use od aerial and terrestrial LiDAR




Instructor: Dr. L. Monika Moskal


This workshop was taught at the 2nd Workshop of Special Interest Group on Forestry, EARSeL2014, in Warsaw, Poland on June 17th, 2014. These materials are also offered as part of the "Terrestrial and Aerial LIDAR for the Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Ecosystem Webinar" offered for the ASPRS GIS Division on June 27, 2014.


Forest analysis with LiDAR using FUSION

This is a free ½ day workshop prepared by Dr. L. Monika Moskal, the Director of the Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC) at the University of Washington and an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. The workshop utilizes the FUSION software developed by the PFC partners at the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. The free software is a powerful LiDAR viewing and analysis suite capable of working with aerial and terrestrial LiDAR data.

The workshop has three parts, starting with a 1 hour introduction to LiDAR. Part two of the workshop, which is also about an hour in length,  features a hands-on environment where students learn how to install the software, begin visualizing the example LiDAR datasets and proceed to making simple measurements. All data used in the examples are sample sets from aerial and terrestrial acquisitions in Washington State, USA. The final part of the workshop (2 hours) focuses on creating metrics and surfaces (bare earth and canopy) from the LiDAR data.

Examples of past RSGAL projects using LiDAR

University of Washington

College of the Environment, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences  
Phone: 206.221.6391
Bloedel 382, Box 352100
email: lmmoskal@uw.edu
Seattle, WA 98195-2100