Environmental mapping and monitoring with airborne laser and digital images (EMMA)

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Funding source

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2009
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 12000000 SEK


In the research programme EMMA, automated and semi-automated methods will be developed for aquatic and terrestrial environmental monitoring and mapping, using laser scanning and digital aerial images. Major improvements for the assessment of ecosystem status are expected to be achieved through integration of the new data and in situ reference measurements. Among the applications that will be developed is the semi-automated mapping and change detection of shallow sea floors, where the laser scanner will provide depth data and data related to aquatic habitats, as well as data for calibration of the aerial photos. This would be a great advancement for making optical images of the sea bottom usable for automated classification. Other applications are semi-automated terrestrial vegetation mapping over large areas and development of methods for objective monitoring of vegetation changes, which can be of interest for monitoring the arctic tree-line ecotone, or monitoring over-growth in protected grasslands, to name a few examples.

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