Northeast forests face a variety of threats, from climate variability and land-use change to invasive species. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are studying how LiDAR (light detection and ranging) remote-sensing technology that uses lasers and radar—can help foresters and landowners gain more accurate and detailed information about their forests, saving both time and money over previously used technologies. The project also refines new techniques for identifying the forest understory (vegetation beneath the forest canopy), which is critical to water and nutrient availability, soil carbon storage, and regrowth of commercially-important trees.
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