Up-to-date and accurate forest resource data facilitates sustainable and efficient forestry practices, whether you are interested in timber procurement, biomass availability or any other resource management issue. Arbonaut is a lidar-based forest resource data collection and processing pioneer working globally for more than 20 years. Additionally, we have substantial experience in various remote sensing data exploitations as well as in a field inventory management under diverse conditions.

Our services have been used in natural and semi-natural forests in Europe, tropical forests in Asia and Africa as well as plantations in South America, Africa and Europe.

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Arbonaut’s airborne lidar based forest inventory method provides accurate forest data cost efficiently. It is designed for large area inventories where timely and reliable data is needed. In addition to timber inventory, airborne lidar data can be used in several GIS products serving forest management decision making and planning.

When studying, for example, the biomass potential for bioenergy use or availability of forest resources in a large area for investment decision making, a first plan will be drafted using different resolution satellite imagery. Our team can evaluate the most suitable way to get a needed answer cost efficiently.

Lidar-Assisted Multisource Programme (LAMP) is a forest inventory approach that enables generation of the most accurate forest resource information at any desired spatial resolution in large-scale projects. The methodology relies on the advanced statistical modelling techniques developed by Arbonaut in close collaboration with its university partners. Airborne lidar data is used to supplement field reference data, which can save up to 90 % of field measurement efforts over large forest areas to achieve the targeted precision. Lidar-based models help to correct satellite-based models during mapping wall-to-wall biomass distribution without suppressing high above-ground carbon density values.

The challenges associated with the land management regimes originate globally from the rising demand for land. Up-to-date information is required for land allocation, optimization and suitability assessment for forestry, agriculture, mining industry, human settlements and infrastructure development. Agricultural waste products, degraded forests and wastelands are valuable reserves for the future bioenergy production. Arbonaut has provided land use and land cover mapping services in combination with bioenergy potential assessments in India, Cambodia and Poland.

Automatic stand delineation is a process for segmenting large forest areas into homogenous operational forest units. Automatic segmentation uses remote sensing and other GIS data in an innovative way. Arbonaut has developed automatic stand segmentation as a part of ArboLiDAR tools.

Data collected for the needs of timber inventory can be widely utilized for other management and decision making tasks. Raster products derived from lidar data can be used to visualize and model the vegetation and terrain. Furthermore, our analyses offer our customers tools for forest road construction and harvesting planning, biodiversity hot spots detection, forest drainage system management, hydrological analysis as well as storage site allocation.