Contact person: Peter Surový
The remote Earth sensing laboratory houses equipment ranging from basic forestry instruments, intended for direct measurement of vegetation and tree parameters, to modern devices that allow obtaining data on the condition of the forest without direct contact with it. Although high accuracy can be expected from modern devices, classic instruments such as diameters, altimeters, and telescopic slides are still frequently used.
Unlike traditional forestry instruments, modern ones require professional handling and some cannot even be used without a special licence. Modern equipment for forest inventory include ground-based laser scanners, unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as total stations or other, precise equipment for determining the location on Earth and georeferencing collected data.
Since it is not enough to collect data by itself, it is necessary that the laboratory is equipped with software and computers that can process a large amount of data into the final form and provide accurate data on the condition of the forest. Remote Earth sensing provides not only optical data, but also data on the positions and shapes of objects, and even on properties that are invisible to the naked eye. All these data can be evaluated in order to determine the actual wood stock in a forest, determine the forest’s health, search for structural changes in the forest, etc.