Laser spotlight on Salford

Friday 27 June 2014

Last week the University of Salford welcomed a high-profile group of international researchers from the Terrestrial Laser Scanner International Interest Group (TLSIIG). 

Professor Mark Danson, a geographer from the School of Environment and Life Sciences, led a workshop to examine the state-of-the-art in the application of terrestrial laser scanners for measuring and monitoring the three dimensional growth of forests and woodlands.

TLS is a new technology that uses lasers to make millions of measurements of 3d structures in both the natural and built environment. The University is a world-leader in the field following the recent development of the Salford Advanced Laser Canopy Analyser, or SALCA for short, the world’s first dual-wavelength TLS for forest measurement.

The TLSIIG workshop attracted 26 researchers from the United States, Australia, Finland, Belgium, Netherlands and UK. It aimed to identify current and future scientific and technological research priorities for using TLS to measure and monitor forest carbon stocks, forest health and forest disease.

The group is now developing a roadmap for future applications of TLS in forestry and ecology and will collaborate on field measurement campaigns, data analysis and processing, and information extraction algorithms, with support from funding bodies in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

For further information about the workshop or SALCA, please contact Justin Clark (Press & PR Officer) on 0161 295 5361 or