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Terrestrial Lidar package for Student Geospatial Research

School of Environmental and Forest Sciences








The students in the Geospatial club at the University of Washington and the Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC) at the University of Washington wish to expand the geospatial opportunities for all UW graduate and undergraduate students by purchasing highly mobile terrestrial lidar scanners. There are currently no such scanners available for open student use at the UW which limits research opportunities for students in a wide range of geospatial disciplines including forestry, landscape architecture, landscape ecology, archeology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The two scanners in this proposal preform distinctly different functions that complement each other. The first is a FARO focus S150 terrestrial lidar that is tripod mounted and the other is a Green Valley International LiBackpack D50 which is a wearable lidar unit that preforms scans while the user is walking. The potential applications of these scanners includes forest inventory, plant physiology, geology, archeology, surveying and engineering, landscape architecture, geography, earth sciences and GIS. The equipment will be housed in the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Application Laboratory (part of the PFC) in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and will be administered by the geospatial club, which includes students from many areas of campus.

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