The Best Practices (BP) guides provided where developed by the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre and leading researches in the field of Enhanced Forest Inventory (EFI) specifically LiDAR work in Canada.
LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a technology that emits laser pulses from a sensor and records the time and position of the returned laser pulses as they are reflected off solid objects. As a result, the recorded data can be used to create highly accurate and detailed 3-D point clouds of the surveyed environment.
The BP guides listed outline ideal practices and techniques that forest practitioners working in the field of EFI should follow and implement into their practices.
White, J.C., M.A. Wulder, A. Varhola, M. Vastaranta, N.C. Coops, B.D. Cook, D.G. Pitt, and M. Woods. 2013. A best practices guide for generating forest inventory attributes from airborne laser scanning data using the area-based approach / Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service. Canadian Wood Fibre Centre. Information Report FI-X-010 2013.
White, J.C.,, P.Tompalski, M. Vastaranta, M. A. Wulder, N. Saarinen, C. Stepper, and N.C. Coops 2017. A model development and application guide for generating an enhanced forest inventory using airborne laser scanning data and an area-based approach. / Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service. Canadian Wood Fibre Centre. INFORMATION REPORT FI-X-018