SYSSIFOSS project start and first test scans

On May 1st, the SYSSIFOSS project has started and first test scans have already been conducted in the forest. Experciences from these initial testings serve as a basis for many field campaigns this summer which aim at the acquisition of high-density point clouds of 140 single trees with a RIEGL VZ-400 terrestrial laser scanner. Moreover, first scans have been acquired with a RIEGL miniVUX-1 UAV laser scanner, which is part of the 3DGeo group’s brand-new UAV-borne LiDAR system. These point clouds will be used for the validation of species-specific tree models derived from airborne laser scanning.

SYSSIFOSS is a joint project between the Institute of Geography and Geoecology (IFGG) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the 3DGeo Research Group of Heidelberg University.

In this project a new approach to create synthetic LiDAR data is suggested by combining the outputs of an established forest growth simulator with a to-be-created database of species-specific model trees extracted from real LiDAR point clouds. This approach will result in inventory information at the single tree level and a matching 3D forest structure for large areas.

Terrestrial laser scanning in a green and beautiful forest environment.
Terrestrial laser scanning in a green and beautiful forest environment.

Find more details on the SYSSIFOSS project on the project website and in recent blog posts.

The project is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – Project number: 411263134.