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Imaging scientists at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) this month received nearly $400,000 in grants to support three projects aimed at improving the way scientists can use waveform lidar to study forests. Jan van Aardt, from RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, received a $194,000 award from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and a $197,000 award from NASA for two interrelated remote sensing projects.
RIT will partner with Batelle Memorial Institute researchers on the NGA grant to create cleaner 3D subcanopy maps of forests. Lidar, despite exhibiting a strong signal where it hits the top of the forest canopy, tends to muddy when it interacts with different layers, such as those made of…READ MORE