Using UAV's and Big Data to Map Live Trees and Predict Postfire Regeneration

Developed under CAL FIRE grant 18-CCI-0063-LNU

Derek Young and Andrew Latimer, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

 

Video of the 2018 Delta Fire study site, showing the heterogeneity in live tree density.

The field crew surveying a regeneration plot on the 2015 Valley Fire at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest.

A drone photograph part of the 2018 Delta Fire study site showing the heterogeneity in live tree density.

Visualization of a 3D point cloud from Emerald Point (Emerald Bay State Park) produced by processing drone imagery.

(Top panel) high-resolution drone-derived aerial imagery from a portion of the 2012 Chips Fire (Plumas National Forest) and (bottom panel) digital surface model of the same landscape produced by processing the drone imagery, showing topographic variation in elevation and trees emerging above the surrounding land.