The LiDAR Applications for the Study of Ecosystems with Remote Sensing (LASERS) laboratory, with PI Dr Sorin Popescu, at Texas A&M University specializes in the research and academic advancement of remote sensing and spatial sciences in general for natural resources assessment, monitoring, and management.
The LASERS lab focuses on the development of improved algorithms and software tools for multi-sensor data fusion and for processing LiDAR data, which enable the estimation of forest biophysical parameters, such as stand density, tree height, crown diameter, volume, and biomass. Such forest data enable better informed strategies to natural resource management, including forest growth and loss and are essential inputs for other scientist and industry involved in carbon modelling and timber. The lab is also involved in the application of unmanned aerial systems and the development of specialized crop phenotypying methods to support the precision management of crops and natural resources.
The lab engages a number of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in various research areas under the lab’s research agenda and collaborates with inter-disciplinary scientists to promote the use of geospatial technologies.