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Grants:"Measuring forest canopy structure at the Duke University Forest with a portable laser rangefinder: part of a global comparison", Global Canopy Programme (GCP), Smithsonian Environmental Sciences Program, $14,000, 2001 - 2002
Description:This project aims to make a set of standardized measurements of canopy structure at major canopy research sites to form the basis of a global comparison among forests. At each site a portable lidar rangefinder is used to make rapid and accurate measurements of distances to canopy surfaces from the forest floor. The data are transformed and analyzed to provide three-dimensional representations of the structure of each canopy and for statistical and visual comparisons between stands. The data at each site will be shared with the site cooperators. The field portion of this project will be completed by the Summer of 2002; public presentations and reports for the literature will be prepared after this.