A group of academics and HDR students from Geospatial science recently returned from field work in Southern Chile, exploring the use of Fuels 3D techniques in Chilean forests.
This, RMIT – University of Chile, collaboration extends the Bushfire and Natural hazards CRC project Fuels 3D, led by Professor Jones and Dr. Reinke, into the international realm. The Fuels 3D project has mapped and characterized fire landscapes in S
E Australia, with these techniques being actively trialed by several state fire authorities and land management agencies in Australia. Chile faces similar wildfire threats to Australia and these techniques are of great interest to Chilean forestry managers and fire authorities as they develop risk assessment and management plans for large fires.
The group used terrestrial and UAV (RPAS / drone) based photography to capture 3D point clouds of plantations and native forests in Southern Chile. These techniques, developed by research fellow Dr. Luke Wallace, allow the reconstruction of 3D point clouds that can be used to extract fuel and vegetation structural information. As part of the research, the integrity and completeness of the point clouds is validated through intensive and extensive physical measurements of the forest structure using laser scanners and sample transects.
Whilst in Chile the group presented at an international seminar “Percepción remota en manejo de bosques, conservación biológica e incendios forestales” at the University of Chile.
Further information: http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/resources/poster/2021
Text by: Simon Jones