High density airborne lidar estimation of disrupted trees induced by landslides

Khamarrul Azahari Razak, Alexander Bucksch, Menno Straatsma, C.J. Van Westen, Rabieahtul Abu Bakar, Steven M. De Jong

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Airborne laser scanning (ALS) data has revolutionized the landslide assessment in a rugged vegetated terrain. It enables the parameterization of morphology and vegetation of the instability slopes. Vegetation characteristics are by far less investigated because of the currently available accuracy and density ALS data and paucity of field data validation. We utilized a high density ALS (HDALS) data with 170 points m-2 for characterizing disrupted vegetation induced by landslides by means of a variable window filter and the SkelTre-skeletonisation. Tree analyses in landslide areas resulted in relatively low height, small crown and more irregularities, whereas these peculiarities are not so obvious in the healthy forests. The statistical tests unveiled the clear differences between the extracted parameters in landslide and non-landslide zones and supported the field evidences. We concluded that HDALS is a promising tool to geometrically retrieve disrupted woody vegetation structures and can be good bioindicator to landslide activity. © 2013 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2013
Place of PublicationMelbourne
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-1114-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Event33rd IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2013: Building a Sustainable Earth through Remote Sensing - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 21 Jul 201326 Jul 2013
Conference number: 33


Conference33rd IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2013
Abbreviated titleIGARSS
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  • Bois Noir
  • Forested landslides
  • Landslide activity assessment
  • SkelTre-skeletonization
  • TreeVaw


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