Project: Landscape Flammability

Evaluation of terrestrial laser scanning technology for the assessment of fuel hazard metrics

Fue hazard data are collected in the field for a range of purposes including rapid fuel evaluations during bushfires, assessing the effectiveness of fuel management, and developing and refining fire behaviour models. This research aims to evaluate terrestrial laser scanners (TLS) as a method for measuring fuel hazard. To do this we compare TLS outputs against data collected using a manual data collection method that extends on the traditional Overall Fuel Hazard Guide. This extended method was developed and evaluated in a prior project. We aim to quantify the strength of agreement between the two methods and their metrics and determine how TLS and manual assessment methods can be integrated to efficiently and accurately assess fuel hazard.

Project timeline: 01/2023 – 12/2024

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