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International Conference

"Laser-Scanners for Forest and Landscape Assessment - Instruments, Processing Methods and Applications"

03 October - 06 October 2004, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany


Erwin Frei (Leica-Geosystems HDS, San Ramon/ USA): "High-Definition Surveying: The Beginning of a New Area in Reality Capturing"

Christoph Froehlich (Zoller & Froehlich): "Terrestrial Laser Scanning - New Perspectives in 3D-Surveying"

Juha Hyyppä (Finnish Geodetic Institute): "Data analysis algorithms and methods of laser scanning for forest measurements"

Håkan Olsson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences): "Highlights from the ScandLaser 2003 workshop, and recent developments in Sweden"

Stephen Sheppard (UBC Vancouver): "Laser-scanning for landscape planning: implications for policy and practice from an end-user's perspective"

George Vosselman (ITC Enschede): "Recognising structure in laser scanner point clouds"

Wolfgang Wagner (Vienna University of Technology): "Robust filtering of airborne laser scanner data for vegetation analysis"

Organised by

Institute for Forest Growth (IWW) and Department of Remote Sensing and Land Information Systems (FeLis),
Faculty of Forest And Environmental Sciences - Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

Gold Sponsors

Dr. Achim Hornecker
Software-Entwicklung und IT-Dienstleistungen
Zoller + Fröhlich GmbH
Micos GmbH
Gesellschaft zur Erfassung geografischer Information mbH
Silver Sponsors
Topographische Systemdaten GmbH
ESRI Geoinformatik GmbH

Project supported by


Information about the current state of and recent changes in landscape-creating elements and scenery (such as forests, lakes, meadows, etc.) are important basics for environmental assessment on different administrative levels.
During the last few years airborne as well as terrestrial laser scanning techniques have developed tremendously and now play an important role in landscape assessment. In addition to airborne laser scanning which has been successfully introduced as a means of collecting information on a regional level, terrestrial laser scanners can be used on a smaller scale to derive higher precision information.
Recent instruments, processing methods and their possibilities for use in forest and landscape assessment will be presented at this international conference.
The conference is regarded as a follow-up of the ScanLaser meeting held in Umeå, September 2003. It is aspired that terrestrial and airborne laser scanning are considered in a balanced way.

The aims of the conference are to

  • present results in assessing forests and landscapes by use of laser scanning techniques.
  • generate an active discussion on the status quo and future needs.
  • explore links between producers, researchers and users of laser technology.

Scientific board

Emmanuel Baltsavias (Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, ETH Zürich)
James B. Blair (Lab. for Terrestrial Physics, NASA)
Dieter Fritsch (Institute for Photogrammetry, University of Stuttgart)
Klaus von Gadow (Institute of Forest Management, University of Göttingen)
Juha Hyyppa (Finnish Geodetic Institute)
Alfred Kleusberg (Institute for Navigation, University of Stuttgart)
Barbara Koch (Dep. Remote Sensing and Landscape Information Systems, University of Freiburg)
Michael A. Lefsky (Dep. of Forest, Rangeland and Watership Stewardship, Colorado State University)
Steen Magnussen (Pacific Forestry Center, Natural Resources Canada)
Erik Næsset (Agricultural University of Norway)
Håkan Olsson (Dep. of Forest Resource Management and Geomatics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
Risto T. M. Päivinen (European Forest Institute)
Mathias Schardt (Joanneum Research, Graz)
Stephen Sheppard (Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia)
Heinrich Spiecker (Institute for Forest Growth, University of Freiburg)
George Vosselman (ITC Enschede)
Alyosius Wehr (Institute for Navigation, University of Stuttgart)

last update 19.10.2004 by S. Schlatter