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President’s Prize goes to Mat Disney

Best presentation, on Terrestrial Laser Scanning

President’s Prize goes to Mat Disney

Dr. Mat Disney was awarded the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society President's Prize for the best oral presentation at the Society's Annual meeting, held in Southampton in September.

Mat's talk was on, New assessments of tropical forest biomass and structure using terrestrial laser scanning, and covered some of the new work being led by his group in UCL Geography, measuring tropical trees to estimate how much carbon they are storing.

He showed some of his team's latest results, in particular how laser scanning captures many more trees, of different sizes, than is possible using more traditional methods. Crucially, estimates of the size and mass of the trees measured with the laser appear to agree very well with independent estimates.

The conference theme was Earth Observation in the Sentinel era, referring to European Space Agency's flagship Sentinel satellite observing system, which will provide routine, high quality global observations across all areas of climate, the environment and human activity, under the EU COPERNICUS programme.

Mat delivered his talk as part of a session on new observation techniques. It was selected from more than 100 oral presentations at the meeting and he will receive his winner's certificate at the September 2016 RSPSoc meeting in Nottingham.

Image: A 100 x 5 m 'slice' through a tropical rainforest plot in the Brazilian Amazon, captured via laser scanning. The colours represent height, up to around 50m for the tallest trees.


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