ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Publications Copernicus
Articles | Volume X-2-2024
10 Jun 2024
 | 10 Jun 2024

Accurate Calculation of Tree Stem Traits in Forests Using Localized Multi-View Registration

Haruna Kawasaki, Saki Komoriya, and Hiroshi Masuda

Keywords: Forest, Traits, Point-Cloud, Registration, Terrestrial Laser Scanner

Abstract. In recent years, there has been a high demand in forestry and forest research for the accurate measurement of tree traits from point clouds captured by terrestrial laser scanners. However, the reliability of the calculated values is not sufficient due to the difficulty of accurate registration of each tree over a large area of forest. To solve this problem, we introduce localized multi-view registration for correcting the registration matrix of each tree stem. In addition, we discuss methods for registering the whole point clouds of a forest by using the registration matrices locally calculated for tree stems. Especially, we discuss a method to align tree stem points that do not have sufficient overlapping points required in registration. The proposed method was applied to actual forest point clouds and diameter at breast height (DBH) was compared to the manually measured DBH. Experimental results showed that the proposed method was effective in reducing registration errors and in calculating tree stem traits with high accuracy.