A new project uses drones to visualise forest trees and to improve weather forecasting

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To improve weather forecasting, a research team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison uses  Routescene’s UAV lidar system to detect and visualize forests in Northern Wisconsin.

By examining prominent tree species, including Aspen, Pine, Poplar, Larch, Cedar, and Hardwood, in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest the researchers aim to understand how water, heat, and carbon interact across a variety of landscapes.

The visual data collected by the drones will help to generate knowledge that advances the science of surface flux measurement and modelling, relevant to many scientific applications such as numerical weather prediction, climate change, energy resources, and computational fluid dynamics.

Find out more about the project: https://flux.aos.wisc.edu/projects/2018/6/19/cheesehead19

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