This section provides information on completed projects, their findings and observations as well as possible new innovations. Detailed descriptions of the progress and results of research are published as separate blogs.

Assessing wood properties in standing timber with laser scanning

The first completed project that we are presenting is Dr. Jiri Pyörälä’s dissertation Assessing wood properties in standing timber with laser scanning from the year 2020.

Doctor Pyörälä was awarded a three-year-grant by SLTS for years 2015-2017.

Interdisciplinary research yielded novel perspectives on both forest and wood sciences and remote sensing. In Pyörälä’s dissertation, the theory of tree formation was combined for the first time with modern methods of remote sensing of forests.

The main and the most important findings of the study were:

  • laser scanning is a reliable way of measuring and/or predicting the most important trunk and branch formation allocation (quality indicators)
  • combining the new measurement methods with the well-established tree formation theory opens up new opportunities for new practical applications
  • More carefully targeted, quality-based wood procurement planning would promote  sustainable use of forest resources and provide added value to the entire forest industry value chain.
  • more detailed information of the timber quality can also improve the  calculation accuracy of the carbon sinks

You can read more about the study in the blog: Assessing wood properties in standing timber with laser scanning