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Application of UAV Lidar in Mongolian Grassland Restoration Research

UAV Lidar for Mongolian Grassland Restoration

LiDAR is also called Laser Radar or LADAR (Laser Detection and Ranging). Lidar is an emerging active remote sensing technology that uses a laser as the emission light source and adopts photoelectric detection technology.


The working principle of lidar is very similar to that of radar. The laser is used as the signal source. The pulsed laser emitted by the laser reaches the trees, roads, bridges and buildings on the ground, causing scattering, and part of the light waves will be reflected to the receiver of the lidar. According to the principle of laser ranging, the distance from the laser radar to the target point can be obtained. The pulse laser continuously scans the target object, and the data of all the target points on the target object can be obtained. Accurate 3D stereo images are obtained.

Due to the influence of grazing, climate and other factors, the natural grassland will be degraded, and the height of grassland plants will decrease, the density will decrease, and the species will decrease. The Inner Mongolia Ecological Grass Animal Husbandry Pilot Area successfully applied lidar technology to grassland research. How to take effective measures to maintain and restore grassland has become an important research topic.

By scanning a large area with the lidar system, a digital surface model (DEM) of the grassland vegetation in the surveyed area can be obtained, which reflects the height distribution of the top of the vegetation. Digital Elevation Model (DEM), which reflects the height distribution of the vegetation bottom, that is, the ground from which the vegetation is removed. By subtracting the two, the canopy height model (CHM) of the vegetation can be obtained. The latter removes the fluctuation of the ground level and accurately obtains the distribution and change of the plant's own canopy height and plant density.

UAV Lidar for Mongolian Grassland Restoration

UAV Lidar for Mongolian Grassland Restoration

UAV Lidar for Mongolian Grassland Restoration

The measurement efficiency of lidar technology is very high, and it can complete the measurement of a large area in a short time and obtain a wide range of data. At the same time, the lidar has high precision, which can exclude the fluctuation of the ground, accurately obtain information such as the height and density of the grass vegetation itself, accurately and quantitatively reflect the effect of different measures on the restoration of the grassland, and can intuitively see the effect of different areas. this difference.

The effects of grassland nutrient replenishment on grassland restoration were studied through UAV RGB images. The difference in coverage and color under different fertilization rates can be visually seen from the images, and accurate values can be obtained. Combined with the true values of species numbers and biomass obtained from the field survey of the later sample plots, correlation analysis can be used to evaluate the correlation between the restoration of grassland biodiversity and growth conditions and different nutrient replenishment amounts.