You may come across a ZEB-REVO in action!
This week not 1 but 2 REVOs are out and about scanning in forests across the world.
Firstly, the guys at UCL’s Department of Geography are in Gabon, West Africa, scanning previously surveyed plots to measure changes over time. They are testing out the ZEB-REVO to measure tree height and diameter, and so far the unit is performing well. The team found themselves “surprised at the level of detail and how well the tree trunks were captured”. Read more about their experience so far and check out a selection of photos and data images collected by Mathias Disney and the team in his blog.
You can also follow Mathias Disney on Twitter: @mathiasdisney
A bit closer to home, Tom Potter, a PhD student at the University of Leicester is also putting the REVO through its paces at a number of forestry locations in the UK. Tom is interested in studying areas of mixed tree species, and seeing how well the ZEB data can identify each species (by comparing tree heights, trunk diameter, etc.). He will be assessing how the range of the unit is affected by different lighting conditions, as well as walking a number of transects across survey areas, to see how the length of loops affects SLAM registration. All of the above will be collated in order to establish a protocol for the ‘optimum condition’ in which to undertake surveys in forests. Tom is already “very very impressed” with the results he is getting, and we look forward to learning more about his experiences with the REVO over the course of the week.
You can keep up to date on Tom’s progress by following him on Twitter: @nearIR