|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Field-based exercises||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Group presentation with individual assessment||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Field work report (2000 words)||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmission of failed assignment||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- Design a survey of vegetation (specifically forests)
- Establish and layout sample plots for vegetation inventory and conduct standard measurements
- Set up a survey network using a combination of total stations and GPS
- Set up and operate a terrestrial laser scanner.
- Plan field campaigns in support of airborne/spaceborne remote sensing surveys.
- Write manuals/protocols relating to collection of field, ground and airborne remote sensing data.
- Explain and articulate methods of field, ground and airborne remote sensing data collection.
A field-based module with focus on methods of vegetation inventory and survey design, use of ground-based spatial technologies, and planning in support of airborne remote sensing campaigns
Plot/transect measurement techniques
Basic forest measurement (species, structure, biomass)
Setting up survey networks, GPS
Introduction to terrestrial laser scanning
Planning of airborne/ campaigns
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Use of mathematics and statistics; computer-based work.|
|Communication||Presentation and manual/report writing|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Field-based exercises and literature review.|
|Information Technology||Use of new technologies (e.g., gps, terrestrial laser scanners, total stations)|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Awareness of various approaches to field survey and ground, airborne and spaceborne remote sensing data and relevance to business, government organisations and science institutions.|
|Problem solving||Establishing plot layouts, optimal methods for vegetation survey, layout of survey networks and use of terrestrial laser scans; design of airborne surveys|
|Research skills||Forest inventory techniques, use of ground-based spatial technologies, retrieval of tree and stand level information.|
|Subject Specific Skills||As above.|
|Team work||Forest based inventory and survey layout involving a high level of team work|
Reading ListEssential Reading
Kangas, A. and Maltamo, M. (2009) Forest inventory: Methodology and Applications (Managing Forest Ecosystems) Springer Primo search Kohl, M. (2010) Sampling methods, remote sensing and GIS multirresource forest inventory (tropical forestry) Springer Primo search Mandallaz, D. (2007) Sampling techniques for forest inventories Chapman and Hall Primo search Shan, J. and Toth, C.K. (2008) Topographic laser ranging: principles and processing CRC Press Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 7