Newsletter June 2021

Dear SilviLaser Community!

The Covid situation is improving day by day and several relaxation steps have already come into effect in Austria. For example, events of several hundred people are already allowed again. Therefore, we are very optimistic that we will be able to physically host the SilviLaser conference at the end of September. We would therefore be very pleased to welcome you here in Vienna. Furthermore, there will be a big benchmark where different companies as well as research institutions will demonstrate their equipment. There will be the opportunity to test the latest sensors directly in the forest and to discuss details with the manufacturers.

Apart from that, the conference lives from your contributions. We have already received many contributions, but would also be pleased to receive practical examples from e.g. NFIs. We are planning a dedicated session to discuss the operational use of different LiDAR systems in forest inventories together with users, researchers and sensor manufacturers. If you are still undecided whether to submit an abstract or not, I encourage you to do so. If the extended abstract is too much work for you, you can of course also submit a classic short abstract.

I would also like to announce that the details for the special issue in the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (JAG) are fixed now and that they will be published soon. The special issue primarily aims to publish extended versions of selected papers presented at the SilviLaser 2021 conference, but also new submissions on the related topics may also be considered.
Finally, I would like to point out the following keynote speakers who have already been confirmed:
  • Prof. Juha Hyyppä: Recent developments with mobile laser scanning for forestry applications
  • Prof. Håkan Olsson: Nationwide ALS-forest products supported by NFIs, current status and future trends
  • Dr. Gottfried Mandlburger: The benefits of different LiDAR systems – Full waveform vs. single-photon LiDAR
  • Prof. Guo Qinghua: Developing multiple platform LiDAR systems for scaling forest parameters from plot levels to global levels
  • Dr. Amy Neuenschwander: IceSat-2 for forestry applications
Further keynotes will be fixed in the next days.
Looking forward to read your abstracts and to welcome you at the SilviLaser 2021. Please find details on how to submit at https://silvilaser2021.at/call-for-abstracts/.
Kind regards,
Markus Hollaus
(Chair of the Organizing Committee)