Advances in animal ecology from 3D-LiDAR ecosystem mapping.

  title={Advances in animal ecology from 3D-LiDAR ecosystem mapping.},
  author={Andrew B Davies and Gregory P Asner},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={29 12},
The advent and recent advances of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) have enabled accurate measurement of 3D ecosystem structure. Here, we review insights gained through the application of LiDAR to animal ecology studies, revealing the fundamental importance of structure for animals. Structural heterogeneity is most conducive to increased animal richness and abundance, and increased complexity of vertical vegetation structure is more positively influential compared with traditionally measured… CONTINUE READING
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