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Operational Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) for Tropical Forests


Example of Operational Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) in a tropical forest. View larger format.

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  • Ruggedized data storage and processing equipment—both in-house servers and deployable systems
  • Developed end-to-end automated processing software for lidar data specific to tropical forests
  • access to super-computing facilities through The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC): Stampede (2013)-
  • Most powerful supercomputer in the U.S. dedicated to academic resaearch

Experience in Tropical Forests

  • Fully automated Digital Terrain Model (DTM) generation already developed for dense, triple-canopy tropical forests in Gabon, Africa
  • Biomass estimation and canopy characterization
  • Enhanced ground detection using novel algorithm solutions
  • Target detection (man-made objects in natural environment) within the human activity layer