Silvilaser 2008: 8th international conference on LiDAR applications in forest assessment and inventory

17th to 19th September 2008

What was Silvilaser 2008?

SilviLaser 2008 brought together research scientists and practitioners from around the world to share their experience in the development and application of LiDAR for forest assessment and inventory. Presentations covered all forms of laser system, from all possible platforms, and across a full range of forest applications. The conference had six session themes:

  • Forestry applications and inventory
  • Data fusion
  • Ecological applications and habitat mapping
  • Waveform LiDAR
  • Algorithm and techniques development
  • Terrestrial laser scanning and laser cameras.

SilviLaser 2008 attracted 170 delegates, who discussed the state-of-the-art in laser systems and data processing techniques in order to meet a range of information needs. The conference encouraged new and stronger linkages between LiDAR practitioners, and in particular between researchers, data providers and end-users of derived products.

There was a special session on ecological applications for forest habitat assessment, sponsored by the British Ecological Society and also a pre-conference workshop.

Keynote speakers at the main conference were:

  • Professor Ralph Dubayah (University of Maryland)
  • Professor Richard Lucas (University of Wales Aberystwyth)
  • Dr Wesley Newton (USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center) for the special session on ecological applications for forest habitat assessment.

Conference flier (PDF-243K)

Who was the conference suitable for?

Those with an interest in applications of LiDAR, especially in the area of forestry and forest related issues.

Where did the conference take place?

James Watt Centre II
Edinburgh Conference Centre
Heriot-Watt University


For further information please contact:

Evelyn Hall
Conference Organiser
Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Roslin, Midlothian,
EH25 9SY, UK

Tel: +44 (0)131 445 6916
Fax:  +44 (0)131 445 5124


What's of interest

This is one of the series of Silvilaser conferences that have continued every year since 2001.