The forestr package calculates forest structure and canopy structure metrics from multiple data forms, including two-dimensional portable canopy LiDAR (PCL) raw data files and from certain processed three-dimensional terrestrial LiDAR scanner (TLS) data forms.


To install the development version



To process raw PCL data, which comes in .csv form as two columns: column one is a string of numbers that represent return distance in meters, and column two is a string of integers that represent return intensity.

You can run an example data set that is included, a 40 m forest transect from Ordway-Swisher Biological Station in Hawthorn, FL.

The process_pcl function writes data to an output folder that is created in the working directory.



The output includes:

  1. an output.csv file that contains 24 canopy structral complexity (CSC) metrics including rumple, canopy rugosity, and max canopy height. These metrics are defined in Hardiman et al. 2013.

  2. an output_hit_matrix.csv file that is a file that contains the adjusted VAI by x and z position in the canopy.

  3. a summary_matrix.csv file that gives the mean height, max heights, VAI and variance metrics by each columnar position, or x position along the transect.


The forestr package also produces hit grids--vegetation area index (VAI) for by 1 squared meter bins on the x and z axis through the canopy.

atkinsjeff/forestr documentation built on Nov. 29, 2017, 3:18 a.m.