Crowd-sourced data collection of forest regeneration growth

I am proud to announce the launch of a crowd-sourcing data collection campaign! The wide spread diffusion of smartphone and tablets, and the cheap fish-eye lenses available for such devices, can be a powerful complement to traditional research techniques. My aim is to involve foresters practitioners or simple forest visitors from all over the UK in a data collection related to the growth of conifer tree regeneration as function of the canopy cover. Please join the project and I will send you a free fish-eye lens for smartphone! Check more project details at simonebianchi.eu/crowdsourcing/

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HabitApp – a quick tool for canopy cover estimations

Thanks to a fellow researcher, I recently discovered this app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scrufster.habitapp

  • What does it do?
  • “HabitApp is designed for aiding habitat assessment in the field, providing a simple way to measure the leaf coverage provided by the surrounding tree canopy.”

  • Did I find it reliable?
  • Yes.
  • Did I find it useful for research purposes?
  • Yes.
  • Did I find it comparable with professional software/instruments to evaluate canopy characteristics?
  • In a sort of way. More of this to come soon!

My advice is to download it and use it in your forest assessments! More feedback to the developers can help to improve it.

The tree dome

Hello everyone. After a nice Christmas break, I eventually started some action! Together with Gruffud, another forestry student from Bangor University, we are surveying some plots around Clocaenog forest, one of the few sites where CCF is being tested in the UK (read more on: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/forestresearch.nsf/ByUnique/INFD-6LMJ5P). The forest comprises many Sitka spruce stands where different intensity of thinning and various types of shelterwood are being implemented, all focused to obtain the best natural regeneration. The Natural Resources Wales staff managing the site is very keen to help research activities. Thanks!

Gruff is particularly interested in studying the relationship between light regime and regeneration undercover, so we are taking some hemispherical pictures in each plot. We will later investigate the correlations (if any!) between stand characteristics, canopy transmittance and regeneration characteristics.

© Gruffudd Rhys-Sambrook

© Gruffudd Rhys-Sambrook

We’ll keep you updated!!