SilviLaser 2017

October 10 - 12, 2017  *  Blacksburg, Virginia
Call for Papers

The aim of SilviLaser 2017 is to bring together research scientists and practitioners from around the world to share their experience in the development and application of lidar to improve our understanding of forest ecosystem functioning and facilitate their sustainable management through improved forest assessment and inventory. It also aims to strengthen and develop new linkages between researchers, data providers, and product end users.

Themes and topics will cover a wide range of laser technologies, from terrestrial to spaceborne lidar, and their use across a diversity of forest and forested landscape applications

Submissions are invited in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Forest assessment and monitoring: including inventory, forest carbon, forest products, etc.
  • Lidar for forest ecosystem modeling: including biodiversity, forest health, forest disturbance, etc.
  • Fusion of lidar with other geospatial products/technologies for forest applications
  • Global space-based datasets
  • Emerging technologies: multispectral lidar, photon counting systems
  • Additional 3-dimensional approaches to deriving forestry and elevation data
  • Lidar in the classroom: educational approaches and initiatives for students of all levels
  • Products / end users / user segment / operational issues
  • Innovative and emerging applications

For questions contact:

Valerie Thomas
Associate Professor
Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
(540) 231-0958

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Abstract Submission Deadline: May 5, 2017.

Author Instructions
In order for your paper or poster to be considered for inclusion in SilviLaser 2017, you must submit an abstract by the submission deadline. Please use the abstract template format to prepare your submission. Save your abstract as an MS Word document.

Abstract guidelines
Please list all authors and affiliations. Abstracts should consist of a single paragraph of 300 words maximum. We strongly encourage authors to use the following style of structured abstracts, but without headings: (1) Background and Objective: Place the question addressed in a broad context and highlight the purpose of the study; (2) Methods: Describe briefly the main methods or treatments applied; (3) Results: Summarize the main findings; and (4) Conclusion: Indicate the main conclusions or interpretations. The abstract should be an objective representation of the proposed poster or presentation. Please also list 3 pertinent keywords specific to the poster or presentation that are not obvious from the title or abstract.

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Previously unpublished material
  • Originality
  • Of interest to the SilviLaser community
  • Clear and explicit methods and results, supported by quantitative information.
  • Timeliness of submission


The SilviLaser 2017 Scientific Committee will endeavor to review abstracts in a timely fashion. All authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by email by June 10, 2017.

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