Geospatial Lab formally started its research on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The Letter of Agreement (LOA) between Kathmandu University (KU) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has been signed for the research. The research focus will be on “Estimation of aboveground forest biomass and carbon stock using UAV images”
The project lasts till July 2015. During the period, the project will also extend it’s area on following tasks in order to achieve the major objective :
- design and develop UAV that is stable and reliable for photogrammetric image acquisition during rugged environment.
- develop software for georeferencing images captured using UAV
- geo-reference UAV images.
- estimate above ground forest biomass and carbon stock
The study area for the research is Kayarkhola watershed. This watershed is located in Chitwan district and consists of lower Tropical to lower Sub-tropical forests covering the attitudinal ranges from 300m to 1200m. It has 16 Community Forest Users’ Groups (CFUGs).The forest in the watershed has been divided into two strata: dense and sparse, for the purpose of monitoring carbon. Whilst 1,902 hectare of the land have been covered by dense forest, sparse forest area covers 479 hectare. A sample plot of approx. 2-3 sq km will be used as the study area.