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Ecosynth develops low-cost user-deployed open-source systems for scanning ecosystems in 3D using:

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Forest Conservation Takes Off - Elsevier Atlas Award Winner for September 2015

Posted by Erle Ellis on October 2, 2015 at 1:14pm 0 Comments

Have a look at Elsevier Atlas- where our work on 3D scanning of tropical rainforest recovery in Costa Rica with Zak Zahawi, Karen Holl, and Leighton Reid has won the Elsevier Atlas Award for September 2015!…


Interest in using Ecosynth for remote sensing course

Posted by Jonathan Resop on September 23, 2015 at 2:39pm 1 Comment

Hi all,

I teach at UMCP in the Department of Geographical Sciences' professional masters in GIS program. One class that I teach is an advanced remote sensing class focused on lidar. I would love to bring Ecosynth into my course, perhaps as a lab assignment. That way I can introduce my students to a low-cost alternative to lidar for generating point clouds.

I have yet to use Ecosynth myself, so I'm a bit of a beginner (my expertise is mostly in lidar remote sensing).



first point cloud

Posted by cody smelf on June 15, 2015 at 3:05pm 0 Comments

My first point cloud


Here is a point cloud we made with a Phantom 3 quadcopter and AgiSoft PhotoScan. We exported it in the Po-Tree format then put it on the web by editing an example from the free potree viewer(https://github.com/potree/potree).

UMBC Forest Plot Data Published in Ecology

Posted by Jonathan Dandois on June 9, 2015 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

Representing several person-years worth of work (and several actual years, too!) our UMBC Forest Plot data paper and dataset is now published in the ESA journal Ecology as a Data Paper …


Monitoring tropical forest recovery with Ecosynth - must read in Biological Conservation!

Posted by Erle Ellis on June 3, 2015 at 7:30pm 1 Comment

The Editors of Biological Conservation have selected our article as their must-read choice for volume 186, published in June 2015. The article is free to download until 27 August 2015. Richard Primack elaborates on this selection with:





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