Creating a Tree Canopy Profile


I’ve been heading up my companies efforts as we move into more remote sensing and have been creating pretty standard Topographic surveys using drone LiDAR and photogrammetry. A recent proposal is requesting a “Tree Canopy Profile” of nearby forested areas to the site. I was wondering about the best way to go about that. My thought process would be to create a separate file where I would turn the canopy into “Terrain” then create a TIN and contour package similar to the ground, but perhaps there’s a less convoluted way.


The best way is to simply use the Digital Surface Model which is a primary output from Mapper or Matic. After you create the DSM I would then bring it into either QGIS or ArcGIS which you can then create a terrain profile.