Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Parker, Robert C.

Committee Member

Londo, Andrew J.

Committee Member

Evans, David L.

Committee Member

Jones, Jeanne C.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access



Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Forest Resources


Department of Forestry


A three dimensional sampling technique was used to compare field understory conditions in Southeastern Louisiana using a laser range finder at three height levels (0.5m, 1.0m, and 1.5m) to LiDAR generated understory conditions to determine if a relationship existed. A similar comparison was made between densitometer crown closure measurements and understory LiDAR vegetation counts. A comparison between overstory LiDAR counts and understory LiDAR counts was also performed. LiDAR and understory counts exhibited a significant linear relationship but were poorly correlated at each sample level (Level-1 R2 = 0.34 ? 0.38, Level-2 R2 = 0.36 ? 0.43). The Level-3 LiDAR slope coefficient was non-significant. The crown closure versus understory linear model did not produce any significant results. The overstory LiDAR versus understory LiDAR model produced a moderate correlation (R2 = 0.5226) and was significant. The process of relating LiDAR points to understory conditions was not repeatable, even in the same geographic region.