The Compact Biomass Lidar (CBL) (LMS151-101100) is a non-contact distance measurement sensor designed for close range 5-20m measurement of physical features, such as trees, stream banks, erosion gullies and beaches. The system was developed by Prof. Crystal Schaaf’s lab, Univ. Massachusetts Boston – and is described here. RSRC and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences purchased the system as a low cost alternative to our full waveform Riegl VZ4000

If you wish to borrow this equipment, please follow the process below:



Borrowing Procedure

In the first instance the intended borrower must read and agree, without exception, to all conditions of use below and then email the following information to RSRC Equipment:

  • An explicit description of the intended use/purpose of the scanner including the intended location the CBL will be used and details of the environment.
  • The duration the scanner is required.
  • Details of experience of operating a CBL. It is mandatory that an experienced and approved (by UQ RSRC) operator is responsible for the equipment. If you do not have sufficient training you will be required to have an approved operator assist you.

The intended borrower will be advised, by return email, on their application approval. Please note that an application may be declined due to availability (UQ RSRC have precedence over bookings), the nature of the request does not meet suitable research purposes, or insufficient trained personnel will be present or available.

Conditions of Use

  • The CBL must be operated by an approved and trained operator. If the intended borrower does not have sufficient experience and training cannot be obtained, then the borrower will need to cover costs of a CBL operator for the trip.
  • Within two months of using the CBL the captured data and meta must be uploaded onto the TERN Auscover Data Portal  and be provided under a cc by licence. This is a mandatory condition of use.
  • The borrowing party is responsible/liable for:
    • Any loss or damage to the equipment (the CBL, the accompanying components and accessories). The borrower must return the CBL in the same condition is was borrowed. However, if loss or damage occurs to the CBL, the accompanying components and accessories the borrower accepts responsibility and will pay the insurance excess and/or repair/replacement costs.
    • Organising and incurring the full cost of transportation/shipping costs.