Akira Kato

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Akira Kato
Chiba University
Graduate School of Horticulture
Job title
Assistant Professor
Ph.D.(University of Washington)


Dr. Akira Kato received Ph.D. at University of Washington, Seattle, USA. His specialty is forest remote sensing, especially LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging). There are three main research topics, the reconstruction of tree crown structure from high resolution LiDAR data using computer graphic technique, quantification of the woody biomass using terrestrial laser, and analyzing the ecological network in urban area using large coverage of airborne LiDAR data. A portable terrestrial laser scanner has been developed and used to take 3D data of any type of forest (from tropical to boreal forest) in the world to automate field survey as field validation of satellite remote sensing. He received teaching awards: best teaching award from College of Forest Resources, University of Washington and best teaching surveying and GIS award from ASPRS (American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing).

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Jan 2009
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Horticulture, Chiba University
Sep 2003
Dec 2008
Teaching and Research Assistant, College of Environment, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington


Sep 2003
Dec 2008
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, College of Environment, University of Washington

Published Papers

An automatic method to estimate forest coverage and strata from terrestrial laser data
Akira Kato
Journal of Japanese Society of Revegetation Technology   45(1)    Sep 2019   [Refereed]
Relationships between Satellite-Based Spectral Burned Ratios and Terrestrial Laser Scanning
Akira Kato
Forests   10(5) 444-458   May 2019   [Refereed]
Spatial distribution of Leaf N2 content in natural mixed species forest using 3D data taken by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Inoue, M., Shibata, H., Yoshida, T., Nakaji, T., Obanawa, H., Kato, A.
Japanese Journal of Forest Environment   61(1) 1-13   2019   [Refereed]
Forest Fire Disaster Assessment using ALOS 2 and Terrestrial Laser Scanner
Kato A., Wakabayashi, H., Osawa, A., Watanabe, M., Moskal L.M., Hudak, A.
Proceedings of ForestSAT 2018   65-66   Nov 2018
Photogrammetry-based Texture Analysis of a Volcaniclastic Outcrop-peel: Low-cost Alternative to TLS and Automation Potentialities using Haar Wavelet and Spatial-Analysis Algorithms
Gomez, C., Kataoka,K., Saputra, A., Wassmer,P., Urabe,A., Morgenroth,J., Kato, A.
Forum Geografi   31(1) 16-27   2017   [Refereed]
L Band Circularly Polarized SAR Onboard Microsatellite
Sumantyo,JTS., Imura,N., Onishi,S., Yasaka,T., Triharjanto,RH, Ito,K., Gao,S., Namba,K., Hattori,N., Yamazaki, F., Hongo,C., Kato,A., Perissin,D.
IGARSS IEEE International   5382-5385   2017   [Refereed]
Tropical Forest Disaster Monitoring with Multi-scale Sensors from Terrestrial Laser, UAV, to satellite radar
Kato, A., Wakabayashi, H., Bradford, M., Watanabe, M., and Yamaguchi Y.
IGARSS IEEE International   2883-2886   2017   [Refereed]
Apprication to Laser Scanner to Forest Measurement
Kato, A.
The Review of Laser Engineering   44(5) 320-325   2016   [Refereed]