High-tech lasers to help Sweden build detailed maps of all its forests

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Sweden's 'outdoor access rights' have been translated into several languages to encourage immigrants to explore nature. (Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP)
A hunter in a forest in Sundsvall, central Sweden, in 2011. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
A laser-scan of all the forests in Sweden is about to be made, a process that will take seven years, and will result in data points that can be used to make detailed maps.

Radio Sweden spoke to the head of operations for laser data at the Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration, which has recently received the task from the government to carry out the project, to find out why this mapping is needed and how it works.

With additional reporting from Stefan Nordberg at Swedish Radio’s Science department.

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