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Laserfarm (Laserchicken Framework for Applications in Research in Macro-ecology) provides a FOSS wrapper to Laserchicken supporting the use of massive LiDAR point cloud data sets for macro-ecology, from data preparation to scheduling and execution of distributed processing across a cluster of compute nodes.


Laserfarm requires the PDAL and GDAL libraries and the PDAL Python bindings. These packages are most easily installed through conda from the conda-forge channel:

conda install pdal python-pdal gdal -c conda-forge

Laserfarm can then be downloaded and installed using pip:

pip install laserfarm

or using git + pip:

git clone
cd Laserfarm
pip install .

In order to setup a new conda environment with Laserfarm and all its dependencies, the YAML file provided can be employed:

conda env create -f environment.yml


The project’s full documentation can be found here.

Applications and Current Limitations

This package has been tested on data provided in a metric-based 2D-projected Cartesian coordinate system, i.e. the Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland. While some of the tools of Laserfarm could be applied to data in an ellipsoidal latitude/longitude coordinate system as well, this has not been tested and it is generally expected to fail.


If you want to contribute to the development of Laserfarm, have a look at the contribution guidelines.


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