Category Archives: Environmental

Using Lidar to Save the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

The National Park Service believe that lake trout were illegally introduced into Yellowstone Lake in the 1980’s. The lake trout are predators of the cutthroat trout whose native range in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming has been shrinking. The Park Service … Continue reading

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UAS in Transportation Expo

OSU graduate student and FAA Part 107 certified remote pilot, Chase Simpson, collects UAS lidar with a Velodyne Puck, xNAV direct georeferencing system, and S1000 airframe at an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) construction site. Oregon State University is hosting … Continue reading

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May the Forests Be With You

NASA is playing up the Star Wars theme with the coming launch of GEDI, a lidar sensor package that will be mounted on the International Space Station this fall with the primary mission being the 3D mapping of the world’s … Continue reading

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NASA is Calibrating the Space Station Lidar

(From article by Ruth Fraňková, Petr Kološ) The Žofín forest, located in Novohradské Hory in the Czech Republic near the border with Austria, was declared a protected area in 1838. Its oldest trees, mostly giant spruces and firs, are up … Continue reading

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Trees Move When They Sleep

When researchers from Denmark and Hungary studied twenty-two individual tree and shrub species by scanning them overnight under strictly controlled conditions they were surprised by the results. “We detected a previously unknown periodic movement of up to one centimeter in … Continue reading

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New Zealand Lidar Project

The Gisborne District Council in New Zealand will receive over $1 million in funding to acquire LIDAR across the entire district. The Council believes this project will bring major economic and infrastructure benefits for the entire region. The funding will … Continue reading

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Calculating Tree Volumes

It’s difficult to use a video to explain 3D point cloud workflows, but this one from the UK does an excellent job with visually demonstrating how tree volumes can be calculated using 3D scanned data. Like many challenges with remote … Continue reading

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3D Yosemite

My son and I just spent a few days in Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Truly spectacular and inspiring locations. We were a little early in the season, but we had the best luck in Yosemite. In a … Continue reading

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Lidar Data via a Subscription Model

This innovative business model – data-as-a-service (DaaS) – is being used in the area around Perth, Australia to offer local governments lidar-derived, 3D data via a recurring subscription model. This can make a lot of sense from a budget planning … Continue reading

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2018 JACIE Workshop Call for Abstracts

The JACIE Team (Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation) is excited to issue this Call for Abstracts for the 2018 JACIE Workshop. This year’s JACIE workshop will be held in College Park, Maryland on September 18-20′ 2018. The JACIE workshop focuses … Continue reading

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