On Tuesday, the department of internal services published a tender for a company to provide LiDAR data for eastern Nova Scotia.
“It allows us to create a really detailed map that represents the land mass here in Nova Scotia,” said Colin MacDonald, director of geographic information services for the province.
The province is looking to survey the eastern coastline first, beginning with Cape Breton, Victoria, Inverness, Richmond, Guysborough, Antigonish and Pictou.
On Tuesday, MacDonald said this was the first year of a three-to-five-year plan in which they hope to extend LiDAR mapping across the province.
Nova Scotia’s thousands of kilometres of coastline mean it is prone to the effects of climate change.
“With climate change, there are variety of things forecast of which one of them is certainly sea level rise,” said Webster. He says this technology could be used to understand the areas that are vulnerable to storm surge today and in the future.
From a forestry perspective, Webster says the data is helpful for things like planning roads and determining the slope of land.
And in an urban setting, LiDAR mapping can be used to determine building heights while ensuring residents can still view the harbour from the street.