Assessing Biodiversity in 3D with LiDAR

Greg Asner, lead research scientist from the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University is using LiDAR and I assume a hyperspectral camera to assess the habitat of the Amazon rainforest.

The 3D images were created by channeling the returning light into a spectrometer kept at -204 degrees Fahrenheit which records the optical and chemical characteristics of the forest miles below. While the naked eye is able to perceive only an undifferentiated sea of endless green, the high-tech equipment registers a richly diverse 3D image in a panoply of colors.

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