Category Archives: Environmental

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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Revolutionary Multi-wavelength Forest Scanning

New multi-wavelength laser scanners are being used to map forests in more detail than ever before, say researchers at the University of Salford in the UK and elsewhere. They believe that their state-of-the-art systems, which are now able to distinguish … Continue reading

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Free Lidar Terrain Data

MassGIS has lidar terrain and elevation data for the entire state of Massachusetts. The data can be used for for emergency response, drainage studies and hydrologic / floodplain modeling, development suitability analysis and infrastructure planning, identification of structures and other … Continue reading

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Big Data and Lidar

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing new solutions for the responsible and sustainable use of the resources of agriculture, forestry and fishery, as part of an international consortium. The main goal is to use Big Data particularly … Continue reading

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All of England to be Mapped with Lidar

England’s entire landscape will be mapped with lasers to tackle flooding, help conservation work and even track illegal waste dumps, the Environment Agency said. Under plans unveiled by the government agency, aircraft equipped with laser scanners will map all 130,000 … Continue reading

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Developing a 3DEP Partnership – Lessons Learned

To encourage geospatial data collection and foster information sharing, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) launched the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) three years ago. 3DEP is a valuable tool, but many state and local agencies may be unaware of the … Continue reading

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An Application Guide for Generating an Enhanced Forest Inventory

Press Release – Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) data enables the accurate three-dimensional characterization of vertical forest structure. ALS data have proven to be an information-rich asset for forest managers, enabling the generation of highly detailed digital elevation models and the … Continue reading

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Long Term Monitoring of Ice Loss on the Helheim Glacier

Leigh Stearns, a geologist with the University of Kansas, is working with a RIEGL VZ-6000 ultra long range terrestrial laser scanner, incorporated into an ATLAS (Autonomous Terrestrial Laser Scanning) system to monitor rates of ice loss on the Helheim Glacier … Continue reading

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Introductory Lidar FAQ

WWF-UK has compiled easy-to-read guidelines related to the practical use of LiDAR remote sensing in conservation and ecological research. The main argument behind creating these guidelines was that as vegetation and terrain structure has been known to determine habitat quality, … Continue reading

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Spotted Owl Habitat

A classic problem for forest managers has been protecting the habitat for the spotted owl while reducing the fire potential of those forests. A recent lidar survey provided key insights, including tree height and canopy density on how to solve … Continue reading

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