Category Archives: Environmental

Precision Agriculture Informed with Drone Lidar

The RedTail LiDAR Systems’ RTL-400, designed specifically for use on small drones, is a cost-effective tool that provides high-resolution, accurately geolocated images needed to make informed business decisions. Precision agriculture is one area where it is well suited. As the … 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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Planting Trees is not the Solution to Climate Change

This morning, I spoke to Pachama’s co-founder and CEO, Diego Saez Gil–a graduate of the Y combinator who brings machine learning to the complex tree planting business. Pachama ensures in brief that the planting comes to action when an organization … Continue reading

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Cruise Origin – More Than Just an Autonomous Vehicle

Fifty years ago, cars looked like, in a word, cars. These cars were driven by human operators and came stuffed with a whole lot of equipment for that human operator to use: a steering wheel, pedals, knobs, and dials. And, … Continue reading

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DEM Users Manual 3rd Edition is Now Available

The 3rd edition of the DEM Users Manual includes 15 chapters, three appendices and a detailed Index. References in the eBook version are hyperlinked which is coming soon. Chapter and appendix titles include: 1. Introduction to DEMs 2. Vertical Datums … Continue reading

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Going Green Business Challenge – A YGP Initiative

I have been thinking about how to provide the Younger Geospatial Professional’s group with a high impact project that would have a universal appeal and that the group could get excited about working on. I have an idea that I … Continue reading

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Rain on Lidar Sensors – What is the effect on Performance?

This paper looks at the influence of rain on a lidar sensor using a mathematical model to predict the degradation of the performance. Among the many challenges involved in the development of safe, reliable advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), sensing … Continue reading

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Oil Spill Survey, First – of – its – Kind with Drone

On February 5, 2019, a cyclone shoved a bulk carrier into the edge of a reef on Rennell Island, cracking its hull. The fuel oil spill that resulted made international news, as it happened along the world’s largest raised coral … Continue reading

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Single Photon Lidar – Proper Use From an Industry Pioneer

As lidar sensor choices expand, knowing the right tool for the job is key. Single Photon Lidar – SPL, offers many benefits over traditional linear mode lidar, but it is not a panacea. by Qassim Abdullah, CP, PSM  and Michael … Continue reading

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Global Ocean Migration Mapped with Satellite Lidar

During World War II, naval oceanographers discovered a reflective layer that rose and fell across their sonar screens once each day. Further research revealed that it comprised a global ocean migration of swarms of fish and tiny sea creatures­ called … Continue reading

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