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 come from the Ministry for Primary Industries and Land Information New Zealand. I realize that New Zealand is a relatively small country, but shouldn’t we have agencies like this?
Once completed, the LiDAR data will be free for the public and commercial businesses to use in a range of areas, including infrastructure design, urban planning and flood plan mapping.
Council’s environment and science manager Lois Easton says it will provide the quality spatial information needed to make informed choices about land development options.
“This is a key element in unlocking land productivity. It will also be invaluable to the forestry industry who often fly localized LIDAR to help with harvest planting.
The data will assist in road design and planning, as well as management of erosion and flooding in rivers in the district.
“LIDAR will also enable us to better map and therefore manage natural hazards such as tsunami and storm surge areas of impact. It will enable accurate mapping of earthquake faults, landslides and earthflows and other areas of instability,” Ms Easton says.
Other areas that will benefit from the data is riverbed and gravel management and the identification and preservation of unmapped archaeological sites.
It is likely the LIDAR flying will take place in early summer.
Council’s principal scientist Murry Cave and land information manager Mark Cockburn are leading the project.