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April 14, 2014

LiDAR at Rice Rivers Center

On April 1, the Environmental Remote Sensing class met at the Rice Rivers Center to explore LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data collection and processing. Students received a lecture and participated in discussion of the technology, and were able to spend time manipulating data using imaging software in order to gain a better understanding of this cutting-edge technology.

Using airborne and terrestrial data collection methods, remote sensing scientists are able to collect massive amounts of data to create dramatically accurate images. Students on this day were exposed to a dataset containing approximately 150 million data returns.

This technology is being developed and employed by scientists worldwide, and locally by the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). In this mutually beneficial partnership with Rice Rivers Center, the ERDC is using the center as one location to collect and test data.

LiDAR is used in environmental, humanitarian and military applications; for the Rice Rivers Center specifically, LiDAR is an excellent structural landscaping tool that is being used for the 70-acre wetland restoration project on the property.

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