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Using LiDAR to explore the Critical Zone

Colorful 3D data visualization comparing LiDAR point cloud data and a canopy model.  The data help map the distribution and severity of the Las Conchas forest fire.
Colorful 3D data visualization comparing LiDAR point cloud data and a canopy model. The data help map the distribution and severity of the Las Conchas forest fire.
Use LiDAR data and display software to analyze the effects of a forest fire in New Mexico. LiDAR is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure distances to Earth. It enables the Critical Zone to be explored at fine scales (~1 m) over large areas (>100 km2).

Grades 13 - 16
GIS/RemoteSensing • Biology/Ecology
Computer Activity 


Educational Objectives

  • Define or describe LiDAR.
  • Use LiDAR datasets to compare and contrast landscape appearance before and after a forest fire.

This activity requires a fast PC computer and basic computer skills.

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Audience
K-12
Higher Education


Observatory: Catalina-Jemez CZO

Author(s): Adrian Harpold (Univ. of Nevada) and Tim White (Pennsylvania State University)


Funding: NSF CZO