Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Nevada - last in the nation for LiDAR coverage

As Nevadans we're used to placing last or near last in lots of socioeconomic indicators. According to the USGS 3DEP program we may well be last in another category: LiDAR coverage.

LiDAR or laser altimetry is a valuable technology used for mapping all sorts of things ranging from building heights to flood zones to timber volumes.  I've used LiDAR a lot in my own work, and I believe that it is moving beyond a new cool tool to a critical piece of data infrastructure.  In fact, a lot of remote sensing products rely strongly on LiDAR.  As a state we need to be thinking about investing in LiDAR data if we want to solve the 21st century problems that all of the other states are solving.