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September 12, 2012

Is laser scanning still new?

This week I stumbled upon a press release talking about a brand-new technology being employed to examine post-Isaac damage in the Gulf of Mexico area. “This new capability will enable scientists to collect highly detailed information in select population areas where the hurricane had the greatest impact,” I was told.

I quickly discovered, however, that someone’s “new” is someone else’s “not quite so new.” It was just plain old laser scanning being described. This got me thinking about whether or not laser scanning is truly still “new” and what the answer to that question means to those of us already working with the technology on an everyday basis.

And that’s the subject of this week’s SPARVlog. Take a look:

 

Supporting material:

• Jackson area publication referring to T-lidar.

• Initial press release from the USGS.

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