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Discrete-return point clouds
Discrete-return lidar Find out more about discrete-return lidar: See if publicly-available lidar is in your area of interest; look for articles and other websites about lidar.
Bare Earth
Bare Earth Find out more about the USGS bare earth derivatives from lidar: Go to our National Elevation Dataset (NED) page. NED contains bare earth elevation data created by lidar and other sources.
EAARL Find out more about USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program´┐Żs collaboration with NASA and NPS to publish data acquired by the Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar (EAARL) system. Optionally, visualize and download lidar data and CIR imagery in Google Earth.
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There has been increasing demand for research utilizing all information generated from lidar remote sensing data and not just bare earth digital elevation models (DEMs). While this technology has been a proven mapping tool, effective for generating bare earth DEMs,research on using the entire point cloud of this remote sensing data for scientific applications have been slowed by:
  • The high cost of collecting lidar
  • A steep learning curve on research and understanding involving utilizing the entire point cloud.

The goal of CLICK is to facilitate data access, user coordination and education of lidar remote sensing for scientific needs.

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