Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) project

Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) has been widely used to solve problems in the natural and built environments. This course introduces LiDAR principles, data processing methods, and applications in forestry, urban environments, and geosciences. It includes lectures, demos, hands-on exercises, Esri tutorials, and a course project. It is for those who have worked with vector and raster data using Esri’s ArcGIS. Students will develop skills to effectively use LiDAR data in a geographic information system environment for solving real world problems, and develop a course project on LiDAR data processing, analysis, or applications.

Course Project

Each student will complete an individual course project involving LiDAR data. Students should discuss project ideas with the instructor, identify a proper project topic, find LiDAR data for the project, and complete the project by the final week. The course project can be on LiDAR data processing and analysis methods, or any application of LiDAR. Each student will give a 10-minute presentation, and submit a course project report of 5– 8 single-spaced pages (including tables, figures, and references).


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