High resolution topographic mapping is a core component of many geoscience lidar applications. Although airborne lidar can cover larger areas, the level of detail recorded by ground-based lidar is unparalleled. If you want to measure the volume of your field crew’s boot prints in the mud we can do it. Although that level of fidelity is unnecessary for many applications it does highlight the many possibilities. In addition, since you’re no longer limited to collecting data from an aerial perspective it is ideal for use in lithologic and structural characterization. Visit the Earth Surface Case Study for more information on possible applications.
Lidar Guys has a strong research background in the geosciences and we have completed academic and industry projects at locations around the world. Whether you’re seeking a well defined standard deliverable like high resolution DEMs or all you have is half of a project idea, we would love to talk to you. We’re always looking for new challenges and coming up with answers to questions no one has thought of yet is the best challenge there is.
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Weissmann, G., Pickel, A., McNamara, K., Frechette, J. Kalinovich, I., Allen-King, R., and Jankovic, I., 2015, Characterization and quantification of aquifer heterogeneity using outcrop analogs at the Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario, Canada, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 127, p. 1021-1035.