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Use of Lidar for coastal habitat mapping

Figure 2:Left panel from Banic & Cunningham (1998), right panel from Guenther et al. (2000)

This article describes how Lidar (Laser or Light Detection and Ranging) can be used to collect data about coastal habitats. The article gives an introduction of the measurement principle and also explains how to plan for a Lidar-survey. More information about the conversion of collected data and the output of Lidar can be found in the article Data processing and output of Lidar.


Introduction

Lidar (Laser Induced Detection And Ranging ou LIght Detection And Ranging) is an active remote sensing technique using light emission. Part of the light is diffused or absorbed by the environment and the other part is backscattered in the direction of the source of radiation. The time difference...