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Mapping Floods With Light

Tue, 2013-02-05 14:46 -- llancaster

T-LIDAR method creates 3D maps of buildings, dams, and levees to show storm damage.
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Feb 5 2013 - 2:00pm
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3-D Mapping of Isaac Water Levels

Terrestrial Lidar to Map Flooding from Hurricane Isaac (Image) 

Berkeley Geomorphology Group

Inside Science Buzzwords:

  1. LIDAR - Short for Light Detection and Ranging, a remote-sensing technique that measures distances such as the depth of floodplains by bouncing laser light off objects. 
  2. T-LIDAR - Stands for Terrestrial Light Detection and Ranging; a remote-sensing technique that measures the height or mountain peaks or depths of valleys bouncing laser light off objects.
  3. Terrestrial - Related to Earth or land. 
  4. StarCAVE - A virtual reality room where scientific data, such as information from T-LIDAR, is projected on multiple display screens giving the viewer the ability to see the information in 3D. 
  5. Virtual Reality - A computer-generated environment that can replicate physical elements in a space, creating an imaginary world for the user.
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