Coastal Lidar

LIDAR — Light Detection and Ranging — is a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth.

Coastal Lidar reflects elevation information, which is a primary data consideration for management activities in the coastal zone, including conservation. Elevation data can be examined in relation to other factors and climate change stressors, such as sea level rise, storm inundation, lake-level drops, or drought across the landscape and seascape, illuminating critical areas that may need to be protected or conserved.

Screenshot from NOAA Digital Coast’s Topographical Lidar collection.