LiDAR Resources

Caitlin Dempsey

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Find resources, tutorials and tools for working with LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) elevation data, particularly within the GIS environment.

LAStools
Tools page from Martin Isenburg and Jonathan Shewchuk for converting, viewing, and compressing LIDAR data in LAS format.

LIDAR Data from NOAA
Use this page to see if LIDAR data is available for download from NOAA within the United States.

LIDAR data processing with open source tools

Blog post from Matt Perry on the availability of open source tools for processing LIDAR data. Included in the post is a link to the pylas.py module.

LIDAR Use in a GIS
Resource page from NOAA on using LiDAR data in GIS. Some of the information is outdate with references to ArcView 3.x project files but there are some useful tools available on the site.

Visualizing LIDAR in Google Earth
Created by Martin Isenburg and Jonathan Shewchuk, this tool allows for the ” quick visualization of LIDAR data in Google Earth.”

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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.

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