Study highlights uses of LiDAR for earthquake damage assessments

Collapsed building after the Kumamoto earthquake, Japan. Photo: Hyolee2/CC BY-SA 3.0

A study conducted by engineers from Tohoku University in Japan sees promising opportunities for LiDAR applications in the context of informing responders after earthquakes. The team investigated the use of LiDAR for earthquake damage assessments following two earthquakes which hit the Island of Kyushu within in 28 hours in April 2016.


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Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:44

North Carolina flood inundation maps highlight role of 3D elevation data in disaster management

When natural hazards, such as hurricanes and rainstorms, approach a specific area, high-resolution elevation mapping data can help assess and mitigate likely damage. In order to support geospatial data collection, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) launched the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to systematically collect enhanced elevation data in the form of high-quality light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data over coextensive United States, Hawaii, and U.S. territories.

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Thu, 18/01/2018 - 09:42

UK Environment Agency to make LiDAR data freely available

UK Environment Agency LiDAR data covering 60% of England and Wales to be freely available (Image: NASA/GSFC)

The UK Environment Agency (EA) will make its LiDAR data sets freely available to all users from September 2015.

Until now the EA’s accurate elevation data covering approximately 60 per cent of England and Wales was only accessible to selected non-commercial entities. The LiDAR technique that is used for environmental and land-use modelling, flood monitoring, asset management and urban planning will be available from September this year to the general public. This will also enable app developers to apply this dataset for their own tools.

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Fri, 19/06/2015 - 12:36

OGC’s 95th Technical Committee/Planning Committee Meetings

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) invites attendance at the June 2015 OGC Technical Committee Meeting be held at UCAR/NCAR Center Green in Boulder, Colorado 1 June to 5 June, 2015.






01/06/2015 to 05/06/2015



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USGS: Launch of 3D Elevation Program

Image showing the accurate flood information provided by 3DEP's maps

The US Geological Survey (USGS), along with other government agencies and the private sector, recently launched the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), composed on current and accurate three-dimensional mapping data finalized to replace outdated and inconsistent data.The USGS hosted a briefing in Washington on 25 July 2014 to discuss 3DEP and its benefits in more detail, demonstrating how the programme is being used nationwide and what it aims to accomplish.

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Thu, 28/08/2014 - 14:11

Landsat 8: Increased acquisition rates with up to 700 scenes per day

Granite outcrops in Yosemite National Park captured by Landsat 8 on April 2014

The United States Earth Observation satellite Landsat 8 has recently seen a high increase in acquisition rates. On average, 700 scenes per day have been acquired (compared to 550 images per day before June 2014). 

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Tue, 29/07/2014 - 15:01

Philippines: LiDAR mapping of major river basins completed

The Philippines are frequently affected by floods

The Department of Science and Technology  of Philippines (DOST) has achieved the Light Ranging and Detection Technology (LiDAR) mapping of the three major river basins in Western Visayas.

As part of the Disaster Risk Assessment, Exposure and Mitigation (DREAM) project, the mapping will assess the risk of flooding in Jalaur River, Panay River and Ilog-Hilabangan River in Negros Island.


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Mon, 28/07/2014 - 15:55

USGS announces forthcoming 3D Elevation Programme

High-resolution lidar image of Mount St. Helens, Washington

A new 3D Elevation Programme (3DEP), is the outcome of a partnership between USGS and other federal, state, local and private agencies in the United States, designed to respond to the growing needs for three-dimensional mapping data of the United States.

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Thu, 24/07/2014 - 10:52

Philippines launch Yolanda Rehabilitation Scientific Information Center

Image of Destruction in Phillippines

On 26 May 2014, the Yolanda Rehabilitation Scientific Information Center (YoRInfoCenter)  was launched  by the  Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The information center will be providing scientific data to the national  agencies and humanitarian organizations to aid in the rehabilitation of the Eastern region of Visayas that was ravaged by typhoon Yolanda, also known as typhoon Haiyan, in November 2013.


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Tue, 27/05/2014 - 08:39

World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC)

The World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC) is one of the six World Data Centres which are part of the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) programme of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The WOUDC began as the World Ozone Data Centre (WODC) in 1962 and produced its first data publication of Ozone Data for the World in 1964. In June 1992, Environment Canada agreed to a request from the WMO to add ultraviolet radiation data to the WODC.


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