Skip Links

USGS - science for a changing world

U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3017


Using Terrestrial Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) Technology for Land-Surface Analysis in the Southwest

By Christopher E. Soulard and Rian C. Bogle


Thumbnail of and link to report PDF (1.6 MB)

Emerging technologies provide scientists with methods to measure Earth processes in new ways. One of these technologies—ultra-high-resolution, ground-based light detection and ranging (lidar)—is being used by USGS Western Geographic Science Center scientists to characterize the role of wind and fire processes in shaping desert landscapes of the Southwest United States.

  • This report is also available in print from:

    USGS Information Services, Box 25286,
    Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225
    telephone: 888 ASK-USGS; e-mail:

For additional information:
Contact Information, Western Geographic Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road, MS 531
Menlo Park, California 94025

This report is presented in Portable Document Format (PDF); the latest version of Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view it. Download the latest version of Adobe Reader, free of charge.

Suggested citation:

Soulard, C.E., and Bogle, R.C., 2011, Using terrestrial light detection and ranging (lidar) technology for land-surface analysis in the Southwest: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011-3017, 2 p.

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
[an error occurred while processing this directive] URL:
Page Contact Information: USGS Publications Team
Page Last Modified: Tuesday, 29-Nov-2016 17:45:35 EST