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Fact Sheet 2011–3137

Decision Support for Coastal Science and Management

Lidar Vegetation Mapping in National Parks: Gulf Coast Networks

By John C. Brock, Monica Palaseanu-Lovejoy, and Martha Segura

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Airborne lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) is an active remote sensing technique used to collect accurate elevation data over large areas. Lidar provides an extremely high level of regional topographic detail, which makes this technology an essential component of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science strategy. The USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) has collaborated with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Park Service (NPS) to acquire dense topographic lidar data in a variety of coastal environments.

First posted February 1, 2013

For additional information contact:
Lidar Acquisitions and Operations Coordinator
600 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 803–8747 ext. 3089

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Suggested citation:

Brock, J.C., Palaseanu-Lovejoy, Monica, and Segura, Martha, 2011, Lidar vegetation mapping in national parks—Gulf Coast Network: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3137, 2 p. (Also available at

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