LiDAR Working Group


lidar planeBetsy Boynton, Dyncorp Systems & Solutions, contracted to the USGS. Public domain.

What is LiDAR? LiDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulse laser to produce high-resolution information about the Earth’s surface. This information can be used to estimate streamflow, snowpack and associated runoff, flood risk, and a host of other water management questions. In addition to water management, LiDAR data are used by many sectors in California including forest/fire, water, and roads and land use.

Why is this project needed? While incredibly valuable, LiDAR data is expensive to collect. Coordinating data acquisition provides opportunities for cost-sharing, enables interoperability across data sets, and avoids data gaps or inconsistencies. It can also ensure that data are collected and shared on an ongoing basis.

What will this project focus on? The LiDAR Working Group meets regularly to discuss and coordinate around gaps and opportunities in LiDAR planning, collection, and education in California. The Group is a partnership between the California Water Data Consortium (Consortium) and the Water Solutions Network (WSN) with support from the Consensus and Collaboration Program (CCP) at CSUS provided by the Department of Water Resources.

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Project Partners

CA Water Quality Monitoring Council at SWRCB
California Department of Conservation
California Department of Technology
California Government Operations Agency
California Natural Resources Agency
Department of Water Resources
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
State Water Resources Control Board
United States Geological Survey
Water Solutions Network
Watershed Research and Training Center