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8 interesting LiDAR applications today

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) is a remote sensing technology that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure distance. This creates 3D information about an object concerning its environment. LiDAR technology is useful to various industries, from agriculture to meteorology, autonomous vehicles, and many more. Below are just a few of the many applications of LiDAR today:

  1. Renewable Energy – LiDAR can be used to identify basic requirements to channel solar energy. It is also utilized to calculate direction and wind speed helpful for wind farms to build and place turbines.
  2. Agriculture – LiDAR can help agriculture companies pinpoint areas with optimal sunshine for more efficient growth. It also can be used to train machine learning systems in identifying crops that need fertilizer or water.
  3. Crop viability – LiDAR is used for topographic analysis as well as prediction of soil properties in agricultural landscapes. This data allows farmers to analyze, model, and predict crop conditions at each stage, which is critical for them to achieve their goals, productivity, and maximize profits.
  4. Astronomy – Aeronautics and Space scientists use LiDAR technology to explore planets such as NASA exploring Mars. thanks to Lidat they were able to create a topographic map that detected snow falling in the atmosphere.
  5. Lunar laser-ranging – LiDAR has been used as a part of the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment. Findings have shown that the moon is spiraling away from Earth at a rate of 3.8 cm/year.
  6. Climate change – Climate scientists utilize LiDAR to track and study changes in the atmosphere as well as calculate changes in glaciers over time. 
  7. Pollution modeling – LiDAR technology can detect particles in both water and air, which makes it particularly adept at identifying pollutants like sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and methane. Researchers can use this data to observe and reduce pollutant build-up in a specific area.
  8. Tsunami modeling – LiDAR is a great tool for tsunami alerts. It helps inform systems that warn people when a tsunami might occur in an area. It also helps determine the elevation value of a seashore as well as underwater elevation. When the LiDAR data is layered into the GIS, experts can predict which areas are most possible to be affected by a tsunami. 

Today, LIDAR is used in many different and useful ways that are transforming entire industries and society.  At ACI Corporation we work with LiDAR suppliers to deliver superior, affordable LiDAR sensors for your R&D projects. 

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