Introduction to Lidar

Key Info
Description - a brief synopsis, abstract or summary of what the learning resource is about: 

This self-paced, online training introduces several fundamental concepts of lidar and demonstrates how high-accuracy lidar-derived elevation data support natural resource and emergency management applications in the coastal zone.  Note: requires Adopbe Flash Plugin.

Learning objectives:

  • Define lidar
  • Select different types of elevation data for specific coastal applications
  • Describe how lidar are collected
  • Identify the important characteristics of lidar data
  • Distinguish between different lidar data products
  • Recognize aspects of data quality that impact data usability
  • Locate sources of lidar data
  • Discover additional information and additional educational resources


Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Access Cost: 
No fee
Primary language(s) in which the learning resource was originally published or made available: 
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Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Coastal data
Data access
Data access methods
Data literacy
Data quality - Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements
Elevation data
LiDAR technology
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Earth Sciences
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
Open Topography
Media Type - designation of the form in which the content of the learning resource is represented, e.g., moving image: 
Presentation - representation of the particular way in which an author shows, describes or explains one or more concepts, e.g., a set of Powerpoint slides.
Educational Info
Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
Learning Resource Type - category of the learning resource from the point of view of a professional educator: 
Lesson - detailed description of an element of instruction in a course, [could be] contained in a unit of one or more lessons, and used by a teacher to guide class instruction. Example: presentation slides on a topic.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Early-career research scientist
Graduate student
Mid-career research scientist
Research faculty
Research scientist
Undergraduate student
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)