For the first time this month the Environment Agency are making their LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data available for everyone to use for free. This data has been gathered over the last 17 years using lasers to map and scan the English landscape from above to enable work such as flood modelling and tracking of changing coastal habitats to be carried out.
The data can now be used by organisations, business and individuals to do everything from manage forests, discover hidden archaeological features and even create virtual worlds for gaming! The 11 terabytes of data, which is roughly equivalent to 2.75m MP3 songs, will be available through the Agency’s Open LIDAR portal under an Open Government Licence, allowing it to be used for any purpose.
At Envireau Water we believe that this is a huge step forward and will create some interesting opportunities for both us and our clients.
You can read more and find a link to the portal here.