Inaugural World Lidar Day to Launch Feb. 12 at Geo Week Conference in Denver USA - English APAC - English USA - English

DENVER, Feb. 9, 2024 ~ Denver, CO - The first ever World Lidar Day will be celebrated this Monday, February 12th, coinciding with Geo Week, one of the largest geospatial conferences in the world. This day was founded by a group of public agency and private industry representatives who are working together to raise awareness about the value and expanding applications of lidar technology.

Lidar, short for light detection and ranging, is a remote sensing technology that uses pulses of light to determine the distance to an object by measuring the time it takes for the light to return. It can be collected via air, land, and sea vessels, and is even available on some smartphones. The data collected through lidar can vary in accuracy and can be used for a wide range of applications.

One of the main uses for high-resolution lidar data is to map and model the elevation of both natural and built environments on land or underwater. These data are crucial for addressing global needs such as coastal resilience, emergency response, disaster mitigation, flood-risk management, forestry management, water supply and quality management, infrastructure and construction management, transportation planning, safe deployment of autonomous vehicles, aviation navigation and safety, wildlife and habitat management, invasive species mitigation, critical mineral mapping and mining, agriculture and precision farming, as well as natural resources conservation.

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The demand for lidar technology has been steadily increasing due to its evolving benefits and ongoing returns on investment. In fact, according to reports from the global market research firm MarketsandMarkets™️ , the global lidar market reached $2.6 billion in 2023 and is expected to grow to over $12 billion by 2032.

The founding members of World Lidar Day include prestigious organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Geodetic Survey (NOAA NGS), International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX), U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), Woolpert, Hexagon, RIEGL, Teledyne Optech, and LIDAR Magazine.

The main goal of World Lidar Day is to promote awareness and understanding of lidar technology and to provide an annual platform for learning and collaboration. All organizations that develop or utilize lidar are encouraged to participate in promoting February 12th as World Lidar Day.

For more information about World Lidar Day, please visit Media inquiries can be directed to Jill Kelley at 937-531-1258.
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