Lidar Used to Measure Snowpack in Canadian Rockies

Alberta Rocky Mountains area of interest includes steep terrain, snow valleys and dense vegetation

Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) has been used successfully to map the depth of the snowpack on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. The existence of such data makes it possible to accurately assess the amount of available water in the snowpack. Such data is vital for determining how much water will filter downhill after the snowpack melts.

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