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Doing the Seismic Wave


LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) topography data, acquired from airborne laser scanners, provide an unprecedented level of detail of the earth's surface. Viewed as an array of laser beam hits, LiDAR has revolutionary applications in geology, ecology, urban/rural planning, and engineering. This LiDAR image shows the California Memorial Stadium at the University of California, Berkeley, which sits on the Hayward Fault. Each point is colored by the intensity of the laser return, as well as its relative elevation (blue to red). Inset: The scan pattern of the laser as well as individual LiDAR returns are visible. SDSC is creating Internet-based tools, allowing researchers to access and process multi-billion point LiDAR datasets.
Image: C. Crosby, SDSC. Data: NSF-funded GeoEarthScope Project.
Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego

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