Lidar scan every inch of the Earth.
In the summer of 2021 the Earth Archive sponsored the scan of the Muir Woods redwood grove within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area just north of San Francisco CA. This high-resolution scan has so far been used to count the number of trees within the National Monument, and construct updated estimates of bio-mass and carbon within the National Monument.
Introducting the future
Light Detection & Ranging, (aka LiDAR) involves projecting a dense grid of infrared beams from an airplane towards the ground. It produces a high-resolution scan of the earth’s surface & everything on it. The image itself is composed of data we call voxels and they are rich with information we can use to measure, count, or discover.
Our rapidly changing earth presents a grand challenge for humanity and there is an urgent need to digitally capture the planet’s surface, providing a legacy for future generations, and as a critical baseline for measuring sustainability efforts including carbon offsets. Airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR), which involves firing a dense grid of infrared beams to the ground from an aircraft, is the ultimate conservation tool that allows us to digitize the Earth.
The EA is an international effort to LiDAR scan the entire land mass of the planet (29.2%) to create a 3D digital Earth. The goal is to provide a comprehensive baseline database of the Earth’s surface and everything on it, at a high resolution-- and help provide solutions for populations at the greatest risk.
The Earth Archive will store the LiDAR data in an open source online archive to encourage the use by educational institutions, local communities, environmental and conservation groups, botanists, fire prevention efforts, and climate change efforts both for carbon offsets and human climate migration.
18M acres of forest
are lost annually.
This threatens our climate, natural ecosystems, and our world’s basic way of living. With over 50% of the Earth’s rainforests completely destroyed we must ask now, and with intent to save our species.
If you are interested in getting a deep dive into what we do and how we do it, we would love for you to schedule a demo with us. We will walk you through our data and show you can you too can leverage The Earth Archive for your conservational activities at no cost to your organization.