Using Lasers To Map New York City
A high-tech mapping project aims to better understand how to equip NYC for a more sustainable future.
As part of PlaNYC, a comprehensive sustainability plan for New York City’s future, the city was recently mapped by a plane equipped with laser systems. The Shrike Commander made several post midnight flights, collecting highly precise images of the city using a laser technology known as Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging), which coincidentally also helped in mapping an ancient Mayan civilization recently.
All the data compiled will be made into a comprehensive set of flood and solar maps that will show areas most prone to flooding, the buildings best suited for installing solar power and whether any wetlands still exist in the city, among other details. The maps will be used by the city’s emergency response system for emergency situations and for achieving its environmental goals, such as estimating the solar potential for every building in the city.