Light Detection & Ranging

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) is also known as Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS). LiDAR is an active, remote sensing technology. It provides better information about forest structures and key attributes, such as height and volume. Since 2005, the Government has worked with research institutions and industry on this technology. Its primary goal is to implement LiDAR enhanced forest inventory in the provincial inventory program.

Below are some highlights of the Government's efforts to put LiDAR technology in place:

  • 2015/2016
    • The Government performed another operational LiDAR enhanced forest inventory project in the Okanagan
  • 2013/2014
    • The Government worked in partnership with BC Timber Sales and Western Forest Products on a LiDAR enhanced forest inventory project involving over 100,000 ha on northern Vancouver Island
    • The Government joined a similar partnership with the University of British Columbia on a LiDAR trial in the UBC Research Forest in the Interior
  • 2008
    • The Government completed the first LiDAR inventory pilot project with the University of Victoria